CLEVELAND, Ohio – Mickey Calaway reveals a failure by Cleveland Indians to create a setting where women feel free to report sexual harassment.
The former Indian pitching coach has been accused of inappropriate and crude behavior by five different women, according to an Athletic article.
That’s not all that happened with Indians, where Kala Leve was pitching coaching from 2013 to 2017. Some were with the Mets (where he managed in 2018-19) and Angels as pitching coaches (2020).
But Indians now know that some women who have received comments from sexual texts and Cal Lave were reluctant to report it to the team. That is a major issue.
The Thaletic story reports: “None of the women who spoke to Calave during their time in Cleveland reported this interaction through any of the official channels.”
This also happened when Calave was managing the Mets. It highlights the problem in pro-sports, where some deserving men believe that women are a gift from God and should be treated as such.
Meanwhile, women want to show that they are tough enough to handle a job in the man’s world. There is also a risk of being cut off by others in the baseball if they complain.
It can create a toxic environment to be exploited by characters like Kala Leve. He counted on the fact that women would not speak.
And keep in mind, the biggest culprit in this story is Cal.
There are reports of Cleve having a lot of things with the Indians who wanted to know about some of them. At least the Indians knew what they were saying and the differences were “consensual”.
In 2017, the husband of a woman engaged in a long-term affair with Kalave approached Indians through the fan relations department. The team raised the issue with President Chris Antonetti, GM Mike Chernoff and manager Terry Franco. Which included the human relations department and the legal department.
That’s why Francona said no attempt was made to cover it.
Callaway was confronted by the team. He had stripped that relationship.
Antonetti said in a Feb. February press conference about whether Indians feel bad: “Mickey has never had a complaint against us with us, me or our HR department or other leaders.”
Antonetti was talking about allegations of sexual harassment. But the team was aware of at least one affair that led to the complaint.
The lake of the field
It also caused tension between the players’ wives who knew Kalave was married, but she was bringing other women with her on the road. This guy was spending a lot of time and energy on women, something that reflects poorly on coaching staff members and his team.
Athletic Story reports: “Some wives shared this concern with their husbands, and this concern was conveyed to at least one department head and another employee, although no formal formal complaint has been registered in HR or any other department,” a source said. Was.
On the one hand, it was a bad idea to be the only member of Franco’s speaking organization today, when it was clear that Calave would be the main topic. Francona naturally didn’t say much about it. As I said at the press conference, this should be handled by someone more than the manager.
Where the Indians were wrong
Indians are one of the most important organizations in terms of how they treat their people. That’s why so many of their top executives stay with the team.
But something went wrong here.
Did the Indians ignore the rumors about Kalave even though there were no formal complaints? I don’t know the answer. It is something that the team must investigate and find. The Major League Baseball team is also investigating.
Second question: Why were the women (most of the team members) not ready to complain? In The Thaletic’s report, no one did.
Did they think Kalave was in this favorable position with the team that their complaints would be ignored? In the future, Indians are guaranteed to make these changes.
They’ve talked to female employees to make sure they know the team will listen, and they’ve created stronger channels of communication. They look dedicated and sincere when it comes to doing what is needed elsewhere. They should be open to change, or another situation like Mickey Calaway could happen again.
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