I spoke late this afternoon with suspended Cal forward Omondi Amoke, who prefaced our brief phone conversation by saying he isn’t supposed to discuss his situation.
“I’m just not supposed to talk about anything,” Amoke said. “But I’m optimistic about things.”
The sophomore from Oxnard was suspended indefinitely on March 17 for violation of undisclosed team rules.
Asked if he could explain why he was suspended, Amoke said, “I really can’t even comment on it.”
I tried to reach coach Mike Montgomery for a response, especially to Amoke’s contention that he is “optimistic” about being reinstated at some point. Montgomery, who is preparing to leave for the Final Four in Indianapolis, said through a Cal spokesperson that the situation is unchanged and that he has no comment at this point.
Amoke said he continues to attend class, but does not know when his situation might be resolved. He said he has spoken to teammates, but declined to provide any details.
Amoke started 14 games this season, averaging 4.8 points and 4.6 rebounds. He was suspended two days before Cal’s NCAA Tournament opener against Louisville, and did not accompany the team on its trip to Jacksonville, Fla.