Did Mike McCarthy throw shade at Cowboys stars over COVID-19 issues?

Dallas Cowboys, Mike McCarthy (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys, Mike McCarthy (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) /

A lot has happened in this NFL season. But one of the biggest stories from day one has been how the league and individual teams were going to handle the ongoing pandemic. Games were postponed. Key players missed integral matchups. League protocols were changed various times. Every team seemed to struggle at some point in the season, the Dallas Cowboys included.

With the playoffs around the corner, teams are doing all that they can to keep their players and personnel healthy so that they can participate in games. While talking to the media on Monday, head coach Mike McCarthy said the team is in good shape and hopes to get all of the players currently on the COVID-19 list back by Thursday.

McCarthy even told players on Monday that checking into a team hotel is an option for anybody. He hopes that many take this option. The HC is also urging his players to be safe and to take caution when going places.

He may have secretly been throwing some shade at a few of his players with one of his comments by mentioning “basketball games.”

Did Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy throw shade at Amari Cooper and Micah Parsons for attending Dallas Mavericks games?

Why did McCarthy mention basketball games? Last Wednesday, Cowboys stars Micah Parsons and Amari Cooper were seen courtside at the Dallas Mavericks game.

It’s likely they wanted to be there to see Dirk Nowitzki’s jersey retirement. But is that worth it when your team is less than two weeks out from the playoffs? It seems like their coach thinks it wasn’t.

Parsons also attended an additional Mavs game two days before the one in the photo below. It’s worth noting, and of course, there is no evidence of this correlation, that Parsons was added to the COVID-19 list shortly after these games.

The above tweet from Cowboys reporter Jon Machota shows Cooper and Parsons sitting maskless next to Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw on Jan. 5.

Hopefully, the Cowboys players can hold back from public outings until the postseason is over. I think we can all agree that taking risks that could take you off the turf is simply not a good idea at this point in time. Dallas will need all hands on deck for a chance at the Super Bowl.