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.
"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."