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Myles Jack ‘embarrassed’ over practice ejection

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It’s not often that a star player and just-under-the-radar (for now) preseason Heisman contender gets booted from a summer camp practice, but that’s exactly what happened to Myles Jack earlier this week.

During Monday’s practice, the linebacker version of Jack slapped teammate and offensive lineman Caleb Benonoch in the helmet while taunting him. That triggered the ire of head coach Jim Mora, who promptly kicked the talented sophomore off the practice field and into the locker room.

Wednesday, Jack labeled the episode as “embarrassing,” sounding contrite as he discussed a situation that, thanks to the proliferation of instantaneous social media and sports highlights shows, blew up outside of the team and beyond what he ever could’ve imagined.

“The platform that I guess I’m on, I’ve really got to watch out what I say or do,” Jack said according to the Los Angeles Daily News. “I’ve got to be careful. I’ve got to be smart with what I say, what I do. I’ve just got to be better in that situation overall. I could have handled it a whole different way. It’s all on me. It’s all on my shoulders. …

“I didn’t expect it to be on SportsCenter and all that. I didn’t think it would be that big a deal.”

While he had to endure the wrath of his coach during it, or the slings of social media after it, arguably the roughest confrontation was a phone call from a person very, very close to him. From the Orange County Register:

His mom, La Sonjia, made sure of that. She called Jack soon after hearing and was, he said, much harsher in her criticism than his own coaches were after the incident.

You go, mom. And get that switch ready, just in case.

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4 Responses to “Myles Jack ‘embarrassed’ over practice ejection”
  1. mydixienormus says: Aug 14, 2014 11:15 AM

    I wonder if his ma called him after they played the Huskies and told him not to lick his fingers in a taunt of their sidelines?

    Yes, I am bitter regarding the ass whippin they delivered to UW.

  2. longborer69 says: Aug 14, 2014 11:38 AM

    I’m surprised any husky could be bitter about that kind of thing anymore. It seems you’d all be used to it after what your NW masters have done to you for ten straight years. :P

    (And yes, I know you still lead the all-time series. All the more reason to take my shots now. After all, who knows what happens now that you dumped 7-win Sark on that school down south?)

  3. dhardy8207 says: Aug 14, 2014 12:16 PM

    I’ve been in her shoes, didn’t have to scold mine for slamming another teammate on the ground but for mouthing off at his coach. Now not that I didn’t think the coach was able to handle the situation because he did so and to his own choosing. I got mine because he knew better than to mouth off to a superior…

  4. thekatman says: Aug 15, 2014 11:00 AM

    Being under the scrutiny of the press and the city is something UCLA must get used to, as they are the darlings of Los Angeles at the moment. USC is used to being under the microscope and the players are taught and monitored to ensure the behave respectfully and honorably for self, school, their god and country. This is the Trojan way. UCLA needs to learn that.

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