Cleveland Indians say it knew nothing of former pitching coach Mickey Callaway’s alleged ‘lewd behavior’ toward women in The Athletic’s report

Cleveland Indians say it knew nothing of former pitching coach Mickey Callaway’s alleged ‘lewd behavior’ toward women in The Athletic’s report
DETROIT, MI - JULY 19: Pitching coach Mickey Callaway #32 of the Cleveland Indians talks on the phone during game one of a double header against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on July 19, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mickey Callaway (Source: Duane Burleson)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cleveland Indians claim they knew nothing about their former pitching coach Mickey Callaway’s alleged “lewd behavior” towards women that was called out in a report from The Athletic on Monday.

“The Five women accuse Mickey Callaway of lewd behavior: ‘He was completely unrelenting’” is the title of the article that said 45-year-old Callaway, “aggressively pursued at least five women who work in sports media, sending three of them inappropriate photographs and asking one of them to send nude photos in return. He sent them unsolicited electronic messages and regularly commented on their appearance in a manner that made them uncomfortable.”

Callaway joined the Indians organization as a pitching coach for the Lake County Captains in 2010 before leading the Indians in the same role prior to the 2013 season.

He was most recently hired by the Los Angeles Angels as their pitching coach before the 2020 season.

After the article’s publication, the Indians released the following statement:

“We were made aware for the first time tonight of the allegations in The Athletic regarding Mickey Callaway’s behavior towards women. We are currently reviewing the matter internally and in consultation with Major League Baseball to determine appropriate next steps. Our organization unequivocally does not condone this type of behavior. We seek to create an inclusive work environment where everyone, regardless of gender, can feel safe and comfortable to do their jobs.”

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