The Los Angeles Angels suspended pitching coach Mickey Callaway Tuesday over reports that he made unsolicited advances to five women who work in sports media.
The married coach denied wrongdoing and said that any relationship “has been consensual.”
But the Angels said he was suspended because such behavior, if true, would violate the club’s “values and policies.”
“Late yesterday we were made aware of the allegations reported in The Athletic. This morning we suspended Mickey Callaway, and will work closely with MLB to conduct a full investigation,” the team tweeted Tuesday.
The accusations against Callaway, 45, were reported Monday night. They accuse him of repeated calls, emails, texts and in-person advances over a five-year period.
“Rather than rush to respond to these general allegations of which I have just been made aware, I look forward to an opportunity to provide more specific responses,” Callaway told The Athletic in an emailed response. “Any relationship in which I engaged has been consensual, and my conduct was in no way intended to be disrespectful to any women involved. I am married and my wife has been made aware of these general allegations.”
On Monday, the Angels tweeted, “The behavior being reported violates the Angels Organization’s values and policies. We take these allegations very seriously, and will conduct a full investigation with MLB.”
Callaway was named the Angels’ pitching coach prior to the 2020 season. He was the manager of the New York Mets in 2018 and 2019, compiling a 163-161 record before the Mets fired him after the 2019 season.
He previously served as the Cleveland Indians’ pitching coach from 2013-17. The report stated that Callaway’s alleged advances spanned at least five years with all three teams.
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