Starting forward Solomon suspended indefinitely

When the No. 24 Cal men’s basketball team heads to San Diego this weekend to take on the Aztecs, Richard Solomon won’t be with the team.

The Bears’ starting forward has been suspended indefinitely, announced coach Mike Montgomery in a press release on Friday. The reason provided was conduct contrary to values of the university and athletic department.

“We expect our student-athletes to adhere to a high standard of behavior,” Montgomery said. “In this particular instance, that was not the case.”

The 6-foot-10 sophomore from Los Angeles was blossoming into a dependable post player in his first year as a starter. He has been a solid contributor this season, averaging six points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds per game. He also leads the team with 11 blocks in seven games.

It is likely that freshman forward David Kravish will move into the starting role against San Diego State on Sunday, with fellow reserves Bak Bak and Robert Thurman seeing more playing time. Cal (6-1) could also play a four-guard set — with point guards Brandon Smith and Justin Cobbs and wings Jorge Gutierrez and Allen Crabbe — that Montgomery hinted at before the season.

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  • Disheartened Alum

    Amazing how judgmental the denizens here are…youth, it is called.

    I admire what MM has done for this program and, after suffering through another year of Tedford, a coach that knows what he’s doing is a blessed relief HOWEVER, hanging Solomon out to dry and not providing an explanation does nobody any good and it is a black eye for the program, IMHO.

    This was not a minor punishment and it deserves a more in-depth explanation. We can *suspect* that it had to do with an angry exchange between Solomon and Montgomery over his role on the team, since no further word has been given from the LEO’s or the University regarding his status. That’s a far cry from the speculation that’s been going around about this incident. In fact, IF such a disagreement is the case, Montgomery probably deserves as much of the blame as the player because there is only 1 adult in the picture; Solomon being only a Sophomore. It usually takes 2 to tango.

    In any event, Montgomery was fully aware of what his explanation was to have wrought and, whatever Solomon did, he didn’t deserve this publicity. Shame on you, Mr. Montgomery.

  • NCAA treats athletes as cash cows especially in the major sports.  It does bring it money so the by products are many other sports, but lest not forget, these kids are making the university a lot of money, they should get a bigger piece of the pie. 

    • Antonio

      Yes, they bring in money, so let’s allow them to be scumbags.

  • loverspoint

    We don’t know why he was suspended, for what ever the reason, lets hope he learned his lesson. Wasn’t there a basketball player at BYU that got suspended from the team right before the NCAA playoffs last year for having sex out of wedlock. Some say it cost his team a shot at the NCAA Championship.

  • Let him play. Athletes are not role models.

    • Anon

      Athletes have to follow the same conduct rules as everyone else.

      • We have too many stupid ‘conduct rules’ meant to create the appearance of propriety, to cover up the fact that our society has fundamentally degenerated in terms of morality.

        See further:

        • ANON

          You sound like someone who is used to breaking rules and hates being held accountable.

          • I don’t live my life by some bureaucrat’s rules and regulations; sorry, you’re free to keep doing that if you want. I live my life by a more timeless moral code.

          • ANON

            And Solomon made his choice as well, and now he’s being held accountable.

            For you, if you don’t live by the codes of the society in which you live, you’ll forever be afoul (pun intended) in your life.  Sounds like this has been your life and you’re angry about it.  I’m sad for you (whether you care or not).

          • My life is quite good. I have my pick of women, a good job, and a first-class education, as well as the respect of peers and colleagues. Thanks for your concern though.

          • ANON

            Your pick of women??  Sounds like a pimp.  Respect of peers and colleagues??  Nothing to brag about if you’re in prison.

            It’s about accountability for one’s own choices and actions.  Solomon is being held accountable for his.  They were his choices and now his consequences.  What you think doesn’t matter.  It’s not about you.

          • You’re a hateful little man, who gets off on seeing others punished. There’s a word for people like you–sadists.

    • Guest

      No one knows what he did, so stop speculating and making decisions based on nothing.  Here’s what we do know at this point:

      No one is asking Solomon to be a role model, just play by the rules HE AGREED TO on and off the court.

      As for whether that standard is higher that for other Cal students, if you get a free financial ride to the best college education in the country, meeting a higher standard is appropriately part of the deal.

      As to whether the standard is too high, it’s no higher than what any responsible parent or guardian teaches their children and wards anyway. And, it’s the same standard that all Cal athletes agree to and almost a thousand other athletes at Cal have no problem with.

      As for modeling, it would be irresponsible to everyone if the coaches let him play.  I’ll take the decision of a respected coach like Montgomery over uninformed, biased speculation any day.

      • We also know that hundreds of athletes are suspended due to bullshit violations, like that illiterate imbecile Terrelle Pryor being suspended because he got a tattoo for free. Other athletes are suspended for getting caught drinking a beer despite not being 21, or for smoking a jay. Maybe schoolmarms like you care, but it has nothing to do with what athletes are brought to college to do–to win games.

        Also, most football and basketball players aren’t smart enough to benefit from a Cal education (because athletic ability is distributed all across the range of intelligence that exists, but non-athlete Cal students are drawn from the top few percentiles of intelligence) so don’t give me the crap about all the benefits they get by going here for free. They bring in money to the university; the university gives them scholarships for its own self-interest, not out of any altruism.

        • Courtney Andersson

          Your argument only works if he fits into the very specific category you set up on here…namely, a guy who isn’t that smart and who didn’t break  a major rule.  Maybe he did just smoke a joint or something, or maybe he tried to rape some girl or steal something or cheated or one of a million other things that would totally deserve a suspension….not the three or four things you listed. Maybe he’s the stereotypical dumb athlete, maybe not. 
          Either way, you don’t know, and since not many other athletes are getting suspended I doubt the rules are that strict…so…he probably did deserve it, and hopefully it’ll be a lesson learned. 

          • ANON

            Well said Courtney, about “anonymous” and about the situation.

        • Bf_obrien

          If you had gone to Cal, you would know that the vast majority of football and basketball (to a lesser degree) know that they will never play in the pros. They are at Cal for the education, and the guys I knew were plenty smart enough to take advantage of the opportunity.

          Just because the people you might know are not very intelligent , have low morals and can not be expected to follow legal or ethical codes, don’t make assumptions about others based on your own shortcomings.

          • Many of Cal’s better basketball players play in the pros, just not in the NBA. There are dozens of European teams that are looking for good American talent. Re: football, no, most don’t go on to play in the pros, but most incoming freshman expect to get better and get drafted.