Who knew former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy is so fragile?
He made news last week by saying in an interview that his firing last season “couldn’t have been handled worse.”
Apparently, he felt that team president Mike Murphy fired him too calmly, without enough emotion involved.
Oh, really? This is a bad firing? Would he prefer someone ranting and screaming, that type of emotion?
Plus, the Packers are paying McCarthy $5 million to not coach this year, so he has plenty of time to whine to the media and scream at referees at his stepson’s high school basketball games.
People get fired all the time for dubious reasons, and most of them don’t walk away with a generous severance deal.
If McCarthy wants to feel better about his hurt feelings, he should consider some of the truly awful firings through the ages:
Darth Vader kills an admiral by choking him — saying “you have failed me for the last time” — in a classic scene from “The Empire Strikes Back.” (The captain who gets promoted looks nervous.)
At the end of the first “Hunger Games” movie, President Snow (played by Donald Sutherland) fires Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley) by locking him in a room with a bowl of poisonous berries. His crime? He allowed two winners to survive the deadly Hunger Games.
England’s King Henry VIII had a particularly nasty way of “firing” his wives. If you kept your head, you were lucky.
FBI Director James Comey was fired by President Trump in May of 2017 while Comey was flying to Los Angeles to visit an FBI field office. He learned of his firing by seeing it on TV while he was talking to a few dozen agents. Reportedly, he at first thought it was a joke until his firing was confirmed.
McCarthy’s hands aren’t clean, either. Packers fans weren’t happy when he dumped popular players, including Jordy Nelson.
UCLA fired football coach Jim Mora on his 56th birthday in November of 2017, but he did go home with a parting gift of a $12 million buyout.
UCLA’s rival, USC, did its own savage coach firing, canning Lane Kiffin in September of 2013 just after the team arrived at LAX after a bad road loss. Kiffin calls the airport firing the lowest point of his professional career.
Finally, the Baltimore Colts fired their entire fan base by sneaking out of the city in the dead of night on March 29, 1984, and relocating to Indianapolis, thus breaking the hearts of their loyal supporters. (My husband, Rex, a diehard Indianapolis Colts fan, would like to add, “Since the move, both teams have won a Super Bowl — Baltimore has won two — so it was a win-win.”)
So the next time McCarthy is feeling sorry for himself, he can take comfort in the fact that has wasn’t choked, beheaded or forced to swallow poisonous berries. And he’ll probably get a coaching job in 2020 anyway.