CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona was asked about the latest in the scandal involving Mickey Callaway as more reports of wrongdoings from the team’s pitching coach surfaced.
“Right now is just not the right time to respond to some of the questions I’m sure you have,” Francona said at the start of his remarks. “I do hope at some point, we are able to because I think we need to.”
His remarks came on the heels of a second article in The Athletic detailing alleged sexual harassment and indiscretions on the part of Callaway.
The Cleveland Indians itself issued a statement several hours later regarding their former pitching coach:
“Our organization continues to actively cooperate with MLB on their investigation into Mickey Callaway. It is important we honor the confidentiality and integrity of that investigation. While we don’t believe the reporting to date reflects who we are as an organization, we will not comment further on the specifics of this matter,” the team said in a media release.
“We remain committed to creating an inclusive work environment where everyone, regardless of gender, can feel safe and comfortable at all times. We will let our actions – not just our words – reflect our commitment,” the statement said.
Callaway was Francona’s pitching coach with the Indians from 2013 to 2017, before leaving to manage the New York Mets in 2018.
In a report published on Feb. 1 by The Athletic, five women described a pattern of sexually inappropriate behavior by Callaway during his days with the Indians, as well as other teams.
Three days later, Indians president Chris Antonetti said that was the first he’d heard or read of any such behavior by Callaway.
“There had never been any complaints against Mickey in his time with us, either to me or to our human resources department or other leaders,” Antonetti previously said.
According to The Athletic, a dozen current and former Indians employees maintain that Callaway’s sexual indiscretions were widely known within the organization.
The newest report claimed that Francona and the top Indians officials knew of complaints against Callaway during his time in Cleveland, despite saying they did not know of the allegations until early February 2021.
“Nobody’s ever deliberately covered up for anybody, I can tell you that,” Francona said on Tuesday.
Francona’s son took to social media on Tuesday morning to claim his father “simply doesn’t get” the severity of Callaway’s reported actions.
Francona, who seemed to struggle emotionally when answering a question about his son’s remarks, said he would not discuss his family matters at this time.
The team and MLB are currently conducting an investigation into the claims against Callaway.