Over the weekend, Oregon State’s Jarmal Reid stole the ball from Utah’s Jakob Poeltl. The two players then got tangled up, sending Reid to the floor; when he saw that no foul was called, he stuck out his leg to send the referee, who declined to blow the whistle, to the hardwood as well.

On Monday, the university took action. “We are obviously very disappointed and apologize to everyone involved,” head coach Wayne 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.

“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.”

“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.

“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.”

Photo: Jarmal Reid trips an official. Screencap via.

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