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On February 1st, The Athletic reported former Cleveland pitching coach Mickey Callaway had been accused of lewd behavior including allegedly aggressively pursuing women and sending lewd text messages throughout his career in Major League Baseball.

The Cleveland Indians addressed those reports a few days later. Indians President of Baseball Operations Chris Antonetti said: “When I read the article, that was the first time I became aware of the alleged behaviors.”

On March 2nd, The Athletic revealed that multiple sources indicated that the organization was aware of Callaway’s behavior during his time in Cleveland.

Th new report from The Athletic’s Brittany Ghiroli, Katie Strang and Ken Rosenthal says that over the past month, The Athletic interviewed 22 people that had interactions with Callaway during his time in Cleveland, including a total of 12 current and former employees.

These current and former employees said that “Callaway’s sexual indiscretions permeated the workplace to such an extent that it would have been difficult for top officials to not be aware of his behavior, and they push back against any assertion that Callaway’s actions, when made public by The Athletic last month, caught team executives or MLB by surprise.”

Also in the March 2nd report, “One former pitcher under Callaway said that Callaway’s conduct was widely known as early as 2010..”

It is also noted that “None of the women who interacted with Callaway during his time in Cleveland reported these interactions through any official channels” but that multiple women who had interactions with Callaway felt that this statement was evasive about the knowledge of Callway’s behavior.

Callaway was the pitching coach for the Lake County Captains, Cleveland’s Single-A affiliate in 2010 and became the Indians major league pitching coach in 2013. He was hired by the Mets as the Manager in 2018 and was fired after the 2019 season. He is currently the pitching coach for the Los Angeles Angels.

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