Former Wisconsin star Montee Ball sentenced to 60 days in jail
Montee Ball received his sentence for his two domestic violence incidences.
After pleading guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of a battery, a Madison judge sentenced the former Badger tailback received 60 days in jail. Ball will be on probation for 18 months as part of the plea agreement, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
Judge gives ex-Wisconsin and NFL RB Montee Ball 60 days in jail as condition of probation for battery-domestic violence and 2 DC convictions
— Rob Schultz (@RobSchultzWSJ) August 5, 2016
During the 18 months Ball serves his probation, he’s not allowed to consume or possess alcohol. He’s reportedly undergoing alcohol counseling.
As part of the agreement, Ball will also partake in a domestic abuse treatment program and he won’t be allowed to have contact with the two female victims.
Here’s the statement that judge William E. Hanrahan read to Ball upon his sentencing, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
“I know that you’ve received trophies and scholarships for pounding people on the gridiron,” Hanrahan said in sentencing Ball. “But you have crossed the line. You’ve earned nothing but condemnation and scorn here for your actions.
“There is a difference between hitting big guys in helmets and protective gear and throwing around frail, young women that are vulnerable and depend on you.
“These are women that should have been able to trust you. They should have felt safe with you. You hurt them physically. You hurt them emotionally…
“You crossed the line I am sure in many of your supporters from being a hero to acting no differently than the other insecure bullies that I see coming through court here every day.”
It’s been a rough go for the former FBS career touchdowns leader since he last played in the NFL in September of 2015. He was charged with two felonies and four misdemeanors for his multiple domestic violence incidences with two different women, one of which claimed he threw her across a hotel room.
Another woman claimed that Ball strangled and beat her during an altercation in 2014.
Ball declined to comment following the ruling.