Now it comes out that on the 27th and 28th of July that there indeed was a fight involving some members of the UW football team. Monte Ball denies any involvement in this altercation but, according to the Madison Police Department, was present.
As details trickle out regarding the Ball attack, we are getting a clearer picture of the reasoning, not that I condone any physical violence, behind this attack.
For those of you who argue, “Nothing good happens after midnight”, this wasn’t a time related incident, this seems to be revenge, pure and simple.
Bielema, who seemed to deflect any whispers of his players being involved in a fight, now has to face the media and public scrutiny of what seemed to be “hidden” facts revolving around this investigation. Ball also emphatically denied, via twitter, any involvement in a fight prior to his attack. As more and more details come out regarding both incidents, Ball’s tweet ‘@M_Ball28: The report that I was involved in a fight is totally false.” doesn’t make him look very good. Sometimes it’s what you DON’T say that can make you look as bad as what you do say. Yes, as far as we know you weren’t involved, but Ball fails to mention that he was present at a fight with his teammates.
In today’s day and age, you can’t hide much when it comes to big time football programs. Whether it was a small, insignificant skirmish or a full fledged brawl it doesn’t matter, full disclosure is always needed when it comes to athletic programs at major institutions.