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Is Mique Juarez’s Absence Becoming A Distraction For UCLA Football?

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Takkarist McKinley played a very good game Saturday night against BYU. It's a good thing because since then, he's been calling out a teammate who's been MIA.

Takkarist McKinley has been calling out Mique Juarez on Twitter since Saturday.
Takkarist McKinley has been calling out Mique Juarez on Twitter since Saturday.
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Mique Juarez has been absent from the UCLA Football for about 6 weeks now and, while Jim Mora tried to use some coach-speak and a Jedi Mind Trick to make the issue go away, it looks like his absence is becoming an issue, at least for some of the other players on the team.

Bruin defensive end Takkarist McKinley tweeted a possible shot at Juarez which led to the freshman taking a shot right back at McKinley.

The tweet by McKinley has since been deleted but Thuc Nhi Nguyen of InsideSoCal.com captured images of the tweet and Mique’s response.

But, it didn’t stop there.

According to TheBigLead.com, Lokeni Toailoa replied to McKinley’s tweet by writing "straight up" in another now-deleted tweet.

This doesn’t appear to be the first time McKinley and Juarez have traded barbs with each other either.

Following Saturday’s win, Juarez tweeted this:

To which, McKinley replied "Who is this guy".

It’s obviously not a good look for a team which has been inconsistent so far this year and is heading into one of the biggest games on its schedule.

I sure hope Jim Mora has called in Trevor Moawad for some additional mental conditioning this week.

Go Bruins.