Montee Ball arrested.

Submitted by Section 1 on May 5th, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Somebody needs to figure out how to make spring football last longer, or else the nation's jails will be filled with college football players.

Today's arrestee; Montee Ball, Heisman-finalist running back from Wisconsin. 

Arrested at Madison's hilariously overblown Mifflin Street block party and drunkfest.  In a town known for infamous dunkfests, Mifflin Street is just about the drunkest.  (Right after "losing to Michigan.")

Montee:  DON'T GO.



May 5th, 2012 at 9:04 PM ^

...if all he did was just refuse to leave a porch at a block party essentially, this probably amounts to a small fine and/or some sort of lecture in court and that's likely the end of it (not sure what Bielema would do here, of course, but likely not a whole lot). Nevertheless, I would imagine that some embarrassed badgers are embarrassed to some extent...


OMG Shirtless

May 5th, 2012 at 8:38 PM ^

Shit, "Cite and Release" (giving someone a ticket and releasing them on the spot) is considered an Arrest in Madison?  Does that mean speeding tickets are considered arrests too?

Zone Left

May 5th, 2012 at 10:13 PM ^

In military law, you're considered to be in a custodial situation (i.e. you can't leave) if an MP has you pulled over. It is essentially equated to be a very short arrest. MGoLawyas can probably be more specific, but it is kind of an arrest. If Ball would have run away, the cops would have probably driven to his apartment the next day after immediately giving up on foot pursuit to arrest him for fleeing the scene.

Section 1

May 5th, 2012 at 10:17 PM ^

It is a bit of legal semantics.  We think of arrests as being led somewhere in handcuffs.  Perp-walked.  Put in the back of a patrol car.

But this was very much an "arrest."  If you are stopped and confronted by a police officer and are being written a citation for a civil or criminal misdemeanor, you are under arrest during that process.  If you don't think so, try walking away while all that is occurring, and you will soon discover what it means to be under arrest.  You can be arrested and released without charges.  In first-year crim law, the general rule is that if you don't know if you are under arrest, just ask the officer if you can leave.  If not, you had best regard yourself as under arrest.  Nothing may come of it.  But if you act up, you are liable to be cited for some form of resisting arrest.



May 5th, 2012 at 10:26 PM ^

You are correct. But I still call bullshit on the article for calling this an "arrest." If we go by the "restraint under color of authority" standard, traffic stops are arrests. Terry stops are arrests. It makes for a great bright line for ConLaw purposes, but it's inflammatory in this context.

Then again, not much of interest happens in Wisconsin.


May 6th, 2012 at 2:21 AM ^

I don't get why people are getting worked up. The reporter misused the word "arrest." Not the first time a reporter has written a story without understanding what exactly he was writing about, right Section 1?

Section 1

May 6th, 2012 at 9:31 AM ^

It is a trivial arrest; a non-violent misdemeanor.  (Reporters correctly use the term "arrested," because that much is a statement of fact, and they don't wish to mention specific crimes or presume guilt until there has been a conviction or a guilty plea.  Any statement that impugns guilt of a crime quickly gets a publication into trouble for defamation.)

The real story was Madison's weeklong freakout over Mifflin and the mashup of the Dean's "Dont' Go" video warning.  And this was the punctuation mark for Mifflin.  Wisconsin's most famous student, ticketed for trespassing.

OMG Shirtless

May 6th, 2012 at 8:50 AM ^

If you asked a potential employee, friend, prostitute, grandmother, etc, "How many times have you been arrested?" Do you really expect them to include the time they got pulled over for rolling a stop sign when they were 16 years old?

Darker Blue

May 5th, 2012 at 9:16 PM ^

You can bond yourself out of jail, before you ever make it to jail in certain cases. I've for sure bonded myself out of jail for Driving on a Suspended License, from my car. 

Naked Bootlegger

May 5th, 2012 at 10:09 PM ^

Mifflin St. has become a major thorn in Madison's side.   Last year had lots of bad stuff go down...assaults, stabbings, etc.   Way outta control.    A Madison tradition since the 60's.


May 5th, 2012 at 10:26 PM ^

my dad's an officer that works mifflin St. every year, and this kind of stuff happens every year.  It's never been very safe, but just like halloween on state street it's never going away either.  My dad was there when they arrested Ball btw, as a fellow michigan fan he thought it was pretty damn funny.


May 5th, 2012 at 10:33 PM ^

just talked to him on the phone about what happened, said Ball was extremely polite about everything.  He also told me he was there when the arrested Brent Moss in 94' for crack possession.  It's funny that these things keep happening when he's working

Naked Bootlegger

May 5th, 2012 at 10:56 PM ^

Small world.   Glad your dad is OK after workin' the Mifflin beat for another year!

I've heard nothing but great things about Ball's personality from some pretty reliable sources.    He was also very gracious and polite during a public meet n' greet before the Badger's spring game during his freshmen year.   My son got a picture with him, and he seemed like a genuinely nice person.   He even smiled at my Michigan t-shirt that I was wearing under my jacket.  


May 5th, 2012 at 11:10 PM ^

thanks,haha yeah he used to work task force so he can handle mifflin pretty easy.  I grew up in Madison myself, I've met Ron Dayne and Berry Alveraz they seem like nice people as well; and I ten to root for the Badgers whenever they aren't playing Michigan, but I always wear my Michigan gear to any game I go to at Camp Randell anyways :).  

I'm glad to see I'm not the only wisconsinite who loves Michigan.  were you at the game where Mallett got the start in Camp Randell?

Naked Bootlegger

May 6th, 2012 at 8:01 AM ^

Yes, I was there...not pretty.   Mallet to Manningham was worth some excitement, but the Henne injury dampened my spirits.   I think Max Martin also had a case of the fumbles that game.    I also made the mistake of walking near the drunken student section as they were spilling out of the stadium after the game.  A group of Badger fans tried to rip my Michigan jersey off me.   That sucked.   Not happy memories. 

Naked Bootlegger

May 6th, 2012 at 8:04 AM ^

The Madison State Street Halloween celebration is huge and has been historically as out-of-control as the annual Mifflin St. bash.   It's calmed down a bit in recent years, at least partially due to fact that the police have gated off the street.   I think the city has also been charging for "admission" into the cordoned off zone in recent years.    But Halloween on Madison's State St. is unlike anything I ever witnessed in Ann Arbor.

Wisconsin Wolverine

May 6th, 2012 at 9:17 PM ^

Getting arrested at Mifflin is kind of like shooting a bogey on a par 3.  It's not good, but it's really not that uncommon.  On the spectrum of bad things that can happen to you at Mifflin, getting arrested for 'trespassing' is on the mild side, far below such things as getting stabbed, set on fire, roofied, falling off a 2nd story balcony, alcohol poisoning, etc.