Mickey Callaway calls second press conference after not apologizing in first
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway initially expressed very little remorse for his confrontation with a reporter on Sunday after the team announced he and reliever Jason Vargas have been fined, and the situation is now getting more embarrassing for all those involved by the minute.
On Monday, the Mets announced that Callaway and Vargas have been fined for their altercation with Newsday’s Tim Healey the day before. A press conference from Callaway followed shortly after, and the manager essentially refused to apologize.
Wow, as far as I can tell, Mickey Callaway's presser did not contain the words "I'm sorry" or "I apologize" at all. Just a lot of "I'm a tough competitor" rationalizations. Completely unacceptable, @mets. #LGM
— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) June 24, 2019
Mickey Callaway, offered several chances to apologize, did not go so far as to do that
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) June 24, 2019
It would be fair to assume that the Mets were not pleased with the lack of remorse Callaway showed, especially after some said they cut him a break by not suspending him. Fast-forward a couple of hours, and Callaway called another press conference in which he said he is “definitely sorry.”
Here is Mickey Callaway's readdress of his address. He now says he apologized to the reporter he accosted at Wrigley Field, and regrets his actions. He did not take further questions. pic.twitter.com/v8vhoV66Kg
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) June 24, 2019
Callaway’s message in the second meeting with the media seemed to be that he apologized directly to Healey, which is why he didn’t apologize again via the press. The fact that he had to hold two separate press conferences in a short span to get the apology right — at least in the eyes of his employer — is almost surreal.
Unless Callaway had some reason for ripping into Healey other than the one that has been reported, his actions seemed completely out of line. Apparently it took him two separate press conferences to realize that.