Mike McCarthy Involved in High School Basketball Incident

Mike McCarthy was involved in a verbal altercation with referees at his stepson’s high school basketball game Tuesday, February 26th. Yes, that Mike McCarthy.

The former head coach of the Packers has a stepson attending Notre Dame Academy located in Green Bay. The school was facing Pulaski High School in the regional tournament before things got headed off the court.

Notre Dame Academy went on to lose by a single point, ending their season, but McCarthy made sure the referees heard how he felt leaving the court. Per a video without audio from Fox 11, it shows man said to be McCarthy exchanging words with officials after the game.

According to Pulaski’s athletic director, Janel Batten, the words spoken were not worth repeating.

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

An official complaint has been filed to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association for McCarthy’s actions but there is no word yet on any repercussions.

Apparently, he has been a regular attendee of his stepson’s basketball games for much of the season. After being fired by the Packers, McCarthy decided to take a break from coaching in 2019 to spend time with family even though he did interview with the New York Jets. A job that ended up going to former Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase.

McCarthy was always ultra-competitive so perhaps this news isn’t all that surprising to some. However, a coach hoping to further his career in the NFL might want to use better judgment in the eye of the public.

Fox 11 has reached out to McCarthy’s agency for comment but hasn’t received a response.


Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. Brandon graduated from Longwood University in 2016 with a degree in mass media. He has covered the Packers for over two years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.