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Mets fire GM Jared Porter over explicit text messages to reporter

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FORT MYERS, FLORIDA – MARCH 09: A detail of Keon Broxton #23 of the New York Mets batting gloves against the Boston Red Sox during the Grapefruit League spring training game at JetBlue Park at Fenway South on March 09, 2019 in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The New York Mets fired general manager Jared Porter on Tuesday for explicit text messages he sent to a female reporter in 2016, owner Steve Cohen announced.

“We have terminated Jared Porter this morning,” Cohen tweeted. “There should be zero tolerance for this type of behavior.”

The move came roughly 12 hours after an ESPN report Monday night detailing Porter’s graphic texts to a reporter while he was working with the Chicago Cubs. Porter, 41, was hired last month by Mets president Sandy Alderson.

“The New York Mets have terminated General Manager Jared Porter, effective immediately,” Alderson said in a statement. “Jared’s actions, as reflected by events disclosed last night, failed to meet the Mets’ standards for professionalism and personal conduct.”

According to the report, Porter, at the time serving as the Chicago Cubs’ director of professional scouting, sent the reporter more than 60 texts, some of which included compliments and offers to meet her in person in different cities. Another text included a photo of pants with a bulging groin area.

The woman, who is not from the United States, ignored his texts after that, per the report, but he later sent the same photo as well as one with an erect, naked penis.

Porter acknowledged sending the texts in an interview with ESPN, adding, “The more explicit ones are not of me. Those are like, kinda like joke-stock images.”

Per ESPN, he apologized to the woman by text in 2016 after she stated that the earlier texts were “extremely inappropriate, very offensive, and getting out of line.”

The woman, who is no longer a journalist, told ESPN that she previously kept quiet about the matter due to fears of a backlash in her native country. She added that she does not plan to pursue legal action against Porter.

She said to ESPN via an interpreter, “My number one motivation is I want to prevent this from happening to someone else. Obviously he’s in a much greater position of power. I want to prevent that from happening again. The other thing is I never really got the notion that he was truly sorry.”

Porter was the Diamondbacks’ senior vice president and assistant general manager just prior to getting the Mets’ GM job, having spent four years in the Arizona front office. In addition to working for the Cubs, he also had a stint as the Boston Red Sox’s director of professional scouting.

–Field Level Media

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