Auburn’s Johni Broome has run-in with Morgan Freeman during Ole Miss game, apologizes to actor

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Actor Morgan Freeman sat courtside to watch Ole Miss take on Auburn on Saturday and had a run-in with one of the Tigers players during the game.

Auburn forward Johni Broome tried to save a ball from going out of bounds in the second half of the team’s 91-77 win over the Rebels. He then felt someone tug on the back of his jersey.

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Johni Broome and Morgan Freeman

Auburn forward Johni Broome reaches out and apologizes to Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman after falling into him while going after the ball during the game against Mississippi, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024, in Oxford. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Johni Broome sticks his hand out

Auburn Tigers’ Johni Broome went out of bounds during the Mississippi Rebels game at The Sandy and John Black Pavilion at Ole Miss in Oxford on Feb. 3, 2024. (Petre Thomas-USA Today Sports)

Broome was intense in the moment and slapped Freeman’s hand away, thinking it was just another rowdy fan. He then saw it was Freeman, who is a big Ole Miss fan and attends many games, and laughed it off.

“I kind of got his hand off,” Broome said after the game. “I saw who it was and I’m a big movie guy. I probably watched one of his movies on the plane coming here.

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“But I realized it was him and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m a big fan. I’m sorry.’ He said, ‘Just keep playing.’”

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During a break, he went back over to Freeman to apologize.

“I’m just like, ‘I’m sorry, again,’” he explained. “He said, ‘You all good. Just keep playing.’ He’s a very good guy. Love him.”

Broome scored 15 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished out seven assists and had three blocks. Tigers teammate Jaylin Williams added 16 points, five rebounds and two assists.

Johni Broome celebrates

Auburn’s Johni Broome and the rest of the team react after defeating the Rebels at The Sandy and John Black Pavilion at Ole Miss in Oxford on Feb. 3, 2024. (Petre Thomas-USA Today Sports)

Ole Miss’ Allen Flanigan led all scorers with 20 points. He had five rebounds as well. Matthew Murrell had 18 points with five rebounds and three assists.

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Auburn improved to 18-4 and Ole Miss fell to 18-4.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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