WAUSAU PILOT AND REVIEW
A formal complaint has been submitted to the WIAA after former Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy allegedly berated officials at a high school basketball game this week.
McCarthy is the stepfather of George Kress, a sophomore on the Green Bay Notre Dame basketball team that lost at Pulaski, 67-66, in a WIAA regional game on Tuesday. The loss ended the Tritons’ season with a 3-20 record. Kress led the team in scoring for the season, averaging 13 points per game.
According to a report by WLUK-TV, Pulaski athletic director Janel Batten has filed a formal complaint with the WIAA over McCarthy’s behavior.
“This parent chose to follow the officials and berate them, which is clearly unacceptable,” Batten told WLUK-TV. She added that she had never seen such behavior from a parent, “not here and not in my time as an athletic director.”
“Some things were said, some language was used that we don’t want in our gym. Unsportsmanlike language,” Batten told WLUK-TV.
Ironically, the WIAA launched a campaign just last month to persuade parents to stop childlike behavior while attending high school athletic events.
A column on the topic, co-written by WIAA executive director Dave Anderson, was distributed statewide just last month, carrying the headline: “Dear Mom and Dad: Cool It.”
“Yelling, screaming and berating the officials humiliates your child, annoys those sitting around you, embarrasses your child’s school and is the primary reason Wisconsin has an alarming shortage of high school officials,” the column read.
Apparently, McCarthy didn’t get the memo.
The WIAA says the complaint is confidential.