New York Daily News: MANHATTAN, NY – Mets general manager Jared Porter was fired early Tuesday morning after an ESPN report detailed he sent unsolicited texts and photos, including a picture of an erect penis he claimed was a “stock image,” to a woman reporter in 2016. Porter was hired as Mets GM in December.
New Mets owner Steve Cohen announced Porter’s termination via Twitter.
“We have terminated Jared Porter this morning,” Cohen said in a tweet on Tuesday morning, nearly nine hours after the ESPN report surfaced. “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.”
Porter reportedly sent 62 unanswered texts to the foreign correspondent who came to the United States to cover Major League Baseball. He was a Cubs employee at the time and admitted to sending a photo of an erect penis, but claimed it was not his.
The woman hid from Porter at ballparks, developed a serious sleeping problem and battled anxiety following her interactions with him. She turned over the messages to ESPN in 2017 and gave her consent to publish them this week, after moving back to her home country and leaving journalism.
The Mets have not yet announced a replacement for Porter. Assistant GM Zack Scott is expected to assume the GM position.