Report: Packers can mouthy maintenance worker
When things go wrong for a team, everything comes out, and that is what has happened in Green Bay.
The Packers have fired a part time member of the stadium’s maintenance staff for apparently saying something he shouldn’t have to Mike McCarthy before the team’s game with Minnesota on Nov. 1., but the coach won’t say what was said and has denied that he had anything to do with Mike Wood being terminated.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported the story this morning, and McCarthy addressed the issue in his press conference. Wood, 53, had been working for the Packers for 22 years. He says he was sitting in a cart in a stadium tunnel three days before the game when McCarthy came along speaking with members of the grounds crew. According to Wood, all he said was, “Hey coach, let's get the boys ready to kick some butt this weekend.”
When Wood arrived at the stadium prior to the game on Sunday, he was escorted away and was told he was done working for the team. He was told that McCarthy heard him say something along the lines of “don't lay an egg.’’
“I was hoping you guys weren't going to go this far with this,’’ McCarthy said in his press conference. “I'm going to be honest with you, I don't really know the man. He made a comment to me, I made a comment to him, it's not the worst thing that's been said, but I would not say it to a fellow employee. So that's as far as I want to go with it.”
McCarthy said he stopped to inquire with another worker the name of the man—Wood—and then left. Pressed for what exactly Wood said that led to him being released, McCarthy declined.
“Like I said, it's not the worst thing that's been said but I wouldn't say it to a fellow employee,’’ he said.
It’s precisely not what McCarthy wants to be addressing when he is preparing to face Dallas Sunday with the Packers scuffling, but when you lose this is what happens.
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