According to a report by The Athletic, the Cleveland Indians were made aware of complaints about Mickey Callaway’s sexually inappropriate behavior during his tenure as the pitching coach, despite public statements to the contrary by the team.
Chris Antonetti, president of the Indian baseball division, responded to an earlier report by The Athletic detailing the allegations against Callaway last month that the organization was not aware of any inappropriate behavior towards women.
But loud The latest report was released on Tuesday by The AthleticThe husband of a woman who had an extramarital relationship with Callaway from 2015 to 2017 contacted the Indians several times to complain about Callaway’s behavior.
The team’s public relations and communications staff brought Antonetti, Indian manager Terry Francona and general manager Mike Chernoff to the attention of the man’s complaints in the summer of 2017, The Athletic said.
“This problem has been fixed with [Callaway] of the top three baseball officials, “a former Native American employee told The Athletic.
Francona later said Tuesday that no one in the Indian organization had “covered up” Callaway and that the team plans to issue a statement that will look further into the matter.
“No one has ever been intentionally covered up for anyone, I can tell you,” Francona said on a Zoom call from the team’s spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona.
The athlete reported that the affair between Callaway and the woman contained “unsolicited pornographic material”, including photos and at least one video, according to the husband. The husband raised the matter with a Major League Baseball security officer in April 2017, who told him that Callaway “wants it all to go away.” A league source confirmed to The Athletic that a report of the man’s complaint had been filed with MLB.
A Cleveland-based attorney spoke to the woman later that summer on a phone call she recorded, according to The Athletic. The lawyer, Tom Mannion, told the woman that he had spoken to Callaway and Francona about the matter and that the manager who won the World Series offered to speak to the husband.
The Indians denied being in contact with Mannion about the problem, and Mannion told The Athletic that he did not remember ever speaking to Terry Francona.
“In June 2017, we received reports from a man alleging extramarital contact between Mickey and his wife for a period of two years,” the Indians said in a statement to The Athletic. “Within days of the report, we spoke to Mickey about the alleged behavior and he claimed the relationship was consensual and off-work. After our interview with Mickey and to our knowledge, there have been no further complaints of this person’s wrongdoing during Mickey’s tenure in the club. “
Francona was asked Tuesday if he was worried about The Athletic Report.
“I’ve never worked in a place where I have more respect for people than here,” said Francona, who is starting his ninth season at Cleveland. “And I’ve been very fortunate to work for some wonderful people. I believe that in my heart.
“I don’t think today is the day to go into details, things like that. I hope there will be a day because I think it would be good and I think it is necessary.”
Just before Francona spoke to reporters, his son Nick was posted on twitter that he had read the new report on Callaway and confronted his father. The younger Francona said the Indians “are clearly wrong”.
“Their behavior is unacceptable, and worse, it is hard to have faith in them in order to improve and learn when they seem more concerned about covering up wrongdoing than addressing them honestly,” wrote Nick Francona on twitter.
The 61-year-old Francona, who only played 14 games last season for health reasons, said his son’s comments were painful.
“I love all of my children unconditionally,” he said. “As you can imagine, it’s very difficult to see. So it’s hurtful to be public with it.”
Callaway, who was with Cleveland from 2010 to 2017 and served as the pitching coach for the past five seasons, was hired as the New York Mets manager in October 2017. The husband emailed the Mets in August 2018 to inform the team about Callaway’s affair with his wife.
Callaway, currently the Los Angeles Angels’ pitching coach, has denied wrongdoing, according to ESPN sources and The Athletic. He responded to The Athletic’s request for comment on Monday.
“While much of the reports of my behavior have been inaccurate, the truth is that I have been unfaithful to my wife on multiple occasions and I am deeply sorry for that,” Callaway told The Athletic in an email. “What I have never done is use my position to harass or pressure a woman. I am confident that I have never entered into anything that was not consensual. I feel really blessed to have mine The wife and children as the most personal have stayed with me and embarrassing details of my infidelity have been revealed. I will continue to work as hard as possible to repair the breach of trust I have caused in my family. “
Callaway has been the Angels’ pitching coach since being fired by the Mets in October 2019. He was suspended by the Angels last month after that first report from The Athletic, in which five women accused Callaway of lewd behavior.
The Athletic last month cited interviews with 22 people who interacted with Callaway during his time with the Indians – including 12 current or former team employees – and reported Tuesday that more women came forward alleging inappropriate behavior at work for Callaway the team.
An Indian employee told The Athletic that Callaway’s behavior in the workplace was “the worst-kept secret in the organization,” and the wife of a player who was on the team in 2015 said Callaway was “just someone you can be of wanted to stay away “.
The women who interacted with Callaway during his time with the Indians did not disclose his behavior through official channels, according to The Athletic.
“I don’t think it’s necessarily a Cleveland problem, it’s a baseball problem,” a woman who worked for the Indians told The Athletic. “As women, we feel like if we report something we will be viewed like a tattletale, or if we talk, (the team) will find out who reported it.”
However, a former team employee said Antonetti’s comments “hit me wrong” earlier this month.
“I know Chris has to do it that way and run things, but the number of people in this organization who know about all of these things, I don’t know how he can meet his staff,” the former employee told The Athletic.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.