More details emerged Tuesday about Mickey Callaway’s lewd and inappropriate behavior toward women, particularly that the Cleveland Indians were aware of some of the allegations against their former pitching coach.
Among those within the organization who knew about Callaway’s behavior was manager Terry Francona, who was made aware of a complaint by a man who said the pitching coach sent his wife, whom Callaway was having an affair with, “unsolicited pornographic material.”
Francona’s son, Nick, posted a statement on Twitter Tuesday that said his father denied knowing anything when the story first broke last month and that he confronted his father again on Tuesday, adding that the Cleveland manager simply “doesn’t get it.”
Nick, who used to work in the Dodgers front office, also lambasted the Indians, Major League Baseball and the commissioner’s office for being “part of the problem,” calling for an independent outside part to hold predatory figures like Callaway within baseball responsible.
Terry Francona, in addressing the report with media on Tuesday, was asked about his son’s public statement.
“I love all my kids unconditionally,” he said. “That’s a very difficult thing to see. To deal with it publicly is hurtful.”
Nick was quick to respond, saying his father should have dealt with it privately and all this could have been avoided.
In addition to Francona being made aware of the complaint against Callaway, the story also alleges a Cleveland-area attorney offered the complainant in a phone call that was recorded a chance to talk with Francona because he thought the manager could “calm him.”
The attorney said he did not recall having a conversation with Francona and questioned the legitimacy of the alleged recorded phone call.
Callaway, 45, remains suspended by the Los Angeles Angels while they continue to conduct their own internal investigation on the matter.