Montee Ball attacked by 5 men in 'unprovoked assault'

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 03: Montee Ball #28 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs the ball in the fourth quarter against the Michigan State Spartans during the Big 10 Conference Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Montee Ball was taken to the hospital early Wednesday morning after being attacked by five men on the 500 block of University Ave. in Madison. According to the incident report, witnesses saw the men knock Ball to the ground and kick him. After the men fled down Frances St. towards the Kohl Center, Ball was taken to the hospital with head injuries.

Police are investigating the incident as an "unprovoked assault." Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said that it does not appear that Ball knew his attackers. Bret Bielema released a statement via UWBadgers.com.

"My concern right now is for Montee's health and well-being," Bielema said. "Montee has been released from the hospital and is under the care and supervision of our sports medicine staff. We will continue to evaluate him as we approach the start of fall camp this weekend. I do expect Montee to make a full recovery."

The good news is that Ball has been released from the hospital, but the incident is no doubt jarring for the running back as well as fans. Be sure to check back for more updates.

Update: Ball responds!

Update #2: Ball suffered a concussion. There's no timetable for his return. Ugh.

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