Cal AD Calls Montgomery's Shove Of Crabbe 'Unacceptable'
Cal head coach Mike Montgomery viscously shoved Allen Crabbe during a second half timeout in the team's 76-68 win over USC on Sunday.
"It worked, didn't it?" said Montgomery with a laugh before saying that he would do it again.
In a statement later, Montgomery said, "I have great passion for this game and tonight, I let my emotions get away from me in the heat of the moment. While my intent was to motivate our student-athletes, my behavior was inappropriate and I apologize for my actions."
Barbour's full statement:
"Sunday's game was an emotional one for everyone who cares deeply about our men's basketball program, and the Bears certainly showed tremendous resolve coming back to earn a win over USC. However, it is unacceptable for our coaches to have physical contact with student-athletes regardless of the circumstances. The second-half incident was certainly out of character for Mike Montgomery, and I am confident that something like this will not happen again."
Crabbe spent a few minutes in a tunnel near the Cal bench before being reinserted in the game.
"Just spur of the moment," Crabbe said. "It was a emotional game at the time. He was trying to motivate me. Everything's fine. It's under the bridge. He's my coach."