Oregon State suspends Jarmal Reid minimum of 4 games for tripping ref – USA TODAY
Forward Jarmal Reid will be suspended a minimum of four games after tripping a referee on Sunday, Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle announced Monday.
Reid, apparently upset a foul wasn’t called in overtime, tripped referee Tommy Nunez. Nunez, who was heading back up the court, stumbled.
“First and foremost, I would like to apologize to Oregon State University, Beaver Nation, the Pac-12 Conference, my family, my coaching staff and teammates, and the game officials,” Reid said. “I’m well aware that my actions not only embarrassed my family, but also the university and the Oregon State basketball program. I was not raised to act in that manner that was displayed on that play. I’m well aware that I made a mistake that has damaged my image. My actions are inexcusable and I am willing to accept any and all consequences that are to follow.”
Reid, a senior from Decatur, Ga., will be allowed to practice during the suspension but will not be with the team on game days.
Oregon State worked in conjunction with the Pac-12 Conference, which reviewed and accepted the disciplinary actions.
“We are obviously very disappointed and apologize to everyone involved,” Tinkle said. “Our university and our program do not condone this type of conduct on or off the court. We acted swiftly and severely, but also fairly with the understanding that we are dealing with a 22-year-old young man that we need to help grow through this tough situation.
“We have worked closely with the Pac-12 Conference and their leadership on the suspension. The Conference of Champions sets a high standard for its institutions and student-athletes, and supports the action we have taken at this time.
“Jarmal’s conduct and attitude in the next two weeks will determine whether any further action is warranted beyond the four-game suspension.”
Reid was ejected and the ensuing foul shots off the technical helped Utah seize a 59-53 victory.
“It was obviously a fortuitous deal for us,” Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. “Not a great break for them. It’s unfortunate that was part of the game.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.