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UPDATED: Memphis safety Reggis Ball steals football in postgame altercation with Auburn’s equipment staff (with video)

Michael Niziolek

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Memphis defensive back Reggis Ball (39) returns an interception as Auburn wide receiver Ricardo Louis (5) tackles him during the Birmingham Bowl NCAA college football game, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. (Albert Cesare | AP Photo)
Memphis defensive back Reggis Ball (39) returns an interception as Auburn wide receiver Ricardo Louis (5) tackles him during the Birmingham Bowl NCAA college football game, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. (Albert Cesare | AP Photo)

UPDATE: A fan shot video of the incident that shows Ball shoving a member of Auburn's equipment staff to get away with the football.

 

Memphis #38 tables auburn ball, steals ball and runs of thefield! #thugloser

Posted by Russell Smith on Wednesday,December 30, 2015

Auburn players ran to midfield to celebrate the program’s first bowl win since 2011 while a bizarre scene unfolded on its sideline.

Memphis safety Reggis Ball stole a football from Auburn’s equipment staff as they worked to gather up the game and practice balls. There was pushing and shoving as Ball fought his way free.

Ball ran off the field giving the middle finger to Auburn’s fans and sideline.

Members of Auburn’s equipment staff were alerted Ball tries to steal a football from opposing teams after the game every time he gets an interception.

Ball had two interceptions in the 31-10 loss and returned his second pick for a touchdown in the second quarter, but he didn’t get away with one of Auburn’s eight game balls.

Auburn’s equipment staff said Ball made off with one of the team’s practice footballs that was lying in the kicking nets on the ground.

Memphis interim coach Darrell Dickey was asked about the incident in his postgame press conference.

“I was hearing bits and pieces of what happen, they are in the dressing room sorting it out,” Dickey said. “We will look into what went on, that’s not us.”

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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