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Mickey Callaway Accused of Making Unwanted Sexual Advances

Mickey Callaway, who managed the Mets for two seasons before being fired in 2019, has been accused of making unwanted sexual advances by five women who work in sports media, according to a report from The Athletic. The reported advances spanned at least five years, during which Callaway was employed by three teams, including the Mets.

Callaway, who is currently the pitching coach of the Los Angeles Angels, wrote in an email to The Athletic that he would not respond to “general allegations” but that he looked forward to “an opportunity to provide more specific responses.” He said that he had been involved only in consensual relationships and that his conduct “was in no way intended to be disrespectful to any women involved.”

The five women, all of whom spoke to The Athletic on the condition of anonymity, described a pattern of Callaway repeatedly sending unwanted emails and text messages, including shirtless photographs. One woman said he asked her to send nude photographs, while another said he thrust his crotch toward her face while she was interviewing him.

The Mets issued a pair of statements after the publication of the report by The Athletic.

“I was appalled by the actions reported today of former manager Mickey Callaway,” said Sandy Alderson, the president of the Mets who as general manager of the team hired Callaway in October 2017. “I was unaware of the conduct described in the story at the time of Mickey’s hire or at any time during my tenure as general manager. We have already begun a review of our hiring processes to ensure our vetting of new employees is more thorough and comprehensive.”

The other statement came from the team’s owner, Steven Cohen, who was not with the Mets when Callaway was manager. “The conduct reported in The Athletic story today is completely unacceptable,” he said, “and would never be tolerated under my ownership.”

The allegations about Callaway came two weeks after the Mets fired their general manager, Jared Porter, over accusations about similar behavior. ESPN reported that Porter had sent lewd text messages to a female reporter while working for the Chicago Cubs. Like Callaway, Porter was hired by Alderson, who recently rejoined the Mets front office.

The two reports highlight the difficulties faced by female reporters covering men’s sports. Reporters must obtain the phone numbers of possible sources, creating the potential for those sources — who hold enormous sway in their sports — to pursue them and send inappropriate messages.

“I was just trying to be nice; he was the manager,” one of the women told The Athletic of her interaction with Callaway.

In response to a request for comment, the Mets told The Athletic that the team “learned” in August 2018 of an incident that took place before it hired Callaway. The Mets said they had investigated the incident, but did not reveal what it involved or the outcome of their investigation. Callaway continued managing the team for another 14 months.

The team has yet to comment further on the incident.

The Angels told The Athletic they would conduct an investigation. The Cleveland Indians, for whom Callaway was a pitching coach before being hired by the Mets, said they would review the matter and consult with Major League Baseball.

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