NEW YORK – Los Angeles Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway, former supervisor of the New York Mets, “aggressively pursued” a number of girls who work in sports activities media and despatched three of them inappropriate photographs, The Athletic reported Monday night time.
Callaway despatched uninvited and typically unanswered messages to the ladies by way of electronic mail, textual content or social media and requested one to ship nude photographs in return, based on the report. He usually commented on their look in a approach that made them uncomfortable and on one event “thrust his crotch close to the face of a reporter” whereas she interviewed him, The Athletic stated.
One other time, he advised one of many girls he’d share details about the Mets if she obtained drunk with him, the report stated. Multiple girl acquired a shirtless selfie or a number of from him, and one stated he massaged her shoulders within the dugout when he thought no one was watching, based on the report.
5 girls spoke to The Athletic on situation of anonymity they usually indicated Callaway’s actions spanned not less than 5 years and three groups, the outlet reported. Two of the ladies stated that they had been warned about Callaway’s conduct by fellow media members and others in baseball, The Athletic stated.
Callaway was the Cleveland Indians’ pitching coach for 5 years earlier than managing the Mets from 2018-19. After he was fired by New York, he spent final season with the Angels as pitching coach.
“Somewhat than rush to reply to these normal allegations of which I’ve simply been made conscious, I stay up for a chance to supply extra particular responses,” the 45-year-old Callaway wrote to The Athletic in response to an electronic mail, based on the outlet. “Any relationship by which I used to be engaged has been consensual, and my conduct was on no account meant to be disrespectful to any girls concerned. I’m married and my spouse has been made conscious of those normal allegations.”
Callaway didn’t reply to a textual content message from The Related Press.
The report got here two weeks after ESPN detailed sexually specific, uninvited textual content messages and pictures despatched by former Mets normal supervisor Jared Porter to a feminine reporter in 2016 when he was working for the Chicago Cubs of their entrance workplace. Porter was fired by the Mets the next morning, and Main League Baseball deliberate to research him.
Mets president Sandy Alderson, who employed Porter, was GM of the crew when Callaway was employed.
In accordance with the report, the Mets advised The Athletic the membership realized in August 2018 about an incident that occurred earlier than Callaway joined the crew. A spokesperson stated the membership investigated, however “declined to disclose the character of the incident, the end result of that probe or whether or not Callaway was disciplined,” The Athletic stated.
Callaway managed the Mets by the top of the 2019 season. Alderson stepped down as GM in June 2018 attributable to a most cancers analysis and the crew’s poor play. He was introduced again as crew president in November 2020 by new proprietor Steve Cohen.
“I used to be appalled by the actions reported immediately of former supervisor Mickey Callaway,” Alderson stated in a press release launched by the Mets late Monday night time. “I used to be unaware of the conduct described within the story on the time of Mickey’s rent or at any time throughout my tenure as normal supervisor. We’ve got already begun a evaluation of our hiring processes to make sure our vetting of latest staff is extra thorough and complete.”
Cohen, who purchased the membership from the Wilpon and Katz households in early November, stated: “The conduct reported in The Athletic story immediately is totally unacceptable and would by no means be tolerated below my possession.”
MLB stated it “has by no means been notified of any allegations of sexually inappropriate conduct by Mickey Callaway.”
The Angels and Indians additionally launched statements.
“The conduct being reported violates the Angels Group’s values and insurance policies. We take this very significantly and can conduct a full investigation with MLB,” crew spokesperson Marie Garvey stated.
The Indians stated: “We have been made conscious for the primary time tonight of the allegations in The Athletic relating to Mickey Callaway’s conduct in direction of girls. We’re at the moment reviewing the matter internally and in session with Main League Baseball to find out acceptable subsequent steps. Our group unequivocally doesn’t condone this kind of conduct. We search to create an inclusive work setting the place everybody, no matter gender, can really feel protected and cozy to do their jobs.”
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