Roughly 90 seconds into Jim Mora’s press conference yesterday, a NBC4 technician began muttering loudly on his phone in the back corner. Mora had been talking about the death of receiver Nick Pasquale, and quickly became angry.
“Hey, shut up,” he said. He continued to glare at the technician, and exchanged a few more words with him before storming out of the room.
The story quickly spread nationally, with most media and fans siding with Mora. NBC4 issued an apology last night:
NBC4 wants to apologize for an incident that we caused Monday afternoon at the news conference with UCLA head coach Jim Mora.
As Mora was talking about the tragic passing of Nick Pasquale, one of our technicians was in the back of the press on the phone with our station.
It disrupted the coach. Understandably, Mora abruptly ended the news conference saying our technician was being disrespectful.
There is no excuse for this incident.
We deeply regret it and want to apologize to the Pasquale family, Mora and all of UCLA.
We are sorry.