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Jim Mora cut his press conference short, and it was the right thing to do
The typical Monday press conference at UCLA was unfortunately anything but typical. Instead of informing the assmebled media on the status of various dinged up players and waxing about just how much Saturday's opponent worries him, Mora had to speak about the tragic loss of redshirt freshman wide receiver Nick Pasquale, who passed away on Sunday morning after being struck by a car, and the Bruins' attempt to deal with the loss of a teammate.
"It's a difficult time, as you can imagine," Mora said.
In the midst of Mora's opening statement, a media member (off camera to the viewer's right in the video below) takes a call on his cell phone. A ringing cell phone isn't unheard of in that context, it's part of the press conference symphony of flashing cameras and fingers slapping keyboards, but you don't want to be the guy whose cell phone goes off. And you certainly don't want to be the guy who actually takes the call. Especially in that situation.
Mora stopped down immediately. He got upset. The press conference was unoffically over as soon as the reporter took the call. Forty seconds later, Mora was gone.
Judging from the reaction of the Twittersphere, Mora's move was met with applause. And rightfully so.
Some people will whine that Mora stormed off. Watch that video. Ridiculous that someone would take a call during that. #ShowSomeRespect— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) September 9, 2013
I can name 20 coaches thought to be more mature than Mora that would've reduced that fellow to cinders. Urbz would've made him cry.— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) September 9, 2013
To Mora's credit, 20 minutes after leaving, he met w the regular beat writers on the field to speak w/ us about Pasquale. A very class move.— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) September 9, 2013
Watch for yourself below.