One of the five men who attacked Wisconsin Badgers running back and Heisman Trophy finalist Montee Ball reportedly said, “One down, nine to go,” indicating that others could be targeted in future attacks.
The Capital Times is reporting that a witness heard one of Ball’s attackers make that statement, but police have no knowledge of other threats against football players.
Ball suffered a concussion and facial injuries. There’s no timetable on his return to the team.
The attack happened at about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday in the 500 block of University Avenue. Ball was walking down a street with some friends. Two friends walking ahead of him turned around and saw Ball on the ground. The attackers surrounded him and kicked him in the head and chest.
“If people are out there who were in close proximity to that particular block at that time, please come forward with any video made of the attack, and we’ll take a look at it,” Madison police officer Howard Payne said. “Don’t minimize any type of evidence that you think might not have any value.”
Surveillance videos taken from cameras in the area didn’t show anything that would help police in their investigation.
No suspects have been identified.
Meantime, Ball is denying reports that he was jumped in retaliation of a fight a week earlier.
Ball earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors last season after rushing for 1,923 yards and an NCAA-record 33 touchdowns on 307 carries.