Ex-NFL Coach Mike McCarthy Accused of Berating High School Refs

The former Packers coach allegedly used "unsportsmanlike language" with the officials.

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Former NFL coach Mike McCarthy is being accused of berating high school referees. (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy took his talents for yelling at officials from the football field to the basketball court.

A high school basketball court, that is.

Three referees in Wisconsin have filed a formal complaint to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association against McCarthy after he was involved in an incident during his stepson’s high school basketball game on Tuesday, ESPN reported.

A video appears to show the former cheesehead, who was identified by district officials, following referees as they made their way out of the gym after the game that ended with a one-point loss for his stepson’s team.

McCarthy is accused of slinging “unsportsmanlike language” at the referees.

“This parent chose to follow the officials and berate them, which is clearly unacceptable,” Janel Batten, Pulaski’s athletic director, told Fox 11. “Some things were said, some language was used that we don’t want in our gym, unsportsmanlike language.”

The athletic director of McCarthy’s stepson’s school, Notre Dame Academy, that he and others at the school are looking into the incident.

McCarthy, 55, has said that he plans to return to the NFL eventually but will sit out the 2019 season after being fired by the Green Bay Packers with four games left in the 2018 season. Green Bay was 135-85-2 in 12-plus years with McCarthy at the helm.

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