Montee Ball, Wisconsin running back, 2011 Heisman runner-up and Big Ten player of the year, was allegedly arrested Saturday for "trespassing on a porch." While that phrase alone will no doubt serve as a silver bullet for cable television's various professional character assassins come 2013 NFL Draft time, a little context reveals that Ball's certainly guilty of being a college student like every other college student at a huge, unruly college party in Madison, Wis.
Allegedly, this is a pic of Ball doing a perp walk:
Photo from the Twitter timeline of @nathanmanders
According to a reporter from ESPN Wisconsin (Related: There's an ESPN Wisconsin? There is!), Ball paid a standard fine and was released:
No alcohol involved for Montee Ball. $429 fine. To me, this is a non-issue. No suspension warranted. Pay the fine and move on. #Badgers— Tom Lea (@ESPNTomLea) May 5, 2012
And while it's of little matter to the pearl-clutching element of the national media, according to this Tweet from a local TV reporter, Ball was arrested at the "Mifflin Block Party," an annual outdoor affair that's a veritable buffet of potential petty charges such as Ball's. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel report on the arrest paints a picture slightly less terrifying than another star college athlete out of control, noting that 256 citations were handed out Saturday:
Ball was on the porch of a Mifflin St. residence and someone who lives there did not know him and didn't want him on the porch, DeSpain said.
Several residences on Mifflin St. this year have posted no-trespassing signs, which allows police to issue tickets if unwanted people are on the property, DeSpain said.
DeSpain said Ball was cooperative and drinking was not an issue with the University of Wisconsin football player.