Jarmal Reid Suspended After Tripping Referee vs. Utah: Latest Comments, Reaction

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2016

Oregon State forward Jarmal Reid (32) walks off the court after being ejected for tripping a referee during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Salt Lake City. Utah won 59-53. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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Oregon State announced forward Jarmal Reid would be suspended for a "minimum of four games" after tripping a referee in Sunday night's 59-53 loss to Utah, per Nicole Auerbach of USA Today.

The incident occurred with just under three minutes remaining in the game. Reid stole the ball from Utah's Jakob Poeltl and dribbled up the court, though a lunging Poeltl appeared to bump him, and Reid fell to the ground.

He immediately protested that he was fouled, and when no call was made, he seemed to look at referee Tommy Nunez before sticking out his foot and tripping him. He was assessed a flagrant-2 foul and ejected from the game, and Utah went on a 7-1 run down the stretch to win the contest.

"I don't know what he thought on that play," Poeltl told ESPN.com after the game. "It's unusual, to say the least."

Reid "swore he didn't do anything" after the game, according to Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle, who told ESPN.com he didn't see the play in real time. Clearly, upon further review the university agreed with the referees' assessment that the trip was intentional, however.

Reid, a senior, is averaging 4.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 15.7 minutes per game this season.

With Reid sidelined, Tres Tinkle, Drew Eubanks and Olaf Schaftenaar will be forced to play even more minutes down low in Oregon State's rotation.