According to new owner Steven Cohen, the New York Mets general manager Jared Porter has been fired this morning. Porter reportedly admits sending explicit texts to a female reporter. Mets general manager Jared Porter sent graphic, uninvited text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 when working for the Chicago Cubs in their front office, ESPN reported Monday night.
Cohen took quick action in firing Porter. The New York Mets hired the 41-year-old Porter last month to a four-year contract after being with the Arizona Diamondbacks as its Senior Vice President and assistant general manager. Porter had apologized to Met’s Sandy Anderson for his actions. But that wasn’t enough for owner Steven Cohen who said:
“The Mets take these matters seriously, expect professional and ethical behavior from all of our employees, and certainly do not condone the conduct described in (the ESPN) story. We will follow up as we review the facts regarding this serious issue.”
ESPN said the woman was a foreign correspondent who had moved to the United States to cover Major League Baseball. She met Porter in a Yankee Stadium elevator in June 2016, and she said they spoke briefly about international baseball and exchanged business cards. She told ESPN that was the only time they ever spoke.
Porter started texting the women causally, but it soon turned sexual as he sent her lude photos, one reportedly of a penis. Porter sent over 60 text messages to the women. As much as she tried to avoid him, it was impossible in different ballparks. It was so serious that she actually ditched sports journalism and returned to her home country.
“We have terminated Jared Porter this morning . In my initial press conference I spoke about the importance of integrity and I meant it.There should be zero tolerance for this type of behavior.”