As a result of his poor decision on the court Sunday night against the Utah Utes in a Pac-12 men’s basketball game, Oregon State senior forward Jarmal Reid earned a four-game minimum suspension from the school, and the Pac-12 Conference is satisfied with the Beavers’ actions in the matter.
Here is Oregon State Head Coach Wayne Tinkle’s official statement on the suspension:
“We are obviously very disappointed and apologize to everyone involved. 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.”
Reid’s own statement reflects the values mentioned in Tinkle’s comments:
“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. 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.”
The incident went viral on social media Sunday night—and not in a good way. According to the Oregon State athletic department statement on the situation, Reid will be allowed to practice during the suspension; however, he will not be with the team on game days. Ironically, if Reid returns after just four games, his first contest back will be against Utah at Gill Coliseum on OSU’s campus.
In the meantime, Reid—who is averaging 4.2 points and 2.2 rebounds a game—will miss home games against UCLA and USC this week, as well as road games next week against the Arizona schools. Oregon State is 11-5 and aiming for its first NCAA Tournament bid since 1990. The Beavers currently have an RPI of 37, which would put them right on the cusp of an at-large selection.