That's Mon-TAY. Not Mon-TEE.

Riggins's picture
July 28, 2012 at 7:40p

Apparently Monteé Ball never bothered to tell everyone they were pronouncing his name wrong.  That's understandable. As an 18-year old freshman, you probably think your name means jack and the coach will call you whatever he wants.  Well, Bret BEE-lima is letting everyone know the correct pronunciation now.

It's pronounced Mon-TAY. Not Mon-TEE.

Staples article

"For the entire 2011 season, we thought a tailback named Montee (pronounced Mon-TEE) Ball scored all those points for Wisconsin. It turns out the guy invading end zones across the Big Ten is named Monteé (pronounced Mon-TAY) Ball. What's the difference?

For that, we'll turn to Steve Rushin, the chair of SI's Department of Advanced Athlete Nomenclature. In 2000, while referring to Arizona Cardinals receiver MarTay Jenkins, Rushin typed the finest sentence ever composed regarding the subject of athlete names. "The difference," Rushin wrote, "between a Marty and a MarTay, it goes without saying, is the difference between a party and a partay."

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Poe McKnoe's picture

Steve Rushin, the chair of SI's Department of Advanced Athlete Nomenclature

I want to be the Chair of Advanced Athlete Nomenclature when I grow up! WTF?

Buckeyejason's picture

Ok, Mon-tee. 1!1!1!1!1!1!1! Montee 


KSparkle's picture

well, if you're a parent and you give your kids non-traditional names you run the risk of people mispronoucing their names. 

RedStorm45's picture

This is stupid...he was named after his Dad who goes by Mon-TEE.

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Who are we talking about again....

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