Basketball: Cal star’s mother says Allen Crabbe has put shoving incident behind him


Two days after coach Mike Montgomery shoved her son during Cal’s basketball game against USC, Allen Crabbe’s mother said she still is dealing with an array of emotions.

“I’m probably having a hard time putting it behind me,” Crabbe’s mother, Cheryl Price, said in a phone interview Tuesday morning with this newspaper. “Allen asked his dad and I to let him handle it, (saying), ‘I have to do these things myself.’ We’re letting him handle it the way he wants to.”

Montgomery gave Crabbe, the Pac-12’s leading scorer, a sharp push during a timeout early in the second half of Cal’s game Sunday against USC, hoping to motivate him. Crabbe scored 14 of his 23 points after the incident, sparking a 76-68 come-from-behind victory.

California’s Allen Crabbe (23) celebrates a score against USC. (AP Photo/Ben Margot

Allen Crabbe Jr., the Cal star’s father, said he emerged from a meeting with the coach satisfied the matter is closed and there won’t be a repeat of the incident.

“I told Montgomery, ‘I respect you as a coach. Do I respect what you did? No. You can’t put your hands on a kid. It’s 2013,” Crabbe’s father said in a phone interview. “He understood and said it was his mistake.”

Montgomery, on a Pac-12 coaches teleconference with reporters, reiterated his admission that he acted inappropriately.

“Fact is, I was wrong,” Montgomery said. “Allen was fine with it, we’re fine with each other, the team’s fine. That’s really your primary concern.”

Montgomery said the pressures of a late-season push toward the NCAA tournament do not mitigate his behavior.

“There’s no excuse,” he said. “I’ve been doing this for 31 years. I know better. It’s totally out of character for me. There’s nothing that makes it right.”

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Jeff Faraudo

  • wehofx

    JF, great reporting over the last coupla days. It seems, with good reason, that you are the most quoted reporter on the other sites.

    JF, would you care to editorialize? I’m interested to hear your opinion of “The Shove” and its aftermath.

    Mom being a good Mom. I also like how Crabbe is handling himself.

    Go Bears! Beat pku!

  • The Wisdom Cow

    It simply wasn’t a “shove,” A forceful poke, more like.

    You want shoves?


  • Mitchie V

    It was over the line. It must be frustrating as heck for MM to watch all that talent in a sometimes passive person, but you can’t shove/poke/hit your players.

    Allen Crabbe has handled this about as well as can be expected. I am SO glad he had such a great performance to end the game (and now Pac 12 player of the week!). Winning makes it all go down so much nicer.

    Hope we can all put it behind and move on. And beat Oregon.

    Go Bears!

  • H8sRed

    It was over the line, but as Wisdom posted on another thread, what Montgomery did was more like jaywalking than DUI. Let’s hope we can move on without too much more distraction.

  • milo

    Great work JF. No one else got the mom interview.

  • John Theye

    This is going to create a huge recruiting headache for Cal…and not just for basketball! If Sandy Barbour thought MM were a keeper, she would have suspended him for a game or two. Ergo, I don’t think Mike Montgomery will be back for next season.

  • BlueNGold

    John Theye- I don’t quite follow your rationale. You think that because SB did not suspend MM for a game or two, she must therefore be done with him? Why? I don’t get the basis for your opinion.