Former Denver Broncos running back Lance Ball was arrested Monday in Douglas County on investigation of assault and domestic violence.
Deputies responded Monday to a residence in the Highlands Ranch area near Venneford Ranch Road and South University Boulevard on a report of a “physical domestic disturbance,” according to a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office news release.
A neighbor reported that a victim, bleeding from the head, had run to the neighbor’s house. Deputies arrived and the victim told them that Ball, 37, had started an argument when he returned home from a golf outing where he had been drinking, according to the release.
The argument escalated, and Ball allegedly strangled the victim, broke furnishings and removed a watch from the victim’s wrist, throwing it across a backyard. Ball allegedly threw a cell phone at the victim, hitting the victim in the head and causing a “significant wound.”
The victim was taken to a hospital and Ball was arrested for investigation of domestic violence, second-degree assault and criminal mischief.
The former NFL player was undrafted out of the University of Maryland and cut five times by four teams before finding a stable job in the backfield with the Broncos, where he played from 2009-12. In 41 games, he had 179 carries for 718 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He also had 26 catches for 225 yards and a pair of scores.
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