Jarmal Reid issued four game suspension

Josh Worden, Senior Beat Reporter

Reid appeared to intentially trip ref against Utah

Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle announced Monday a four-game suspension has been handed to senior forward Jarmal Reid, who was ejected in Sunday’s loss to Utah in Salt Lake City.

With 2:56 left in the game and the score tied at 52 points apiece, Reid appeared to stick out his right leg to trip referee Tommy Nunez. Reid had just hit the floor after a collision with Utah forward Jakob Poeltl, which did not receive a foul call.

Reid, who is averaging 4.2 points and  15.7 minutes per game off the bench, will miss the home games this week versus UCLA and USC and then two road matchups with Arizona State and Arizona. He will be allowed to practice with the team until his suspension is lifted.

Tinkle added that Reid’s “conduct and attitude” over the two-week period would decide if the initial four-game suspension would stay or be extended. The Pac-12 Conference said Monday it would not punish Reid further than the four-game suspension from OSU.

“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 in a statement. “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.”

Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott added in a statement that the conference commends the team’s “swift and decisive action in response to this incident.” Tinkle also stated he “worked closely” with the conference in deciding the consequences for Reid.

“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.”

Reid had two points and five rebounds in Sunday’s game. After his ejection, Utah went on a 7-1 run to close the contest with a 59-53 win. OSU led by 14 points in the first half.

Reid has played in nine games this year after missing time earlier with a stress fracture in his foot. Several players could add playing time in his absence; OSU’s depth this year has allowed Tinkle to play nine different players at least 10 minutes per game.

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