Mike McCarthy: Packers’ firing ‘couldn’t have been handled any worse’

Published 5:38 pm PDT, Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Mike McCarthy

The former Green Bay head coach says he was stunned at the timing of his firing in December and believes his dismissal was handled poorly. McCarthy told ESPN in a story posted Wednesday that he knew he might be in trouble if the Packers missed the playoffs. He was fired with four games left after the Packers lost at home to Arizona, dropping the team to 4-7-1. McCarthy said he was summoned to a meeting with Packers President Mark Murphy after the loss and fired in a discussion he said was impersonal and “hard to swallow.” McCarthy said he tried to be gentle in releasing players, but didn’t get the same treatment. “There was no emotion to it. That was hard.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

NBC Sports will use the retired NASCAR driver in its inaugural telecast of the Indianapolis 500 next month. The second-year analyst will be a roving reporter, part of a team that features 14 commentators, host Mike Tirico and analyst Danica Patrick. NBC plans to treat the Indy 500 as one of its showcase events. ABC had carried it since 1965.

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