Star Badgers running back cited for trespassing at Mifflin block party
Wisconsin's Montee Ball listens to a question during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, in Madison, Wis. Ball said he is coming back for his senior season. Ball told reporters that NFL evaluators informed him he would likely be a third-round draft pick and he thinks he can improve his stock. He acknowledged he's taking a huge gamble that he will make it through his senior season without a serious injury or a drop-off in his statistics. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Craig Schreiner) ORG XMIT: WIMAW104 Image by Craig Schreiner
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Madison police say Wisconsin running back Montee Ball has been ticketed for trespassing during the annual Mifflin Street block party.
Police spokesman Joel DeSpain says Ball was on the porch of home Saturday and a resident didn't want him there.
A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report (http://bit.ly/KzrTDQ ) says several Mifflin St. residents have posted no-trespassing signs this year, allowing police to issue tickets if unwanted people are on the property.
DeSpain says Ball was cooperative, and alcohol wasn't an issue. The junior was given a $429 ticket.
Justin Doherty is the school's associate athletic director. He says coach Bret Bielema will likely have a conversation with his star running back over the incident.
Doherty also says the citation represents a good learning opportunity for Ball and the university's other student-athletes.