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New York Mets Fire GM Jared Porter After 2016 Sexting Scandal Becomes Public

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That certainly didn’t take very long.

The New York Mets went on the offensive Tuesday morning, canning general manager Jared Porter just hours after a sexting scandal in which Porter allegedly sent pictures of his junk to a female came to light.

Mets owner Steve Cohen tweeted out the news of the dismissal of Porter.

Porter wasn’t on the job very long, as he was hired by Mets team president Sandy Alderson this offseason, but now won’t even make it to opening day with the club.

The texts that are in question that Porter sent took place five years ago in 2016 when he was running the Cubs scouting department and he sent the photos to a foreign female reporter.

ESPN reported late Monday that Porter sent pictures, including one of his “erect, naked penis,” to the woman. A copy of the text history between Porter and the woman was published, making it almost a for sure that he was going to be fired.

The text messages were given to ESPN back in 2017 by the woman, who was working as a foreign correspondent for Major League Baseball.

The woman gave permission to the network publishing the theme of the texts after leaving journalism and sports media earlier this year.

The 41-year-old Porter fessed up to the mistake late Monday, and the Mets released a statement on the matter.

“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.”

Cohen didn’t wait long to make the decision that the facts were too much to overcome, and the team will now be on the lookout for a new GM in the coming weeks.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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  1. First off, the guy that sent the dick pic is a scumbag and deserves what he gets. Secondly, shame on ESPN for sitting on this until this asshole got a job that made him important enough to report on. This story is disgusting all the way around.

  2. I’m not condoning the conduct but this incident happened in 2016 and was reported to ESPN in 2017, why the hell is it just coming out now? Does someone at the network have an axe to grind with this guy and didn’t like that he got hired as the Mets GM?

    I’m sorry but if ESPN didn’t think the story was important enough to run back in 2017 when they received the report then whoever decided to run the story now is just as big of a scumbag as the dude sending unsolicited dick pics.

    • It seems to be the name of the extortion game.

      Quite often a nobody sending their shame to a lady in a pic probably won’t matter much to anybody except for a few involved. But if that guy somehow climbs the corporate/political ladder and takes a misstep with the wrong guy…well the media will as Don Henley pointed out…’kick them when they’re up and kick them when they’re down’.

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