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Video: Jim Mora exits press conference after media member uses cell phone

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UCLA coach Jim Mora scolded a media member for using a cell phone and then abruptly ended his press conference on Monday.

Mora was talking somberly about the death of UCLA freshman wide receiver Nick Pasquale when he noticed that a media video technician in the room was using his phone.

“Shut up!” he told the technician. “The disrespect of some people is unbelievable to me. Just unbelievable.”

A few tense moments transpired before the clearly-frustrated Mora left the room.

Here’s the video:

To his credit, Mora later met up with local beat writers to finish what he had to say.

 

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15 Responses to “Video: Jim Mora exits press conference after media member uses cell phone”
  1. BeEtLjOoZ says: Sep 9, 2013 6:03 PM

    Reblogged this on #LouisianaMultiverse.

  2. farvite says: Sep 9, 2013 6:06 PM

    Still mad he didn’t get his dream job at UW

  3. herrcules13 says: Sep 9, 2013 6:24 PM

    Hats off to Mora.

  4. bamafan36 says: Sep 9, 2013 7:27 PM

    Atta boy, Jim! What could have been THAT important?

    Bama Nation is praying for the Pasquale and UCLA family.

  5. uscatjerseyshore says: Sep 9, 2013 8:12 PM

    A year ago when Scott Wolfe asked Lane Kiffin about USC injuries after being told that injuries were an off-topic subject the media reported Kiffin “stormed away” when in reality all he did after a moment of reflection was say I gotta go and left the stage. News flash. This is an example of storming off in irritation.

    And so the predicted Mora meltdown begins

  6. seanb20124 says: Sep 9, 2013 8:57 PM

    Mora, you are not important enough to storm off over a cell phone.

  7. 11thstreetmafia says: Sep 9, 2013 9:17 PM

    Hey seanb, the man was talking about a player who DIED! Yes, he is important enough to storm off. Who do you think YOU are?!

  8. handsofsweed says: Sep 9, 2013 9:54 PM

    @11thstreet:

    Seanb thinks he’s a braying jackass. He’s right.

  9. thekatman says: Sep 9, 2013 9:56 PM

    Clearly, the engineer was disrespectful for using his phone during this conversation; however, you don’t know what or who he was talking to. He may had a strong personal reason or doing so. The hot headed Mora, again, shows his immaturity and lack of emotional control to be the adult in the room and ask the gentleman to end his call.

    If this were a Kiffin press conference, and I’m not a Kiffin fan any longer after the loss to Stanford last year, you guys would fry him, both in the press and the fan base. So stop making excuses for Mora’s lack of emotional control. At least he gathered up his senses and came back to finish the press conference.

  10. parkcityute says: Sep 9, 2013 9:59 PM

    Numerous places I go, it is posted “all cellphones should be turned off.” One such place was a funeral home. One person’s cell phone rang and the person was asked to leave. In this case, Mora was speaking about a player who had passed, and the idiot media member could not show enough respect for the dead player or for Mora speaking about him?

  11. crazyfootballfun says: Sep 9, 2013 11:09 PM

    The person apologized, and Mora shoved it back in his face. Listen to the apology…twice, the man apologized. Geez, are we no longer allowed to make mistakes anymore and apologies are simply not accepted? classy?

  12. eagles512 says: Sep 10, 2013 1:13 AM

    I’m with him here

  13. raiderufan says: Sep 10, 2013 8:44 AM

    thekatman says:
    Sep 9, 2013 9:56 PM
    Clearly, the engineer was disrespectful for using his phone during this conversation; however, you don’t know what or who he was talking to. He may had a strong personal reason or doing so. The hot headed Mora, again, shows his immaturity and lack of emotional control to be the adult in the room and ask the gentleman to end his call.

    He could leave the room…he could do his job and report the press conference he was supposed to be apart of, call the person back…he could not show up…

    What he shouldn’t do is answer a call during a conference held to address him (the media) while a man is emotionally speaking about a very young man WHO DIED. Common respect and decency has been replaced by self centered stupidity. My 11 year would know to leave the room if the conversation had only been about football…it was about a young man dying!

    Low class reporter with no reason to ever return. They can find and send another guy who knows how to at least be a decent human.

  14. sportsdrenched says: Sep 10, 2013 9:59 AM

    “Clearly, the engineer was disrespectful for using his phone during this conversation; however, you don’t know what or who he was talking to. He may had a strong personal reason or doing so. The hot headed Mora, again, shows his immaturity and lack of emotional control to be the adult in the room and ask the gentleman to end his call.”
    XXX
    This goes for a lot of things besides press conferences. Especially in professional and business settings. Put your phone away and deal with the business at hand. If the call is that important….take it outside or to another room.

    Good for Mora.

  15. mcmccii says: Sep 10, 2013 11:44 AM

    It is very rude to use your cellphone in these situations. Yet, if he was a media tech, here’s my thing:
    It could have been his boss on the other end of the line, and equipment might be malfunctioning. It’ either be respectful to Mora or get fired by your boss.

    Just a scenario that could’ve taken place.

    But generally, I hate people that use their phones in this situation.

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