Mike McCarthy involved in incident at high-school basketball game

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For the first time since 1992, former Packers coach Mike McCarthy isn’t at the Scouting Combine. He’d arguably be better off if he had been.

According to FOX 11 in Green Bay, McCarthy was involved in an incident with referees at his stepson’s high-school basketball game on Tuesday night.

“This parent chose to follow the officials and berate them, which is clearly unacceptable,” Pulaski High School athletic director Janel Batten told the station. “This parent” was McCarthy.

FOX 11 has obtained security footage which shows Pulaski officials escorting referees from the gymnasium while a man follows them from behind. That man, according to the report, is McCarthy.

“Some things were said, some language was used that we don’t want in our gym, unsportsmanlike language,” Batten said.

One of the referees called the situation “unfortunate,” and described the incident as a “verbal tirade.”

The Packers fired McCarthy during the 2018 season. He generated limited interest among the seven other teams searching for coaches, and he has indicated a desire to return to coaching in 2020.

45 responses to “Mike McCarthy involved in incident at high-school basketball game

  1. Don’t look to sports or politics for moral examples. These folks may be great at their craft, but that doesn’t make them great in all areas. Some do have that combination and that’s great. But get some real role models in your life. Honest, hard working, Family and community oriented people. That said, I wouldn’t let this deter me from hiring the guy to coach my NFL team. His record and philosophy may. But I’m not hiring him to be a parent bystander at a high school BBall game. He stinks at that. Hot tempered person in a bad moment. Don’t blacklist the guy for it.

  2. It’s tough to leave that high-profile lifestyle behind once you’re out of it, whether it be sports or entertainment or music, etc. Some people just don’t know how to handle it early on. Hopefully McCarthy learns soon.

  3. “This parent chose to follow the officials and berate them, which is clearly unacceptable.”

    I said Good Day sir!

  4. Well you know the old saying, “if you can’t play, coach. If you can’t coach, you stand in bleachers, get drunk, and swear at the refs”. It’s a tale old as time itself.

  5. Once the audio is released it will be along the lines of…..I should have won 3 Super Bowls with Rodgers, I’m unemployed and going to take it out on you.

  6. Pent up frustration for being fired after being unable to call a pass play that could result in a first down in 2018.

  7. Rapid fall from Grace. Ouch. Bills fan here & at first was clamoring for this man to land in Buffalo. With Kareem Hunt. Obviously too late for that. Don’t condone Hunt’s actions but also knew somebody was going to sign his elite talent. And even still McCarthy & almost anybody would be an upgrade over McDermitt. Desperate times & desperate teams call for desperate measures.

  8. Anyone who was ever associated with kid sports has seen this sort of thing before. Often certain legal beverages are involved.

  9. Mike needs to stay in coaching form. He was one of the best excuse makers and official blamers on the game.
    Though I didn’t see the game, im sure that the Packers were getting hosed again in this one.

  10. Sounds like Mike really embarrassed himself. Anyone who witnessed his last 2 years in Green Bay probably didn’t realize he had this much passion.

  11. Mike did embarrass himself, that was stupid on his part.

    But as far as future HC opportunities. Mike has a SB ring. A winning record in the postseason & a nice winning percentage of.618. It would be absolutely foolish for any NFL team in need of a HC to ignore him.

  12. He’s a closet petty fight-picker? He’d be the perfect replacement for Zimmer when he’s shown his walking papers next year!

  13. Parents are the worst thing to ever happen to youth sports. Some of these people should be too embarrassed to show their faces in public, but alas they have no shame.

    Hockey parents are the worst I’ve seen by far. I couldn’t believe some of the things I saw. As much as I love the game, I wasn’t too upset when my son decided to do something else.

  14. Just like every parent thinks their kids are “smarter” than the other kids they also over rate their own kids meager athletic talents too. Stay off the sidelines bub and enjoy your forced retirement

  15. That’s surprising, as he always seemed so even keel and under control as coach of the Pack. Maybe if he’d shown a bit more of that passion as a coach, the Pack wouldn’t have stunk as bad the last two years.

