Nick Francona, the son of Cleveland manager Terry Francona and a former Dodgers and Mets executive, called his father and the Cleveland organization for their response to a series of reports from The athletic, which details multiple accounts of sexual harassment by former pitching coach Mickey Callaway.
“When the news broke about Mickey Callaway’s behavior earlier this year, I confronted my father, Chris Antonetti, and others with the Cleveland Indians. I wanted to know why they didn’t tell me anything when the Mets signed Mickey Callaway and gave him a strong backing “, Francona said in a statement released Tuesday. “My father lied to me and said he didn’t know. Also, I think he and his colleagues don’t understand what is acceptable behavior and what is not.”
A follow-up report published in The athletic he said Tuesday that MLB and Cleveland likely knew about Callaway’s behavior when he worked for the club, which preceded the Mets and Angels’ decision to sign Callaway in various capacities.
In the past month Athletic In the report, five women spoke about their experiences with Callaway over a five-year period. She reportedly sent inappropriate photos and unsolicited messages to “at least five women who work in sports media.” The women detailed interactions in which they said Callaway sent sexually explicit messages, commented crudely on his appearance and, in one case, “brought his crotch up to a reporter’s face while interviewing him.”
Since the publication of the first report, more women have spoken with The athletic to share their Callaway accounts “by sending them inappropriate messages and / or photos, making unwanted advances and more while working to [Cleveland]. “
“I faced my father again this morning and it’s clear he just doesn’t get it,” Francona said. “I hesitate to go into the personal details of my family situation, but my father and I do not have a particularly close relationship, largely as a result of disagreements about his conduct, some of which have been reported over the years, and some of which don’t.
“I’ve always tried to defend what I felt was right, even when it wasn’t easy. In this case, that means acknowledging that my own father and his colleagues are clearly wrong.”
Following Nick’s statement, Terry Francona told reporters: according to Hayden Grove of Cleveland.com, that “I love all my children unconditionally … That is something very difficult to see. Dealing with it publicly is painful.”
The Angels suspended Callaway in February and said they will work closely with MLB, which is investigating his conduct during his employment with various organizations. ESPN’s Alden González reported that Callaway is protected from being fired without an investigation as he has denied wrongdoing.
On Monday, Mets president Sandy Alderson said the team was “shortsighted” in its hiring process when it investigated Callaway.
Alderson hired Callaway in October 2017, after serving as Cleveland’s pitching coach. Callaway spent two seasons managing the Mets before being fired and landing a job with the Angels.
In 2018, Francona left the Mets after serving as the team’s deputy director of player development. He had fired the Dodgers after a clash with Gabe Kapler, then the organization’s director of player development.
“Their behavior is unacceptable, and worse, it’s hard to have faith in them to improve and learn when they seem more concerned with covering up crimes than dealing with them honestly,” said Nick Francona.
A Cleveland employee said The athletic that Callaway’s behavior was “the organization’s worst kept secret.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.