Memphis player apologizes for tackling Auburn equipment staffer

Former Memphis defensive back Reggis Ball had two interceptions and a touchdown against Auburn in this year's Birmingham Bowl. However, that is not what gained Ball attention from the press, as Ball was later seen after the game tackling an Auburn equipment staffer, stealing a game ball, and running away while gesturing the middle finger at fans.

Ball has since apologized for the incident, posting this letter to his Facebook account:

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"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"

This letter does seem sincere, so maybe Ball has indeed felt regret over the incident. Ball was kicked off of the Memphis team after the game, but that did not mean much considering Ball is a senior.

Auburn has yet to publicly respond to the apology.