NFL player, former Badger accused of battering girlfriend

NFL athlete, former Badger accused of battering girlfriend

MADISON, Wis. - A former Badger turned NFL player is accused of battering his girlfriend early Friday in Madison, police said.

Madison police said Montee Ball, 25, was at the Hampton Inn and Suites on West Johnson Street at 3:43 a.m. when he was physically violent toward his girlfriend.

She told police Ball threw her and she fell, hitting the corner of a table.

Ball allegedly admitted to pushing her.

Officers said Ball was cooperative.

Ball was arrested on a tentative charge of felony substantial battery.

Ball was signed by the New England Patriots late in the 2015 season but did not play in any games. He had also been drafted in the NFL by the Denver Broncos in 2013 but was released in the 2015 season. Ball was a running back for the UW-Madison Badgers football team from 2009 to 2013.

In August 2012, Ball was the victim of an attack in downtown Madison. His attackers were sentenced later that year.

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