If you can’t beat them, steal their balls.
These are words to live by for Memphis cornerback Reggis Ball, who decided he wasn’t about to leave Wednesday’s Birmingham Bowl loss empty-handed and wrestled a football away from an Auburn equipment worker before flipping everybody off on his way out of Legion Field.
Video shot from the stands shortly after Auburn’s 31-10 victory showed a Memphis player, allegedly Ball, fighting off an Auburn staffer for the football before escaping and giving the one-figure salute for good measure.
According to some reports, Ball initially stole the football from an Auburn equipment bag and made a run for it. After avoiding several Auburn staffers, he finally got away for good by shoving his way loose, as seen in the video.
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Not surprisingly, Ball, a senior, was immediately “removed” from the team.
Before fighting off an Auburn equipment manager for the football, Reggis Ball (r.) does the same during Wednesday’s Birmingham Bowl.
“This player’s actions are totally unacceptable. He has been immediately removed from the team and we will continue to move swiftly in addressing what occurred,” school athletic director Tom Bowen said in a statement to Al.com.
Incoming Mike Norvell released a statement of his own trashing Ball despite the cornerback’s two-interception performance that also included a 53-yard touchdown return.
“We’re embarrassed about the actions that occurred after the game and that is definitely not the standards or expectations the Memphis football program stands for,” Norvell said.
“Even though Mr. Ball’s football career has ended, he will no longer be a part of the Memphis program because of these actions.”