(MADISON, Wis.) — Making his first public appearance since being assaulted Aug. 1 near campus, University of Wisconsin running back Montee Ball said he was not involved in any brawl before the incident.
“I had nothing to do with it at all, but with the police investigation still going on there’s not much I can say,” Ball said. “But I can 100 percent tell you that I had nothing to do with that first fight, honestly.”
Speaking at Wisconsin media day, Ball said he initially addressed the incident during a meeting with the running backs.
“I apologized for the situation and what they’ve had to deal with. I also told them, ‘I’m all in to win with you guys.’ I just felt it was the time to say that just so everyone knows, `I’m all in.”
Ball also ran into trouble in May when he was fined for trespassing at a local block party.
Ball sustained a concussion during the attack and is being limited to non-contact drills during Badger practices.
The 21-year old is considered a Heisman Trophy hopeful on a team that leans heavily on their running game.
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News