Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

SEC ref Anthony Jordan explains photo of him posing with LSU T-shirt

Tennessee LSU Basketball

LSU’s Javonte Smart dribbles up court as Tennessee’s Lamonte Turner defends during an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La. (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- 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.

Here is the picture in question: