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SEC ref explains photo of himself posing with LSU T-shirt

7 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago Tuesday, February 26 2019 Feb 26, 2019 February 26, 2019 1:20 PM February 26, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: Jersey Vol Twitter

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Southeastern Conference referee Anthony Jordan has told the league he didn't mean to show favoritism toward any particular school when he posed for a picture holding an LSU T-shirt five years ago while traveling abroad.

The photograph circulated on social media among disgruntled Tennessee fans after LSU beat the Volunteers 82-80 on a pair of free throws following a foul call with six-tenths of a second remaining in overtime on Saturday. Jordan was a referee in that game.

The loss dropped No. 7 Tennessee into a three-way tie for first place in the SEC with No. 4 Kentucky and No. 13 LSU. The SEC issued a statement Monday saying the photo was not "acceptable with our expectations" but adding that Jordan "has a lengthy track record as a fair and impartial basketball official." Jordan posed for the picture while visiting Spain.

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