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USC's Rey Maualuga apologizes to ESPN's Erin Andrews, school says

January 6, 2009 |  8:39 pm

EDITOR'S NOTE: This post was originally published with a video of the incident for which Maualuga apologized. The video was first published on "All Things Trojan," which described the action in the video as dancing. The video is not appropriate based on Times' standards and practices and should not have been posted; it has been removed from both blogs.

Responding to inquiries from media outlets, USC issued a statement regarding a video that captured linebacker Rey Maualuga dancing behind unsuspecting ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews before the Rose Bowl game.

"The situation was addressed immediately," the statement said. "Rey both e-mailed and spoke to Erin and apologized to her. He realized he made a mistake and used poor judgment. He deeply regrets his actions."

Andrews has declined to comment. Maualuga could not be reached for comment.

"We appreciate the apology," ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said.

-- Gary Klein

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