NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 10: Heisman Trophy finalist Montee Ball of the Wisconsin Badger speaks during a press conference at The New York Marriott Marquis on December 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Madison police announced on Tuesday night that three men have been arrested in connection for the attack on Wisconsin running back Montee Ball.
Deonte J. Wilson, Robert A. Wilks, and Wendell J. Venerable, all 21 years old were taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, and are tentatively being charged with substantial battery.
The incident occurred on August 1st when Ball—who was walking home alone—was attacked by five men on the 500 block of University Avenue just after 2 AM. Ball was taken to the hospital and treated for a concussion and facial injuries.
After the attack, police were informed of an earlier incident on July 27th that may have provoked Ball's attackers. Ball has repeatedly stated that he was not involved in the earlier incident.
Wisconsin's star running back missed most of fall camp due to injuries suffered in the attack, but is expected to be ready for action when the Badgers open up their season on Saturday afternoon vs Northern Iowa.
Ball is coming off a year that saw him produce one of the greatest rushing seasons in Wisconsin football history. After seizing the full time job at tailback, Ball tied an NCAA record that was held by Barry Sanders for most touchdowns in a single season.
Ball was recognized as an All-American for his play during the 2011 season, and was a Heisman Trophy finalist.