Recently hired New York Mets general manager Jared Porter is likely to be in some hot water, and perhaps out of a job, after sending “explicit, unsolicited texts and images” to a female reporter in 2016, according to ESPN.
One of the pictures was reportedly of an “erect, naked penis,” per the report, which published a copy of the text history between Porter and the woman.
Porter was the Chicago Cubs’ director of scouting at the time. He has admitted to sending the photo but has denied that it was his own penis.
The woman first turned over the text messages to ESPN in 2017 while working as a foreign MLB correspondent. She finally consented to the network publishing the theme of the texts after leaving journalism this year.
Per ESPN, texts between Porter and the female reporter started casually, but he “began complimenting her appearance, inviting her to meet him in various cities and asking why she was ignoring him. And the texts show she had stopped responding to Porter after he sent a photo of pants featuring a bulge in the groin area.”
Screenshots of the texts appear in the ESPN report and make it clear that Porter did indeed send multiple unanswered sexual messages.
“Jared has acknowledged to me his serious error in judgment, has taken responsibility for his conduct, has expressed remorse and has previously apologized for his actions,” Mets president Sandy Alderson said in a statement. “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 your story. We will follow up as we review the facts regarding this serious issue.”
Alderson added in the statement that he just learned of the texts on Monday night.
Porter, 41, was hired by new Mets owner Steve Cohen to replace former GM Brodie Van Wagenen in December.