Senator Yee Calls on Cal to Suspend Coach for Shoving Student-Athlete

February 18, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO – Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo), an alumnus of UC Berkeley, today issued the following statement regarding Cal Basketball Coach Mike Montgomery shoving a student-athlete during last night’s game against USC:
“While I have a lot of respect for Coach Montgomery and I appreciate his apology, his actions at last night’s game were completely unacceptable. As a psychologist, I can assure the university and Coach Montgomery that physically pushing a student-athlete does nothing to motivate them. We do not accept such behavior by our professors and administrators, and we should not tolerate it with our coaches.
The game was an emotional one, but representatives of UC – especially adults – need to be able to control their emotions and refrain from physical altercations with students. I urge the university to take swift disciplinary action of at least a one-game suspension and I wish the Cal basketball program the very best as they enter the final games of the season.”


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