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Cal's Montgomery Far From Being a Bully

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Cal basketball coach Mike Montgomery shoved Allen Crabbe. The world saw it. You did. I did.

 

And since that shove Sunday, the world has crashed down on Montgomery. His boss at Cal rebuked him. So did the Pac-12. A state senator wants him suspended. A former Cal player raised a racial angle.

 

All of which has me wondering:

 

Did these people not see what I saw?

 

I didn't see a bully. I didn't see a monster. I didn't see Woody Hayes slugging or Bob Knight choking or even Morehead State coach Sean Woods shoving and then verbally destroying a player.

 

I saw motivation. Pure, unbridled, innocent motivation. I saw a coach who was fired up, trying to fire up the best player on his team.

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