Mets general manager Jared Porter was fired on Tuesday, just a month after being hired by the club. The swift decision came after the publication of a ESPN Report It was claimed on Monday night that Porter sent more than 60 unsolicited text messages, including one gender, to a female baseball reporter in 2016.
“We have finished Jared Porter this morning,” Steven CohenThe team owner tweeted. “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. “
Team President Sandy Alderson also released a statement on the shootout.
“The New York Mets have terminated general manager Jared Porter with immediate effect,” Alderson said. “Jared’s actions, as the events of last night reveal, failed to meet the Mets’ standards for professionalism and personal conduct.”
Prior to the announcement of Porter’s firing, both the Mets and the Chicago Cubs – Porter’s employers said at the time of the reported message – said they would investigate the issue.
Reportedly, Porter and the woman met only once, when he was the director of professional scouting for the Cubs. The woman, who was not named in the report, told ESPN that she believed she was starting a standard reporter-source relationship with Porter, but Porter’s tone quickly became unprofessional. His attempts to ignore the messages did not discourage Porter, and many of the messages contained images that were sexual in nature.
Messages received by ESPN in 2017, but not reported at the time as the woman feared retaliation from Porter, only after the woman stayed, who is not from the United States and does not speak fluent English, showed them an interpreter and According to ESPN, his country’s player. He helped her write Porter’s response: “This is highly inappropriate, very insulting and is running out of line. Can you please stop sending offensive photos or messages? “
After a few messages of apology, Porter stopped texting the woman.
Following ESPN’s initial report on Monday night, Alderson released a statement in which he stated that Porter had accepted text messages to the team and apologized.
“I have spoken directly to Jared Porter about the events in 2016 that we were first exposed to,” Alderson said. “Jared has acknowledged to me his grave error in judgment, has taken responsibility for his conduct, has expressed remorse and has previously apologized for his actions.”
Alderson cited the ESPN report as saying, “The Mets take these matters seriously, expect professional and ethical behavior from all our employees and certainly do not condemn the conduct described in your story.” “We will review the facts related to this serious issue.”
A Mets spokesman did not answer additional questions about whether Porter would like to comment. He spoke briefly to ESPN on Monday night, telling the outlet that the explicit photos were not his, but “were a little bit like a joke.” He declined to comment further.
Cohen’s swift decision to terminate Porter came a month after The New York Times reported Details of harassment claim It was filed against Cohen last summer. A complaint filed by a former employee of his Point 72 asset management hedge fund company gave a glimpse of Cohen’s volatile nature and some women spoke of an openly sexist and hostile culture in the company.
Porter was hired by the Mets Just last monthWith the team rebuilding the playoffs just twice in the past decade, but Cohen has a new big-spending boss. Porter was hired away from the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he was the assistant general manager. He had previous signings with the Cubs and the Boston Red Sox.