Former Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball, who was arrested on charges of domestic battery in February, has been sentenced.
Ball will spend 60 days in jail for the early 2016 incident in which he reportedly shoved a woman during a late-night argument. She fell and landed on a table, cutting her leg badly enough to require stitches.
After the arrest, an ex-girlfriend came forward with accusations of domestic abuse dating back to 2014. Additional charges were added.
The running back was a star in college, rushing for more than 5,000 yards in his career with Wisconsin. He scored 83 touchdowns for the Badgers, an NCAA career record.
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Ball was taken as a second-round draft selection by the Broncos in 2013, and had limited success as a starter before being sidelined by injuries. The team cut him in September of 2015, and he spent the 2015 season on the New England Patriots’ practice squad.
Ball struck a deal to plead guilty to 3 of the 6 total charges he was facing.
“I know that you’ve received trophies and scholarships for pounding people on the gridiron,” said Judge William E. Hanrahan during sentencing. “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,” Hanrahan continued. “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.”
In addition to jail time, Ball will also have to serve 18 months of probation as part of the plea agreement. He’s also doing alcohol counseling and was ordered to complete a certified domestic abuse treatment program.