AUBURN, Ala. — The Memphis football player responsible for tackling an Auburn equipment manager and stealing a game ball following the Birmingham Bowl has been allowed to return to the program for its Pro Day.
Reggis Ball, who stole the ball and bragged about it on social media following the 31-10 loss to Auburn, will participate in pro day activities at Memphis after being booted from the team and disavowed from the program.
Why the change of heart? It turns out no one would let him participate in pro day activities at other schools and Memphis felt obligated to make a move.
Ball has “sought ways to remedy the consequences of his behavior following the Birmingham Bowl” and has returned the football to Auburn, according to Memphis. Ball also issued an apology to Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs.
“Reggis has also personally apologized to me and to the University of Memphis for his post-game behavior in Birmingham,” Memphis athletics director Tom Bowen said in a statement. Because he was unable to participate in another Pro Day test, we are allowing him to test with the Tigers today, although he has had to train on his own away from our facilities.”
Ball had two interceptions, including a 53-yard touchdown return in the game. He later signed the stolen football and posted a photo of his handiwork on Instagram with the hashtag “#RANOFFONDAPLUGTWICE.”
Reggis Ball is being allowed to participate in pro day after all. Statement from Tom Bowen: pic.twitter.com/tGel4xcXie
— Tom Schad (@Tom_Schad) April 6, 2016