Well, we thought we’d never really get to the bottom of this, but it looks like we have. More details have emerged in the Green Bay Packers’ firing – and coach Mike McCarthy’s role therein – of long-time grounds crew employee Mike Wood.
As we reported on Friday, Wood was dismissed after reportedly telling McCarthy, “Hey coach, let’s get the boys ready to kick some butt this weekend.” This was Wood’s version.
In McCarthy’s version of the story, Wood said, “Don’t lay an egg.”
We, of course, vilified McCarthy for playing a role in Wood’s firing, based on either version of the story. As more media outlets picked up on the story it became a PR nightmare for McCarthy and the Packers, compounded by the fact that the team had lost to the previously-winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers the previous week.
Well, there are three versions to every story – yours, mine and the truth. Now, we have the truth from a member of the Packers organization, and it doesn’t reflect terribly well on Wood.
Our source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said this wasn’t the first time Wood was disciplined for inappropriate behavior or conduct by the organization.
“The incident with McCarthy was the third strike in his file and created the separation of employment. It just so happened that the last straw in the progressive discipline trail happened to involve the head coach,” our source said.
So there you have it. Wood was previously disciplined on two documented occasions and anyone who’s dealt with employees or a human resources department knows the Packers didn’t need much more than an off-handed comment to fire Wood.
It’s off that they didn’t release any of that information from the get go
HOW DO WE KNOW THAT THE UNNAMED SOUCRE IS NOT FABRICATING A STORY TO PROTECT THE GBP POSITION. IT SEEMS THAT CLIFF CRISTLE’S STORY IN THE MJS PACKER PLUS EDITION SHOWED THAT THE GBP WILL SPIN A STORY TO PROTECT THEIR POSITION AS THEY HAD ARI FLIESHER DO FOR THEM REGARDING #4. MARK BELLING, 1130AM WISN, CONFIRED ARI’S SPINNING CALLS TO THE MEDIA AS HE GOT ONE AND WOULD NOT REPEAT THE MYTHS. THE GBP NO LONGER GET MY CONFIDENCE THAT THEY WILL TELL THE TRUTH. AND, THE REPORTERS WHO REPEATED THIS BAD INFO, ALSO SUFFER MY DISTAIN. THEY SHOULD GO WORK FOR THE NY TIMES. THIS IS TOO BAD. SMEARING #4 WAS WAY OVER THE TOP.
Considering the slew of lies and Ari Fleicher spin that’s come out of 1265, you just KNEW they’d cook this guy’s goose to save their own face, (polite euphorism).
Has anyone ACTUALLY seen these other two strikes, or ios this more BS that’s taken at face value just because it’s issued from 1265 FOs?
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on ME. I believe NOTHING released by this administration since they hired GW’s cowflopmeister last year, to teach them how to cook a press story.
If this was the whole truth why wouldn’t McCarthy mention when pressed during his press conference? Did anyone else see him squirm during those questions?
Now we have “The Truth”…….give me a break, from and UNNAMED SOURCE……like everyone said, probably Ari Fleicher, the master of lies and deceit!
Well, you can believe whatever you want. I piled it on McCarthy to begin with. I don’t like the guy. However, someone I trust came to me and told me this was the situation. If I didn’t trust this person, I wouldn’t have posted this.
And if I name this person, they could lose their job, so why would I want to do that?
Total Packers has been critical of the way this was handled from the get go:
I’m curious – what exactly do all of you think Ari Fleischer does/did for Green Bay? There were plenty of unnamed sources or “sources close to Brett Favre” being quoted throughout that saga – but you know, that’s how it works…
MORONS! There are laws regarding releasing of an employees work records. The Packers legally can’t release information from Woody’s file, that is why Dumbass Mac said what he said. He can’t say anthing more. The Packers have a progressive discipline policy, just like any company. Once you hit a third strike, you are out. If they didn’t, they would be liable to be sued for wrongfull termination.
Figure it out people…