Former Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball has been sentenced to 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of battery as part of a plea agreement in his domestic abuse case.
In addition to the jail sentence, Ball will also serve 18 months on probation.
In February, Ball allegedly threw his then-girlfriend into a table at a hotel. The following month, he was also charged in a separate incident after another previous girlfriend told police that she has been physically assaulted by Ball in 2014.
Ball is currently receiving alcohol counseling and will also undergo a certified domestic abuse treatment program. Ball has been ordered to have no contact with either victim.
Ball’s sentencing reportedly includes work-release privileges, which means he can leave jail to work during the day, but must return at night.
“I know that you’ve received trophies and scholarships for pounding people on the gridiron,” Judge William E. Hanrahan said during the 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.
Ball told the judge he was willing to make changes in his life.
"My counseling has been helping me out to correct my imperfections and I understand I made a few mistakes in my life and I’m willing to do whatever I need to do to help myself,” Ball said.
The running back was selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft by the Broncos. He played a total of 21 games for the team before being cut. Ball was signed to the New England Patriots’ practice squad last December, but the team released him in February.