Former Memphis defensive back Reggis Ball made headlines for tackling an Auburn equipment manager in order to steal a football following Auburn’s 31-10 win over Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl.
Ball posted a picture of the stolen football with his autograph on his Instagram account (it has since been deleted) following the game, but he apparently took to Facebook Tuesday to apologize.
Reggis Ball pens apology to Auburn on his Facebook page pic.twitter.com/G7yb1rxcS1
— Bryan Moss (@Bryan_Rivals) January 5, 2016
The letter, shared via Bryan Moss of Rivals, states:
“Dear Mr. Jay Jacobs,
I would like to formally apologize for my interaction with a member of your football program, following your Auburn football program’s win at the Birmingham Bowl. In addition, I would like to also apologize for keeping a game ball that was not awarded to me.
I have made sure that the ball is returned to the Auburn football program. My actions following the game were infantile and took away from your program’s much deserved victory. These actions are in no way a reflection of the University of Memphis athletic department, football program, or my character.
I am deeply disappointed that this incident overshadowed the Birmingham Bowl and I hope my apology is heartfelt. Though this has been one of the most embarrassing moments in my life, I will be sure to learn from this and continue to become a much better person and a better player.
I appreciate the Auburn football program’s sportsmanship, and I apologize for any inconvenience that this error in judgement may have caused. Please accept my sincere apology.
Despite it being the final game of his collegiate career, Ball was dismissed from the Memphis program following the Birmingham Bowl. In addition, Memphis apologized to Auburn, and new coach Mike Norvell said Ball would no longer be associated with the team.