NFL free-agent running back Montee Ball threw his girlfriend into a table in their hotel room before he was arrested and charged with battery, according to a Madison (Wisc.) PD report.
When police arrived to the couple’s room at the Hampton Inn and Suites on Feb. 5, the victim was being treated by medics. The police report states that she had a bump on the back of her head and a cut on her right leg that required a bandage. She said she felt dizzy when she stood and had to be stretchered out of the hotel.
According to the victim, she and Ball had argued over Ball staying out with friends and women that the victim didn’t know. The victim, who said she had previously been in an abusive relationship, said that she told Ball, “You’re scaring me.” According to her, Ball said, “I understand why your old boyfriend put his hands on you. I’m having a hard time not putting my hands on you now.” Ball then allegedly threw her into a wooden table.
From the narrative:
I asked [victim] if she could tell me what happened that evening and [victim] stated that she had been staying in the Hampton Inn and that there had been an altercation between her and her boyfriend, Montee Ball. [Victim] stated that she had received a call from Ball earlier in the evening, stating that he would be spending the evening with a friend and several other females that evening. [Victim] stated that she informed Ball that this was not going to be acceptable and that he should come to the hotel as opposed to staying with his friends and the other unknown females. [Victim] stated that after originally refusing to return to the hotel, he had eventually returned later in the evening.
[Victim] initially clarified, stating that Ball had been out in the State St area, and that upon learning that he was out at the Wendy’s, had attempted to go to that location in order to pick him up. [Victim] stated that Ball had refused to go at the time and that she had returned to the hotel. [Victim] stated that Ball, who had returned to the hotel, had been intoxicated and had returned with various foods. [Victim] stated that when Ball had entered, he was intoxicated and he was upset. [Victim] stated to me that she knew something like this was going to happen and that she was fearful for what may happen. While she was retreating further back into the bedroom toward the bed furthest from the door, [victim] stated that she told Ball, “You’re scaring me.” [Victim] further advised that she was previously in an abusive relationship and she was able to see signs of what could happen. [Victim] had stated that she was concerned this evening because of the level of intoxication of Ball.
[Victim] stated that she had previously been in an abusive relationship and that she had disclosed this information to Ball. [Victim] stated that when Ball was in the room, he had made a statement to her to the effect of, “I understand why your old boyfriend put his hands on you. I’m having a hard time not putting my hands on you now.” [Victim] stated that she was on the bed, near the far wall of the room, [room number], and that Ball had grabbed her and threw her across the room. [Victim] stated that she had struck her leg on what she believes was the table, and that she had been bleeding out of her leg as a result. [Victim] stated that it all happened very quickly and that once she was able to gain her composure, she was lying on the ground and she felt pain to the back of her head and to her leg.
Police found Ball outside of the hotel. He told officers that he had been in an argument with the victim and had “pushed her away.” Ball said he was going to a different hotel to rent a room.
While the victim was at the hospital, an officer asked her about a bruise on her lip, which wasn’t a reported injury from the battery. The victim said that on Feb. 1, she was driving Ball home when he backhanded her in the face after she had made a comment about him spending too much money. According to her, Ball didn’t say a word before or after he hit her. She did not press charges for that incident.
The Patriots released Ball, 25, from their practice squad on Feb. 9.
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