Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway has been accused of lewd behavior following allegations that he aggressively pursued at least five women who work in sports media.
According to a report published by The Athletic on Monday evening, Callaway sent three of the unnamed women inappropriate photographs and asked one of them to send nude photos in return.
The Athletic also states that his accusers say Callaway sent them unsolicited electronic messages and regularly commented on their appearance in a manner that made them uncomfortable.
In one instance, he thrust his crotch near the face of a reporter as she interviewed him. In another, he told one of the women that if she got drunk with him he’d share information about the Mets.
The instances allegedly occurred over a number of years during which Callaway was working for different MLB organizations, including the Angels, Mets and Indians.
When approached by The Athletic and asked for a response, Callaway gave the following statement:
“Rather than rush to respond to these general allegations of which I have just been made aware, I look forward to an opportunity to provide more specific responses. Any relationship in which I was engaged has been consensual, and my conduct was in no way intended to be disrespectful to any women involved. I am married and my wife has been made aware of these general allegations.”
Angels spokesperson Marie Garvey also made a statement, saying that the organization is taking it “very seriously and will conduct a full investigation.”
Statement from Angels spokesperson Marie Garvey, as stated within the story: “The behavior being reported violates the Angels Organization’s values and policies. We take this very seriously and will conduct a full investigation with MLB.” https://t.co/pvGbFbuG4L— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) February 2, 2021
According to the report, the MLB said that they were never notified of any allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior by Callaway in the past. The piece then goes on to add that the Mets said 10 months after Callaway joined the organization, the team learned of an incident that took place before they hired him.
An investigation was conducted, but it is unclear as to whether or not he was disciplined.