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Police: Badger QB McEvoy in bar, had fake ID night of attack

MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison police reports show Badger quarterback Tanner McEvoy possessed fake identification and had been in a downtown bar before he was attacked and robbed.

Authorities say the 20-year-old McEvoy was hit by an unknown suspect as a group of people robbed him of his iPhone, watch, credit card and wallet July 21 around bar time on Wisconsin Avenue and East Dayton Street. Officials say McEvoy received cuts to the head, but was not seriously hurt. Authorities say a lack of new leads led to the investigation being shut down, but McEvoy recovered his stolen, discarded smart phone using a tracking application.

Police reports state McEvoy told officers his wallet contained fake identification. "He stated that the fake ID was a South Carolina ID," reports state.

McEvoy previously played for the University of South Carolina. McEvoy left the university one year ago after an arrest for speeding and driving after consuming alcohol in North Carolina.

Madison police reports show McEvoy told officers he had been at the Kollege Klub in downtown Madison prior to being victimized. 

According to reports, McEvoy described what happened after he left the bar, and before the attack . "He stated that the next thing he remembers is feeling really drunk and sitting down on the curb at an intersection," reports state.

When asked by 27 News whether authorities considered pursuing an underage drinking citation against McEvoy, Madison police spokesperson Joel DeSpain said officers often use discretion with crime victims in connection with other, potential wrongdoing. DeSpain declined to comment on McEvoy's statements in the July incident.

UW Athletic Department sports information officials Brian Lucas and Brian Mason have yet to return phone calls from 27 News on whether McEvoy was subject to any team sanction for possessing a fake ID, or being underage in a bar.

Late Monday afternoon, UW football coach Gary Andersen told reporters he was unaware of McEvoy's actions as described in police reports, separate from the attack itself.  Later, Anderson told UW Athletics spokesman Brian Lucas that he was aware of what happened and that McEvoy's situation was "handled internally".

Assistant city attorney Jennifer Zilavy is on Madison's Alcohol, License and Review Committee, and tells 27 News she was unaware of police documenting the underage McEvoy's visit to the Kollege Klub.

Zilavy says city officials proposed a non-renewal of Kollege Klub's liquor license in 2009, in part due to more than a half dozen underage patrons being discovered at the bar. Zilavy says the bar agreed to stricter age-enforcement measures to avoid losing its license.

Zilavy tells 27 News she will review reports on McEvoy's presence at the Kollege Klub. Bar owner Jordan Meier has yet to return a call from 27 News seeking comment.

McEvoy, who transferred to UW from an Arizona junior college, is in competition with Curt Phillips and Joel Stave for the spot as Badgers' starting quarterback.

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