  16. I’ve seen the video. If McCarthy was able to say more than three words in that ‘tirade” I’d be surprised. It lasted all of 2 seconds.

    It also looked like McCarthy said one word as the refs were leaving right in front of him. Then the last ref turned and said something to MM who then had his 2 second tirade and that was it.

    Actually seems like some school admin is trying to blow this entirely out of proportion, as they like to do.

  17. stellarperformance says:
    February 28, 2019 at 8:14 am
    He’s a closet petty fight-picker? He’d be the perfect replacement for Zimmer when he’s shown his walking papers next year!
    ————-
    You mean the coach that the packers haven’t beat since 2016? (((Insert packers injury excuses here)))

  18. PersonaNonGrata says:
    February 28, 2019 at 10:12 am
    Parents are the worst thing to ever happen to youth sports. Some of these people should be too embarrassed to show their faces in public, but alas they have no shame.

    Hockey parents are the worst I’ve seen by far. I couldn’t believe some of the things I saw. As much as I love the game, I wasn’t too upset when my son decided to do something else.

    —–

    I can second this on hockey parents. My sons play(ed) hockey, football and baseball in the MSHSL and hockey parents can be some of the most obnoxious, meddlesome idiots ever.

  19. RMoss84HOF says:
    February 28, 2019 at 1:19 pm
    You mean the coach that the packers haven’t beat since 2016? (((Insert packers injury excuses here)))
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    Yes. Him. The guy that has given you your SuperBowl. If he doesn’t win the SuperBowl or at least make it to the SuperBowl, he’s a goner. You know this.

  20. stellarperformance says:
    February 28, 2019 at 8:15 pm
    RMoss84HOF says:
    February 28, 2019 at 1:19 pm
    You mean the coach that the packers haven’t beat since 2016? (((Insert packers injury excuses here)))
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
    Yes. Him. The guy that has given you your SuperBowl. If he doesn’t win the SuperBowl or at least make it to the SuperBowl, he’s a goner. You know this.
    —————–

    Glad to see the Vikings have set their standards high… Meanwhile in GB – they are calling themselves “Kings of the North” after 6 wins. And declaring their 6 win QB a GOAT. Don’t worry you have the excuse of a new coaching staff this year since you wore out the injury excuse for two straight years. LOL

  21. An occasional victory over the Packers gives Viking fans a feeling as close to the feeling a legitimate fan base feels when their team wins a real SuperBowl. It’s unimportant and irrelevant if you try to deny it or ineffectively change the subject. Everyone knows.

  22. stellarperformance says:
    February 28, 2019 at 8:51 pm
    An occasional victory over the Packers gives Viking fans a feeling as close to the feeling a legitimate fan base feels when their team wins a real SuperBowl. It’s unimportant and irrelevant if you try to deny it or ineffectively change the subject. Everyone knows.
    ——————————————

    Everyone inside the Wisconsin border definitely, absolutely, unquestionably knows it. Outside the Wisconsin border “everyone” is watching the final stages of a wasted 27 years of HOF quarterbacks. Get used to the bottom because you’ll be there awhile.

  23. Wasted. Sure. The Vikings have had more HOF, All-Pro, and Pro-Bowl quarterbacks than Green Bay. How did that work out?

    Hello?

  24. stellarperformance says:
    March 1, 2019 at 5:10 pm
    Wasted. Sure. The Vikings have had more HOF, All-Pro, and Pro-Bowl quarterbacks than Green Bay. How did that work out?

    Hello?

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Hello. Is this just another fight you want to pick?

  25. flviking says:
    March 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
    Hello. Is this just another fight you want to pick?
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    Not even close. It’s just another fight I’m finishing.

  26. cheeseisfattening says:
    March 2, 2019 at 5:29 pm
    ………yelling “fight pick” or “fake news” is finishing a fight?
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    Yes. Identifying your lies ends it for me. My mother always advised “Do not reason with unreasonable people.”

    I’m better than that. I’m better than you. I’m not better than anyone, including Viking fans.

    Just you.

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