Team owner Steve Cohen said New York Mets general manager Jared Porter was fired Tuesday morning after reports surfaced in which he had sent unwanted and explicit photos to a female reporter.
Cohen announced on Twitter that the day after the reports were revealed, Porter improperly began texting a female journalist for several weeks, when she worked as the professional director of the Chicago Scubs in 2016.
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“We have finished Jared Porter this morning,” Cohen said in his statement. “In my initial press conference I talked about the importance of honesty and what I meant. There should be zero tolerance for this type of behavior.”
The victim, who asked to remain anonymous in her home country for fear of reprisal, told ESPN that she first met Porter in an elevator at Yankee Stadium on June 26, 2016 after moving to the US to cover Major League Baseball was.
Reportedly she said she was confident that there was contact information between the two, but Porter immediately began asking her to meet several times from the same day. He proceeded to send her a selfie and ask if he was in a relationship. The woman said that she did not come to the nature of the conversation due to language barrier.
Porter allegedly texted the woman the next day, asking to meet again and comment on her physical appearance. He planned to meet but never did.
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She says that Porter reached out again on July 19 and then sent her several photographs, showing a man lying on the bed with a bulge in his pants. The report states that she realized the sexual nature behind her texts and cut off all communication.
According to ESPN, Porter will send 62 unanswered text messages between July 19 and August 10 – including a photo of his gender.
The woman said she finally showed the message to a sportsman and interpreter from her country, who helped her craft send a message that said: “This is extremely unfair, very abusive and out of line. Would you please Can stop sending objectionable photos or messages. ”
Porter sent several messages apologizing, reportedly stating: “Please let me know if you ever need any work.” He texted her the next day saying sorry. The next day he sent a picture of Dodger Stadium – his last attempt, according to ESPN.
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The Cubs told ESPN in a statement Monday night that they would investigate the incident but were unaware to date, despite the woman talking about it with the Cubs employee in 2016 and again in 2017.
“This story came to our attention tonight and we are not aware of this incident,” the statement said. “If we had been informed, we would have taken prompt action because the alleged behavior is in violation of our code of conduct.”
Porter was hired by the Mets in December. He previously worked for the Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks.
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When contacted by ESPN, Porter admitted texting the woman, stating that the explicit photos were “joking-joke-like images.”
He later declined to comment after learning about ESPN’s plans to write the report.