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School: Mike McCarthy apologized for incident at stepson’s basketball game

Former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy apologized for his conduct at his stepson’s high school basketball game that resulted in a filing of formal complaint with the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, according to school officials.

McCarthy was involved in an incident Tuesday night in which he came out of the stands and confronted game officials following a game between Green Bay Notre Dame, where his son is a sophomore and plays guard-forward on the basketball team, and Pulaski High School.

The confrontation was said to involve McCarthy unleashing a profanity-laden rant in frustration over the outcome Notre Dame’s 67-66 loss.

A statement issued by Green Bay Notre Dame indicates McCarthy reached out to the school on Wednesday to apologize for his conduct. The statement notes that the game officials involved in the incident have formally filed an “Abuse of Contest Official” complaint with the WIAA.

“Notre Dame Academy is founded on the values of faith, respect, responsibility, service, and trustworthiness,” athletic director Steph Mathu said in a statement released by the school, via the Green Bay Press Gazette. “The behavior exemplified by the parent at Tuesday night’s game is unacceptable at athletic events and does not reflect our institution as a whole.

“Last night, a Notre Dame Academy administrator received a call of apology from the parent involved. We appreciate his outreach and we look forward to moving ahead in a faith-centered and esteemed fashion.  

“Any time we receive a complaint from the WIAA, we look further into the situation and address the behavior with whomever is involved. We thank all officials in athletic contests, especially in our conference and state, for the time and commitment they dedicate to our student-athletes.”

WIAA communications director Todd Clark confirmed a formal complaint has been filed but could not comment further, citing a confidentiality policy in such instances.

McCarthy has not yet issued a statement of his own on the situation, but it is reasonable to expect that the former Packers coach will be obliged to comment on the incident at some point.