Oregon St suspends Reid at least 4 games for tripping ref

The referee calls a foul against Oregon State forward Jarmal Reid (32) after he is tripped by Reid during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Salt Lake City. Reid was ejected from the game. Utah won 59-53. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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Oregon State forward Jarmal Reid was suspended at least four games on Monday, a day after sticking out his leg and tripping a referee late in a loss against Utah.

After coach Wayne Tinkle announced the suspension on Monday, which was affirmed by the Pac-12 Conference, Reid apologized for his actions.

''I'm well aware that my actions not only embarrassed my family, but also the university and the Oregon State basketball program,'' Reid said in a statement. ''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.''

Tinkle said Reid's conduct over the next two weeks will determine if additional discipline will be taken.

Reid sent referee Tommy Nunez tumbling to the court and was ejected with 2:56 remaining in Utah's 59-53 win over Oregon State in Salt Lake City.

After stealing the ball from Utah's Jakob Poeltl, who was driving to the basket, Reid tried dribbling upcourt. But Poeltl appeared to bump Reid and the Oregon State forward slipped and fell to the floor.

Reid, a senior, complained that there was no foul call, and while getting up he seemed to make eye contact with Nunez. Then, he stuck his right leg out and Nunez tumbled to the court.

Afterward, Tinkle said he didn't see the play, but Reid ''swore he didn't do anything.''

''We are obviously very disappointed and apologize to everyone involved,'' Tinkle said in a statement Monday. ''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.