LA Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway accused of harassment by five women working in sport media


LA Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway accused of sexual harassment against five women sports reporters, sending three inappropriate photos and putting his crotch near the face of another

  • Five women working in sports media have accused the former New York Mets Manager of harassment
  • The allegations, made in The Athletic, relate to a period of at least five years during which time Callaway was employed by three different teams
  • Callaway said he would not respond to ‘general allegations’ but insisted he had only been involved in consensual relationships

Five women in sports media have accused former New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway of sexual harassment, saying he ‘aggressively pursued’ them.

The women said Callaway, who is now the pitching coach for the Los Angeles Angels, made a number of unwanted sexual advances towards them, according to a report from The Athletic. 

All five women work in sports media and spoke to the publication on the condition that they were not identified.

The alleged behaviour took place over a period of at least five years during which time Callaway was employed by three different teams.

Callaway told The Athletic that he would not respond to ‘general allegations’ and said he had only been involved in consensual relationships.

He added that his behaviour ‘was in no way intended to be disrespectful to any women involved’ and that he looked forward to ‘an opportunity to provide more specific responses’.   

Five women in sports media have accused former New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (pictured) of sexual harassment, saying he 'aggressively pursued' them. The women said Callaway, who is now the pitching coach for the Los Angeles Angels, made a number of unwanted sexual advances towards them, according to a report from The Athletic [File photo]

Five women in sports media have accused former New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (pictured) of sexual harassment, saying he ‘aggressively pursued’ them. The women said Callaway, who is now the pitching coach for the Los Angeles Angels, made a number of unwanted sexual advances towards them, according to a report from The Athletic [File photo]

The women said that Callaway had sent them unsolicited electronic messages and frequently commented on their appearance in ways that made them uncomfortable. 

One woman said the 45-year-old had once thrust his crotch near her face during an interview while another recounted that he had offered to share information with her about the Mets if she went out for drinks with him. 

Another of the women said Callaway would come up and massage her shoulders in the dugout ‘when he thought no one was looking’ and texted her for a month requesting nude photos. 

‘I started talking to people [who were in the media] and they said this isn’t an isolated thing,’ the woman was quoted as saying. 

Two of the women quoted in The Athletic said they had been warned about Callaway’s behaviour by other female reporters, while three said they had received inappropriate photos from him.

Callaway also allegedly sent shirtless selfies to some of the women, requesting pictures of them in return. He is said to have contacted the women through email, text and LinkedIn. 

The Angels spokeswoman Marie Garvey issued a response, saying the reported behaviour ‘violates the Angels Organization’s values and policies.

‘We will take this very seriously and will conduct a full investigation with MLB.’     

The Mets also issued statements – one from the team’s president Sandy Alderson and another from owner Steven Cohen.

‘I was appalled by the actions reported today of former manager Mickey Callaway,’ Alderson, who hired Callaway in 2017 while serving as general manager, wrote.

Callaway (pictured) told The Athletic that he would not respond to 'general allegations' and said he had only been involved in consensual relationships. He added that his behaviour 'was in no way intended to be disrespectful to any women involved' and that he looked forward to 'an opportunity to provide more specific responses' [File photo]

Callaway (pictured) told The Athletic that he would not respond to ‘general allegations’ and said he had only been involved in consensual relationships. He added that his behaviour ‘was in no way intended to be disrespectful to any women involved’ and that he looked forward to ‘an opportunity to provide more specific responses’ [File photo]

‘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.’

Owner Cohen described Callaway’s reported behaviour as ‘completely unacceptable,’ adding that it ‘would never be tolerated under my ownership’.

Cohen was not with the Mets during Callaway’s time managing the team. 

The Athletic’s article comes two weeks after the Mets fired their general manager Jared Porter over accusations of similar behaviour. 

Porter was reported by ESPN to have sent inappropriate messages to a female reporter while he was working for the Chicago Cubs. 



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