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Student denies attacking Badgers RB Ball

Published On: Jan 18 2013 10:26:35 AM CST
MADISON, Wis. -

One of the men accused of attacking Wisconsin running back Montee Ball near campus said he didn't do it.

Ball suffered a concussion when he was attacked by several men near campus Aug. 1.

A police report said three 21-year-old Madison men were arrested Tuesday afternoon. They were all arrested on charges of party to the crime of substantial battery.

Police identified the suspects as Wendell J. Venerable, Deonte J. Wilson and Robert A. Wilks.

"I am wrongly accused. I had nothing to do with the Montee Ball situation. I did not lay one finger on Montee Ball, and I am wrongly accused," Wilson said. He spoke to WISC-TV from the Dane County Jail.

"They're going after me because I was with a group of people the night of the incident. I was with the group before and after the situation happened, and they have video of me being with the group," Wilson said.

All three men are University of Wisconsin-Madison students.

Lori Berquam, UW-Madison dean of students, released a statement Wednesday stating if students are found responsible for violating UW System codes, punishments could range from a meeting with the dean to suspension or expulsion.

University officials said they are unable to discuss the discipline of specific students.

A Madison police report said detectives are still investigating a fight at a house party July 27 involving students, players and other individuals. While Ball was present, police found no evidence he was involved, according to the police report.

One person received hospital treatment for an injury suffered during the fight, but nobody has been charged so far.

Ball, a Heisman Trophy finalist last season as a junior, has said he had nothing to do with the fight. He hopes to be ready for the season opener.  

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