Former Memphis cornerback Reggis Ball, who infamously tackled a member of Auburn’s equipment staff in a successful attempt to steal an Auburn game ball after Auburn’s 31-10 win over Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl, has apologized.

Ball, who was released by the team four hours after the incident, hand wrote the apology (directed to Auburn AD Jay Jacobs) and posted it on his Facebook account on Tuesday.

Here’s a snapshot of it, provided by Bryan Moss of Below the tweet, you can see the transcribed version in its entirety:

“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.

R. Ball”


Ball had 2 interceptions in the bowl game, one off Jason Smith and one off Sean White, the second one was returned 53 yards for a touchdown, the only one Memphis would score in the entire game.