OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) — Ole Miss wide receiver Elijah Moore apologized for pretending to be a urinating dog after a touchdown in Thursday's Egg Bowl.
“I apologize to my teammates, coaches and Rebel Nation for my actions at the end of the game," said Moore in a written statement released Friday. "It was an emotional moment, and I deeply regret it. It does not represent who I am or who we are as a team, and I will grow stronger from this mistake.”
Athletics director Keith Carter and head football coach Matt Luke also apologized in a statement on behalf of the football program.
“Elijah is a fine young man who lost control of his emotions in the moment," the two said in the statement. "This incident does not reflect in any way the type of student-athletes on our football team or the culture of respect that permeates our locker room."
"Discipline is a staple of our program as evidenced by being the least penalized team in our league, and we will continue to uphold an uncompromising standard of behavior on and off the field," the two added. "In maintaining our team’s high level of accountability, we will address the matter, and disciplinary action will be handled internally.”
Moore's gesture after catching a touchdown pass with four seconds left in the game led to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. It made the extra point attempt 35 yards. Luke Logan missed it, allowing Mississippi State to win 21-20.