Cleveland, Ohio – The case of Mickey Callaway shows that the Cleveland Indians failed to create an environment where women could freely report sexual harassment.
According to an article in The Athletic, the former Indian pitching coach has been accused of improper and rude behavior by five different women.
Not everything happened to Indians. Callaway was a pitching coach from 201
But the Indians now know that some women who have received sexual texts and comments from Callaway are reluctant to report to the convoy. This is the key point.
As “Sports” reported: “Of the ladies who interacted with Callaway during the Cleveland period of Callaway (Callaway), none of them reported these interactions through any official channels.”
This also happened when Callaway managed the Mets. It highlights a problem in professional sports where some qualified men believe that they are gifts from God to women and should be treated as such.
At the same time, women want to show that they are strong enough to deal with the world of men. They also worry about being interrupted by others if they complain.
This may create a toxic environment for characters such as Callaway to take advantage of. He counted on women not to speak.
Remember, the biggest culprit in this story is Callaway.
According to reports, Callaway had several things with the Indians, and they had to understand some of them. This indiscretion is “voluntary”, at least from what the Indians say they know.
In 2017, the husband of a woman who had a long-term affair with Callaway contacted Indians through the fan relations department. The team dealt with this issue together with President Chris Antonetti, General Manager GM Mike Chernoff and Manager Terry Francona. The personnel department and the legal department are involved.
This is why Francona said that he did not try to cover it up.
Callaway faced the team. He allegedly interrupted the matter.
What makes Indians look bad is what Antonetti said at a press conference on February 4th: “During our tenure, Mickey never treated me, our human resources department or other leaders. People have made any complaints.”
Antonetti is talking about allegations of sexual harassment. But the team did know that at least one incident caused a complaint.
This also created tension between the players’ wives, who knew that Callaway was married, but were taking other women on the road with him. This guy spent a lot of time and energy on women, which was reflected poorly in the coaching staff and his team.
The campaign’s story reports: “Some wives shared these concerns with their husbands. Although there were no formal human resources or other department complaints, these concerns have been communicated to at least one department head and another staff member.”
By the way, when it is clear that Callaway will be the main topic, it is a bad idea to make Francona the only member of the organization to speak today. Francona naturally wouldn’t say much about this. As I mentioned at the press conference, this should be handled by someone higher than the manager.
The Indians are wrong
In terms of how to treat their people, the Indians have always been one of the model organizations of baseball. This is why many of their executives stay on the team.
But something went wrong here.
Even without a formal complaint, did the Indians ignore the rumors about Callaway? I don’t know the answer. The team must investigate this and find out. Major League Baseball is also investigating Callaway.
The second question: Why are women (least part of the team) reluctant to complain? As “Sports” reported, no one did it.
Do they think Callaway is in a good position in the team so that their complaints will be ignored? In the future, the Indians vowed to ensure this change.
They talked with female employees to make sure they knew that the team would listen and to establish a stronger communication channel. When they need to do other things, they appear very attentive and sincere. They must keep an open mind, otherwise other situations such as Mickey Callaway may happen again.
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