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OSU basketball player suspended for tripping referee during game

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Jarmal Reid (Photo: Oregon State University) Jarmal Reid (Photo: Oregon State University)
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An Oregon State University basketball player has been suspended for at least four games after tripping a referee during Sunday's game against Utah.

Senior forward Jarmal Reid was ejected from the game with 2:56 remaining, according to ESPN, which led to a rally by Utah that ended with a 59-53 loss for the Beavers.

Reid was attempting to dribble up the court when he appeared to get bumped by an opposing player. No foul was called and Reid, from the floor, can be seen sticking out his leg to trip the referee running past him.  

The ref fell to the ground.

Coach Wayne Tinkle announced the suspension Monday.

"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.

Tinkle said the suspension is a minimum of four games, with Reid's actions over the next two weeks determining if any further discipline will be issued.  

Reid released a statement through the university on Monday saying his actions were "inexcusable" and he was not raised that way.

"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."

Reid will be allowed to practice during the suspension but will not be with the team on game days.

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