Oregon State has suspended forward Jarmal Reid for a minimum of four games after he was ejected from a game for intentionally tripping a referee, according to a press release from the university that was reported by ESPN.
With just under three minutes in yesterday’s game against Utah, Reid was bumped by Utes star center Jakob Poeltl and fell to the ground. No foul was called and Reid then tripped referee Tommy Nunez in frustration. Looking at the video, Reid’s intent is clear.
Reid’s suspension will be extended if he doesn’t live up to certain standards during his time away from the court. Beavers coach Wayne Tinkle offered more.
“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 himself also apologized, but it can definitely be agreed upon that the punishment fits the crime. What Reid did was childish and absolutely inexcusable. Referees are annoying, sure, but they’re also human. They’re going to miss calls. To attempt to cause one injury or simple embarrassment is the sign of blatant disregard, and now Reid will learn his lesson the hard way.
Given how he is only averaging 4.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, it’s safe to say that he isn’t a tremendous loss.
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