Jim Mora began his usual Monday UCLA football press conference talking about the death of walk-on receiver Nick Pasquale. The 20-year was hit by a car and killed early Sunday.
During Mora’s somber opening remarks a media member can be heard talking on the phone, which eventually set the coach off.
“Don’t tell me to go on. I’ll go on when I’m ready to go on. Why don’t you take your butt out of here if you’re going to be disrespectful,” Mora said. He then exchanged words with the media member and walked off the dais.
Mora has had a prickly relationship with the press in the past, getting into with T.J. Simers. He also ripped Doug Gottlieb’s line of questioning during a radio interview. Last October he reportedly tore into a UCLA sports information director.
All that said, Mora’s actions are justifiable here. You could see how serious he was talking about Pasquale. Beyond that, as a reporter — speaking from experience — the first thing you should do during a press conference is shut off your phone. It’s common courtesy.
UPDATE: Via the OC Register’s Ryan Kartje the media member was likely a television camera operator. Mora also spoke with beat writers after the press conference ended:
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 09, 2013
[H/T Inside UCLA]