Published: Tue, January 19, 2021
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NY Mets fire GM after he sent explicit texts to reporter

NY Mets fire GM after he sent explicit texts to reporter

This screen grab from a December Zoom call shows New York Mets general manager Jared Porter.

The New York Mets fired general manager Jared Porter on Tuesday, a day after ESPN reported that he sent explicit unsolicited texts and images to a female reporter in 2016 while working for the Chicago Cubs in their front office.

ESPN reported that Porter sent the woman - a foreign correspondent who had moved to the cover Major League Baseball - 17 pictures. The reporter moved to the USA from an unnamed foreign country to cover Major League Baseball, according to ESPN.

The text relationship started casually before Porter. began complimenting her appearance, inviting her to meet him in various cities and asking why she was ignoring him. In messages obtained by ESPN, Porter texted, "You're gorgeous".

"I think what we've talked about the most is just a cultural shift, for one", Porter said when introduced as GM last month.

The Cubs said they weren't aware of the allegations against Porter until this week, suggesting the unnamed employee who spoke with the reporter did so on their own accord.

He then reportedly sent a selfie of a man's pants with a bulge in the crotch. She told ESPN that the employee informer her that Porter wanted to apologize in person, something she did not want to do, and urged her to use the situation to her advantage.

Porter admitted to texting the woman when contacted by ESPN and "when told the exchanges show he had sent selfies and other pictures, he said that 'the more explicit ones are not of me".

"Being alone in a different country made it tougher", she told ESPN through an interpreter. She's asked not to be identified out of fear of a backlash.

The woman says she stopped responding after that photo. but says Porter kept on messaging.

The Mets had said in an earlier statement that they were internally reviewing the incident, with team president Sandy Alderson confirming that Porter had acknowledged making a "serious error in judgment". "There should be zero tolerance for this type of behavior", Cohen tweeted. "Jared's actions, as reflected by events disclosed last night, failed to meet the Mets' standards for professionalism and personal conduct".

Jared Porter went from rising star to unemployed - literally overnight.

Porter worked as director of professional scouting for the Boston Red Sox before the Cubs hired him in 2015. From there, he was the top scout at the Chicago Cubs for two seasons before being hired by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was in that role for less than six weeks.

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