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. He has covered the Packers for over five years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.



5 thoughts on “Mike McCarthy Involved in High School Basketball Incident

  1. If this wasn’t Mike, it wouldn’t be news. Furthermore, as a parent of a high level student athlete, I get it when the refs Job a team, it happens all the time. And when refs get busted up for crappy work, they seem like they really start to stick it to the team that’s complaining. Happens all the time. MM is no different than any competitive family whose kid’s team is getting Jobbed by the refs. Any parent whose kid has played competitive High School knows what this is..

    1. Wow, couldn’t disagree more. There really isn’t anything worse in this world more than out of control parents at kids sporting events, nothing more embarrassing for the team, the kids, and whether they realize it or not the parent. Obviously vor your one of them.

      1. Any parent who has watched their kid compete and has never thought anything about the refs at some point, is a democrat who farts unicorn dust in his perfect little reality, that isn’t.. You don’t know me, but as a coach and a father of an extraordinary student athlete, I do! As with MM, been around the block more than a few times. Coaches really get this, not all parents do. Hell. some parents don’t even know the rules, but the ones that do? They know a job session when they see one.

  2. Wisconsin High School basketball refs are horrible! Some of the refs can’t run and a few are so old they can be in position to make the correct calls! I am always criticizing many of the calls they make! Being a Marine I can get quite loud. This issue with MM should be a rally call for better officiating!

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