Jamal Reid Suspended At Least 4 Game for Tripping RefereeBy Russell Westerholm
Oregon State University suspended center Jamal Reid at least four game for tripping a referee toward the end of the basketball team's game Sunday against Utah.
"We are obviously very disappointed and apologize to everyone involved," head coach Wayne Tinkle said in a news release. "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."
The Pac-12 released a statement of its own, upholding Oregon State's suspension.
"We commend Oregon State University and its leadership for taking swift and decisive action in response to this incident," Larry Scott, the conference's commissioner, said in the statement. "The Pac-12 strongly emphasizes sportsmanship and fair play in all its athletic competitions and expects high standards of sportsmanship from all participants. Regardless of Mr. Reid's frustration and emotion, such behavior towards a game official is unacceptable and the Conference supports Oregon State's disciplinary actions. The Conference will take no further disciplinary action."
Per ESPN, Reid was seen falling to the floor after being bumped by a Utah player while they both went for a loose ball, though no foul was called on either player. Reid then stuck out his leg and tripped referee Tommy Nunez as he was running toward the other side of the court.
Nunez immediately issued Reid a flagrant 2 foul and ejected him from the game.