Mets fire GM Jared Porter after ESPN report that he sent explicit messages to a reporter

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The New York Mets have fired general manager Jared Porter. He did not last two months on the job.

On Monday night, ESPN revealed that Porter had sent a female reporter explicit messages. Major League Baseball is investigating the incident.

Baseball (Photo by Pixabay) is reporting that Porter could potentially receive a suspension that will prevent him from seeking another baseball job.

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“With respect to the series of incidents involving Jared, those are the kinds of things that this organization, and many others, find abhorrent and not tolerable in any shape or form,” team president Sandy Alderson said. “We responded as quickly as we possibly could.”

Porter was working with the Chicago Cubs at the time of the incident. The Cubs reportedly were not aware of the incident before it came to light on Monday.

Besides the explicit message(s), he also sent her 60 messages and she did not reply to him.

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“This story came to our attention [Monday night], and we are not aware of this incident ever being reported to the organization,” the Cubs said in a statement. “Had we been notified, we would have taken swift action as the alleged behavior is in violation of our code of conduct. … We take issues of sexual harassment seriously and plan to investigate the matter.”

The 41-year-old Porter was hired by the Mets in December 2020. Before accepting the job, he worked with the Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Boston Red Sox.

“There was no explanation,” Team President Sandy Alderson said of his own conversation with Porter. “He was apologetic. He was remorseful. He took responsibility, et cetera. So there wasn’t really a good explanation for what happened. I wouldn’t have expected a good explanation for what happened.”

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