Nick Francona, the son of Cleveland supervisor Terry Francona and a former Dodgers and Mets government, known as out his father and the Cleveland group for their response to a collection of stories from The Athletic, which element a number of accounts of sexual harassment from former pitching coach Mickey Callaway.
“When the information about Mickey Callaway’s habits first got here out earlier this yr, I confronted my father, Chris Antonetti, and others with the Cleveland Indians. I needed to know why they did not say something to me when the Mets employed Mickey Callaway they usually gave him a powerful endorsement,” Francona said in a statement released Tuesday. “My father lied to me and mentioned he did not know. Moreover, I believe he and his colleagues fail to grasp what is appropriate habits and what is not.”
A follow-up report printed in The Athletic on Tuesday mentioned that MLB and Cleveland probably knew about Callaway’s habits when he labored for the membership, which preceded the Mets’ and Angels’ determination to rent Callaway in numerous capacities.
In final month’s Athletic report, 5 girls spoke about their experiences with Callaway over a five-year span. He reportedly despatched inappropriate pictures and unsolicited messages to “at the very least 5 girls who work in sports activities media.” The ladies detailed interactions through which they mentioned Callaway despatched sexually express messages, crudely commented on their look and in a single occasion, “thrust his crotch close to the face of a reporter as she interviewed him.”
For the reason that first report’s publication, extra girls have spoken to The Athletic to share their accounts of Callaway “sending them inappropriate messages and/or photographs, making undesirable advances and extra whereas they labored for [Cleveland].”
“I confronted my father once more this morning and it’s clear that he merely would not get it,” Francona mentioned. “I’m hesitant to get into the private particulars of my household state of affairs, however my father and I would not have a very shut relationship, largely consequently of disagreements about his conduct, some of which has been reported over time, and a few of which has not.
“I’ve all the time tried to face up for what I felt was proper, even when it wasn’t simple. On this case, which means acknowledging that my very own father and his colleagues are clearly within the incorrect.”
Following Nick’s assertion, Terry Francona informed reporters, according to Cleveland.com’s Hayden Grove, that “I like all my youngsters unconditionally. … That is a really troublesome factor to see. To cope with it publicly is hurtful.”
The Angels suspended Callaway in February and mentioned they’ll work carefully with MLB, which is investigating his conduct throughout his employment with a number of organizations. ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez reported that Callaway is protected against being fired with out an investigation since he has denied wrongdoing.
On Monday, Mets president Sandy Alderson mentioned the workforce was “shortsighted” in its hiring course of when vetting Callaway.
Alderson employed Callaway in October 2017, after he had served as Cleveland’s pitching coach. Callaway spent two seasons because the Mets’ supervisor earlier than being fired and touchdown a job with the Angels.
In 2018, Francona left the Mets after serving because the workforce’s assistant director of participant improvement. He had fired by the Dodgers after a conflict with Gabe Kapler, then the group’s director of participant improvement.
“Their habits is unacceptable and, even worse, it is laborious to think about them to enhance and be taught once they appear extra involved about masking up wrongdoings than addressing them truthfully,” Nick Francona mentioned.
A Cleveland worker informed The Athletic that Callaway’s habits was “the worst-kept secret within the group.”