Suspended Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway issued a statement to the Athletic in which he admitted to having extramarital affairs, but continued to deny allegations of sexual harassment against him.
The statement was published Tuesday morning in a report from the Athletic that described new details about Callaway’s alleged behavior toward women. Last month, the Athletic reported the first public allegations against Callaway, when five women in the sports media industry accused him of making inappropriate advances toward them — including comments on their appearance, sending them unsolicited shirtless photos of himself, and in one instance asking for nude photos in return — over a period of five years during which he worked for the Angels, New York Mets and Cleveland Indians.
Tuesday’s report included more details about Callaway’s eight-year tenure in the Indians organization from 2010-17, the final five of which he served as the club’s pitching coach.
The story said he had a reputation for aggressively pursuing women and that the club’s female employees warned one another to stay away from him. In 2015, wives of players on the team were reportedly concerned about an affair they perceived Callaway to be having with one woman who was around the team.
The story also described a consensual affair Callaway had with a married woman in Arizona between 2015 and 2017. When the woman’s husband found out and confronted Callaway in early 2017, an MLB security officer got involved and a report about the matter was filed with MLB.
The husband also reportedly called the Indians’ fan services department so often the situation was brought to the attention of Indians manager Terry Francona, general manager Mike Chernoff and team President Chris Antonetti. Antonetti claimed last month he had no prior knowledge of Callaway’s alleged behavior.
When Callaway was hired by the Mets to be their manager for the 2018 season, the husband also contacted that organization, according to the report, and the matter was brought to the attention of the Mets’ general counsel.
In response to the newly reported details, Callaway emailed this statement to the Athletic:
“While much of the reporting around my behavior has been inaccurate, the truth is that on multiple occasions I have been unfaithful to my wife, and for that I am deeply sorry. What I have never done is use my position to harass or pressure a woman. I am confident that I have never engaged in anything that was non-consensual. I feel truly blessed that my wife and children have stuck with me as the most personal and embarrassing details of my infidelities have been revealed. I will continue to work as hard as I can to repair the rift of trust that I have caused inside of my family.”
Callaway has been suspended by the Angels since Feb. 2, the day after the Athletic first published the allegations against him. The team said in a statement at the time it would “work closely with MLB to conduct a full investigation.” An Angels spokesman said Tuesday the team had no additional comment at this time.
Because Callaway denied the original allegations, the league and the Angels were compelled to launch the investigation. On Friday, a person familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it publicly said the league’s investigation remains “ongoing” with no timetable for resolution.
In Callaway’s absence this spring, the Angels named bullpen coach Matt Wise as interim pitching coach. Wise, however, has been restricted to remote instruction since Feb. 20 after testing positive for the coronavirus. His in-person responsibilities are being shared by the rest of the Angels pitching staff in the meantime.
Creighton coach Greg McDermott apologizes for controversial comments
Creighton basketball coach Greg McDermott apologized Tuesday for asking his team to “stay on the plantation” after a loss Saturday.
“Specifically, I said: ‘Guys, we got to stick together. We need both feet in. I need everybody to stay on the plantation. I can’t have anybody leave the plantation,’” McDermott revealed in a statement. “I realize the pain that my words have caused. For that, I sincerely apologize.”
McDermott said he was trying to encourage the Bluejays to stick together after a 77-69 loss to Xavier and that he immediately recognized his poor choice of words.
Creighton called McDermott’s comments “deplorable” in a statement.
“While an apology is a start, and while we believe this was out of character for Coach McDermott, in no way does it diminish the fact that his remark was hurtful to many and has absolutely no place in the Creighton community,” the university said.
Terrence Rencher, an assistant coach at Creighton and member of Coaches For Action, a group of Big East coaches whose mission is “to use their platform to educate and bring awareness to social injustices,” also responded publicly to the head coach’s analogy.
“I am deeply hurt by his words. While my relationship with Coach has been positive and I have never witnessed any racist energy from him, what he said was wrong and insensitive,” Rencher said. “Right now my focus is on the players and supporting them.”
Rencher said the team had discussed McDermott’s words and would continue the season with him in charge. Creighton is 17-6 and almost certain to make the NCAA Tournament.
McDermott’s comments were not publicly reported prior to Tuesday’s apology.