Junior cornerback Brett Bell was arrested Thursday after violating the terms of his probation and spent the night in jail, the The Capital Times reported Friday.
Bell returned to Wisconsin's practice field Saturday and worked out with the team. He did not take part in scrimmage sessions but was active in other drills.
According to the Associated Press, Bell was arrested Thursday for drinking, leaving the state for two days without permission and missing an appointment with his probation officer.
"I believe that was an overreaction of the probation officer," head coach Barry Alvarez said after Saturday's practice. "Brett didn't do anything, that's why he's not in jail."
Alvarez stressed that the incident has not changed Bell's status on the Badger football team.
"He didn't do anything," Alvarez repeated.
Bell was sentenced to 23 months probation in April 2003, the result of two arrests the previous year. On April 20, 2002, he and then-Badger Jeff Lang got into a fight at State Street Brats in downtown Madison. Bell pled no contest to disorderly conduct charges and was placed in the state of Wisconsin's first offenders program. He was arrested a second time on Dec. 21, 2002 for allegedly beating up a fellow passenger in a cab. Four months later he pled no contest to a battery charge and was placed on probation.
When asked whether Bell's brief jail time this week fell under the terms of UW's Student-Athlete Discipline Policy, Alvarez said, "I don't know. I don't think there's any secret about what happened. You asked me questions. I answered them as best I could."
CB spent night in jail, returns to practice
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