New York Metz fired general manager Jared Porter after he announced he had sent obscene text messages to a female reporter, owner Steve Cohen said Monday. “There has to be zero tolerance for this type of behavior,” Cohen tweeted.
Porter sent graphic, uninvited text messages and images to the reporter in 2016 while working for the Chicago Cubes at their front office, ESPN reported Monday night. Porter sent dozens of texts to the woman, ending with a photo of a “straight, naked penis,” according to the report. ESPN said it had received a copy of the text’s history.
New York hired 41-year-old Porter last month. He agreed to a four-year contract after spending the last four seasons with Arizona Diamondbacks as senior vice president and assistant general manager.
“I spoke directly with Jared Porter about events that took place in 2016 that we were first informed about tonight. Jared admitted to me a serious misjudgment, took responsibility for his behavior, expressed remorse and before that apologized for his actions. “Mets President Sandy Alderson said in a statement before Porter’s dismissal.
The woman was not identified in the report. ESPN said it chose to release recently only on condition of anonymity because it feared a backlash in its homeland.
ESPN said the woman was a foreign correspondent who moved to the United States to cover Major League Baseball. She met with Porter in an elevator at Yankee Stadium in June 2016 and said they spoke briefly about international baseball and exchanged business cards. She told ESPN that the only time they had ever spoken.
After an exchange of texts that began carelessly, Porter began complimenting her appearance, inviting her to meet him in various cities and asking why she ignored him, ESPN said.
After sending her an obscene photo, the woman ignored more than 60 messages from Porter before he sent the last vulgar photo, according to ESPN. The woman told ESPN that she had deliberately tried to avoid him in several major basketball league parks, and Porter’s texts ultimately contributed to her decision to leave the journalism industry and return to her homeland.
Porter sent a text apology to the woman in 2016 after seeing the nude photo and writing that his messages were “extremely inappropriate, very offensive and out of order,” ESPN reported.
ESPN said it contacted Porter on Monday night and he admitted to sending messages to the woman. Initially, he said he did not send any photos of himself, but when he was informed that the exchanges showed that he had sent selfies and other photos, he said that “the more explicit ones are not from me. They are like, quite like a joke, “ESPN reported.
Asked if the store intended to release a story, Porter asked for more time before later declining further comment, ESPN said.
This is another embarrassing development for the Mets, who energized their fans by acquiring shortlist star Francisco Lindor and several other notable players since Cohen bought the club from the Wilpon and Katz families for $ 2.42 billion in early November.
Last off-season, during the previous GM Brodie Van Wagenen, the Mets hired former bastard Carlos Beltrán as manager, only to sever ties with him 2 1/2 months later when he was involved in the MLB investigation into the illegal theft of characters from Houston while Beltrán was an Astros player in 2017.
Beltran was released by the Mets – without running a single game – just over a year ago, on January 16, 2020, after a 77-day term. The ESPN report was published online 37 days after Porter was introduced as the GM of the Mets, a role he called a “dream job” but which is certainly in serious danger now.
“Jared has proven himself at every level and in every position he has held, earning respect from his peers throughout baseball,” Alderson said in a statement when Porter was hired.
Prior to running Diamondbacks, Porter worked under Theo Epstein with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs, winning three World Series championships at the Boston front office and another with Cubes. ESPN said he was director of professional intelligence on the cubes when he sent the messages to the woman.
Not fully acquainted with the English language and American culture, the woman received help from an interpreter in compiling a message to Porter asking her to “stop sending offensive photos or messages.” He apologized a few times and said he would stop, ESPN reported.
ESPN said it interviewed three other people who said they had seen or been told about the texts at the time.
The woman eventually informed her bosses and was linked in 2016 to a lawyer and Cubs employee from her home country, ESPN reported. She did not want to identify the employee publicly because she feared retribution, according to ESPN.
She said the Cubs employee told her that Porter wanted to apologize in person, but did not want to see him. She said the employee had repeatedly pressured her to plan a lawsuit against Porter, and months later she was angry when she saw the employee at a spring training in 2017 and said she was still considering it, ESPN reported.
ESPN said the officer confirmed on Monday that he had discussed the situation with Porter and the woman, but denied being angry. The woman did not take legal action and told ESPN that she had no plans.
“This story caught our attention tonight and we do not know about this incident, which was ever reported to the organization,” Cubbs said in a statement to ESPN late Monday.
“If we had been notified, we would have taken swift action, as the alleged conduct is in breach of our code of conduct,” the club said. “Although these two people are no longer in the organization, we take the issue of sexual harassment seriously and plan to investigate.”
New York quickly turned from Beltran last winter to quality control coach Luis Rojas, who managed to set a record of 26 to 34 during the abbreviated pandemic season 2020. They finished a draw with Washington for the last time in the NL East and missed the playoffs for fourth. another year. Rojas will return this season.
Cohen returned Alderson, general manager of the Mets from 2010-18, as team president, and he immediately fired Van Wagennen and several of his best assistants at the front office.
The team initially tried to hire a president for baseball operations, but changed course when it failed to get permission to interview several candidates around the majors and at least one did not want to move to New York.
Instead, Alderson, 73, underwent baseball operations, and the idea was for Porter to potentially grow into that role while reporting to Alderson.
“I think what we talked about the most was just cultural change,” Porter said when he was introduced as GM last month. “Adding good people to the organization. Improving the organizational culture.”