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Oregon State suspends Jarmal Reid for tripping referee

'I'm well aware that I made a mistake that has damaged my image,' Reid said in a statement released after the suspension.
By The Sports Xchange   |   Jan. 19, 2016 at 10:32 AM

Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle suspended forward Jarmal Reid for at least four games on Monday, a day after Reid stuck out his leg and tripped a referee late in a loss against Utah on Sunday.

After the suspension was announced, Reid apologized.

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"I'm well aware that my actions not only embarrassed my family, but also the university and the Oregon State basketball program," Reid said in a statement. "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."

Tinkle said he would evaluate Reid's behavior during the next two weeks and then determine if further punishment is warranted.

Reid was ejected with 2:56 remaining in a 59-53 loss to the Utes when he stuck out his leg and sent referee Tommy Nunez tumbling.

Video replay of the incident shows Reid trying to dribble up court when Utah center Jakob Poeltl collides with the Beavers forward, who slips and falls to the floor. At that point, Reid complains about the no-call and seems to make eye contact with Nunez. As he gets up, Reid sticks his right leg out and sends Nunez tumbling to the court.

In a postgame news conference, Tinkle said he didn't see the play.

Reid "swore he didn't do anything."

"We are obviously very disappointed and apologize to everyone involved," Tinkle said in a statement Monday. "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."

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