***Update***: One source says Tommy Callaway has “stepped back” from his role at the church, which was in a voluntary capacity.
Tommy Callaway, a leader at the Pittman Park United Methodist Church in Georgia, told Inside Edition that he simply got “caught up in the moment.”
The rest of his denial didn’t do him any favors:
“I was getting ready to bring my hands up and wave to the camera to the audience, there was a misjudge in character and decision-making.”
“I touched her back; I did not know exactly where I touched her.”
So he meant to touch her back, which wouldn’t have been okay either. But he didn’t mean to do that. And actually he wanted to wave to the camera. Even though he wasn’t looking at the camera. And instead of waving, he slapped the reporter’s butt.
That’s not a misjudgment of character. That’s Callaway’s actual character, just displayed to the world.
Honestly, what kind of excuse was this? Why didn’t he just take responsibility for his actions and vow to “do better”? How many of us have also been “caught up in the moment” and accidentally touched someone’s body without consent?
It’s a pathetic response for anyone much less a Christian leader. So far, though, the church hasn’t said anything about the situation. Callaway hasn’t indicated anything he plans to do to make up for his actions, either.