Monte Ball reportedly was arrested early Friday morning. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

Monte Ball reportedly was arrested early Friday morning. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

According to Madison.com, former Patriots practice squad running back Monte Ball was arrested by Madison, Wisconsin police early Friday morning after he allegedly pushed his girlfriend into a table at a hotel.

The girlfriend reportedly had a cut on her leg that required stitches.

Ball was outside the hotel and reportedly was cooperative. The running back played his college ball at Wisconsin.

He spent the last few months of the 2015 season on the Patriots practice squad, but was one of two players who finished the year on the practice squad and didn’t sign a futures contract to stay with the team.

The other was J.J. Worton, who was charged with two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person aged 14 and over and one count of assault and battery the day before the AFC title game.

In two seasons in the NFL, Ball has 175 carries for 731 yards and five touchdowns, both years being with the Broncos.

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Ryan Hannable

Earlier this week, Rob Gronkowski admitted once working as a stripper at a bachelorette party. During a Thursday appearance on Fox Sports’ “House Party by the Bay” from the site of the Super Bowl, co-host Julie Stewart-Binks brought up the subject. Then she took it a step further, encouraging Gronkowski to demonstrate his skills. “Want to show us maybe show us a little Magic Mike?” she asked.

Gronkowski eventually gave in, walking over to Stewart-Binks and giving her a quick lap dance while she stuffed money in his pants.

And that’s not sitting well with everyone. Stewart-Binks is getting widely criticized for her behavior, especially by other women in the media like the Chicago Tribune’s Shannon Ryan, who are saying her actions make it more difficult for them to be taken seriously.

Jason Whitlock, one of the show’s other hosts, responded to the criticism with a tweet Thursday night that read: Anybody wanna step up on their high horse better have a sparkling closet. All the b.s. that goes on behind closed doors. #frauds

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Jerry Spar

Tom Brady is on to Super Bowl 51.

Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann joined Dale & Holley with Thornton on Wednesday to discuss the latest chapter in Deflategate.

Michael McCann

Michael McCann

Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann joined Dale & Holley with Thornton on Wednesday to discuss the latest chapter in Deflategate. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

After league commissioner Roger Goodell announced the NFL would not release PSI measurements taken over the course of the season, many have been left searching for answers.

“I would imagine one possible answer is that the results don’t corroborate some of the theories the NFL offered last year about deflated footballs,” McCann said. “There’s also the possibility that the NFL doesn’t want to share information that could be used by Tom Brady, not in the appeal, but if Tom Brady were to pursue a defamation lawsuit against the NFL.”

The possibility of a Brady defamation suit as been thrown around a lot this week after many suspect the NFL is hiding something by not releasing its data. Although it undoubtedly would drag this case out much longer than he would like it, it is certainly an option for Brady.

“The evidence suggests that he has been defamed, in the sense that there have been things said about him that basic tenets of science repudiate,” McCann said. “If you’re him, you could clearly show that you’ve been harmed. His reputation has been harmed, he’s been embarrassed, the rest of the country calls him a cheater. … Do I think he’s going to do it? No. But I would be pretty furious if I were him.”

Next up for Brady is the appeals hearing in March, and many believe he has a serious advantage over the NFL.

“I would say the point spread is pretty considerable. I say that because, a) Judge Berman’s decisions are approved 92 percent of the time,” McCann said. “Secondly, I also don’t see any great flaws in Judge Berman’s decision. It isn’t as if anyone has read his opinion and said, ‘Yeah, that’s where there’s a big opening.’ I think at this point, without knowing who the appellate judges are, I would say it’s a pretty considerable point spread in Brady’s favor.”

In addition to Brady, many feel Robert Kraft should take legal action against the NFL. The Patriots were stripped of two draft picks and fined $1 million for something that has not yet been proven.

“I think realistically, he missed the window, and I don’t think the window was ever open in a way that it would have been a likelihood of winning a lawsuit,” McCann said. “I say that because at the end of the day, when you buy an NFL franchise you agree to a series of documents including the league constitution. That makes it clear that the commissioner has final authority.”

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Travis Upham

The underdog Broncos take on the Panthers on Sunday in Super Bowl 50. Can Peyton Manning pull off the upset in what might be his final game? Will the Panthers complete one of the most impressive seasons in NFL history? Let us know what you think.

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WEEI

Tom Brady is on to Super Bowl 51.

Tom Brady is on to Super Bowl 51.

In an 1-on-1 interview with CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran Thursday, Tom Brady Sr. talked about his son’s passion and how motivated he is for next season already, less than two weeks removed from falling in this year’s AFC title game.

“Tommy is a football player,” Brady Sr. said. “This is not a July-January or February endeavor for him. He loves two-a-days that started for him a week ago that will be two-a-days from January 20 to the next February. He has a countdown clock in his gym that is now ticking to next year’s Super Bowl. It’s clicking, yes. And he is still doing his two-a-days.”

Of course Deflategate did come up and Brady Sr. said his son is at peace with what has happened and this whole year has been harder on him as Brady’s dad than maybe it has been on Brady himself.

“He’s at peace. He believes 100 percent that he did nothing wrong,” Brady Sr. said. “That is fine and dandy. He’s at peace. It’s often times harder for parents when your kid is being attacked that you become more defensive. I know that things maybe have happened to me in my life that I felt that I’ve been wronged, but I can let that go, but when somebody in any way hurts your child, you take it way more personally even if you have yourself.

“This is 12 months removed. We’re done. We’re on to Super Bowl 51 right now.”

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Ryan Hannable

Tom Brady will graciously help out Roger Goodell and the league this weekend in San Francisco. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)Score one for Tom Brady.