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Jim Mora admits he ‘overreacted’ to Twitter brouhaha

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Now that he’s had 24 hours to cool down from his rant against an internet ‘scumbag’ impersonating one of his players on Twitter earlier this week, UCLA coach Jim Mora has admitted that his words were a bit harsh.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Mora conceded that he was overreacting when he said someone posing as freshman safety Randall Goforth on Twitter solely to stir the proverbial pot with USC receiver Robert Woods needed to be placed behind bars.

“Bring his ass out here,” Mora said yesterday. “He won’t make it very far with this team. He’s a coward. That’s what a coward does. I challenge that guy to come out here, whoever he is. He won’t. The guy’s a coward. Or girl, whoever it is.”

Mora was calmer today.

Obviously, I overreacted,” Mora said. “Obviously I don’t want the guy in jail. It made good headlines, I guess. I looked at it and go ‘you’re just an idiot’ but I’m good for something stupid said every once in a while, as we all know.”

It wasn’t that Mora’s point was off-base — in fact, he was spot on — but when your most notorious verbal attacks are directed toward athletic department staff and some low-life behind a computer (not that I know anything about that), then yeah, ya might have to dial it back a bit.

To Mora’s credit, he admitted as much.

(Hat tip: ESPN Los Angeles) 

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5 Responses to “Jim Mora admits he ‘overreacted’ to Twitter brouhaha”
  1. akuma9000 says: Nov 7, 2012 5:33 PM

    Get used to this UCLA. Mora routinely acted like a sarcastic jerk to the media and fans alike while coaching the Atlanta Falcons and he’ll continue to do so while at UCLA.

  2. wabbitslayer says: Nov 7, 2012 5:40 PM

    No fan of Mora, but at least he’s got some of the national media talking about UCLA. Only thing worse than people talking bad about you is people not talking about you at all.

  3. lbijake says: Nov 7, 2012 7:27 PM

    The low level SID assistant would probably kick his butt anyway, or maybe he already did!!

  4. gatiger says: Nov 7, 2012 8:27 PM

    Hey, this is Jim Mora. If I catch anyone saying anything that might give our rivals incentive to kick our butts, then I’m going to be really really mad.

    Hey, they don’t need any incentive to kick our butts. We stink, yeah, we know it, but if I act like a jerk (I know, I know, its not an act) then maybe no one will notice I really can’t coach.

  5. brenenostler says: Nov 8, 2012 11:37 PM

    Apparently he’s hasn’t changed since his criticism of Olindo Mare four years ago (although Mare did play better afterwards).

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