In a public rant, UCLA Coach Jim Morra let his misogyny flag fly and no one called him out on it.
When UCLA safety Randall Goforth’s Twitter account was hacked and the imposter insulted rival players, Gorforth’s coach, Jim Morra, was beyond furious. In a media conference to clear Goforth’s name, Morra let out a deluge of insults, within 2 minutes and 47 seconds calling the hacker: knucklehead, idiot, sickening, lowest form of lifeform, scumbag, coward, and a girl.
Let me get this straight: Morra is thinking of the absolute worst names he can call someone, “lowest form of lifeform” included, and “girl” is his finale? Morra says this in a news conference, no less, and everyone just lets that fly by. Is misogyny that normal in 2012, in America? Not only in the football world but to everyone listening?
Sports talk radio is on frequently in my house. Not to mention regular talk radio. I don’t want my kids hearing an authority figure think of the absolute worst things he can call someone, right after saying the guy should go to jail, and then calling him a girl. What are they supposed to think about that?
Hey, Coach Morra, I understand that you’re angry. But don’t equate unethical behavior and cowardice with femininity. There is no connection. Don’t proclaim your misogyny publicly and self-righteously. That is really scummy.
Good morning. I just want to address one thing and that’s the false twitter stuff going on there that someone attributed to Randall Goforth. It is absolutely 100% not Randall. I’ve talked to Lane Kiffin. He’s talked to his guys. I’ve talked to my guys. It’s a total non-issue. Some knucklehead’s out there trying to stir it up So it’s been shut down. Randall was in tutoring session when this idiot was tweeting. It’s ridiculous. The power of the social media is amazing and when it’s used for negative, in a negative way it’s sickening. So that’s it
(Media – Chris Foster: How do you really feel about it?)
I think it’s a frickin’ joke that somebody would do that. I think you’re the lowest form of lifeform if you would portray yourself as a young man, an 18 year old young man trying to do his best. Trying to stir it up like that. Attributing comments to him that aren’t his. I think he ought to go to jail. That’s how I feel. I think you’re a scumbag.
(Media: what do you think would be an appropriate sentence?)
Bring his ass out here.
(Media: You’ll put him to work?)
We won’t put him to work. He won’t make it very far with this team.
(Media – Foster: I think you’re limiting your chances of him actually showing up)
Yeah, because he’s a coward That’s what cowards do, cowards hide behind print.
(Media – Foster: Print? Excuse me?)
That’s what Twitter is, right? It’s print.
(Media – Foster: Maybe be a little clearer on that , please)
You know what I meant
(Foster laughing: I know)
Yeah, I challenge that guy to come on out here. Whoever he is. He won’t though. He’s a coward. Or a girl, whoever it is.
A day later, Morra acknowledged he went overboard, not with the sexism but in saying the hackster should go to jail. In reporting that, ESPN.com along with everyone else, still didn’t mention the misogyny at all.
I don’t get surprised by people like him.
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No, I don’t think that he is thinking about much – certainly not inclusivity. It seemed to me that it could be read as “he’s a coward… or she’s a coward… whoever it is” rather than “he’s a coward or he’s a girl”. As I said, I didn’t hear it, so I might have missed out on a nuance. It was just an idea.
“I challenge that GUY to come on out here. Whoever HE is. HE won’t though. HE’S a coward. Or a girl, whoever IT is.”
I have to go with Jill on this one. I don’t think he was using the word “girl” as an insult. It sounds like he’s just acknowledging that the perpetrator could have been female.
Seriously? Wow, disagree.
You mean is Coach Morra thinking about being gender inclusive since he just said, “He’s a coward?” Um, I don’t think so.
I haven’t listened to it (because there are little ears around…) but I read the transcript. Is it possible that he was trying to suggest that the perpetrator might be a woman? It’s clumsily put, as comments from sports figures sometimes seem to be, but that could be one reading. Or did I miss a bit by not listening to it?