New York Mets general manager Jared Porter has been fired by the organization following a texting scandal.
According to an ESPN report from late Monday night, Porter, who joined the Mets in December, sent an unnamed foreign female reporter a photo of an erect penis in 2016 while he was working with the Chicago Cubs. He also reportedly sent more than 60 other unanswered text messages. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
When asked by ESPN about the erect penis photo, Porter told the network, “the more explicit ones are not of me. Those are like, kinda like joke-stock images.”
New York Mets general manager Jared Porter sent explicit photos, including a naked picture of a penis, to a foreign female reporter in 2016 after she had ignored dozens of other messages from him for weeks.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 19, 2021
It didn’t take long at all for the Mets to act. Mets owner Steve Cohen announced early Tuesday morning that Porter had been fired.
“We have terminated Jared Porter this morning . 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,” Cohen announced.
We have terminated Jared Porter this morning . 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.
— Steven Cohen (@StevenACohen2) January 19, 2021
Whether the erect penis photo was truly a stock image or not, it doesn’t matter. Sending a photo of a naked penis to a female reporter is pretty much a guaranteed way to lose your job.
This isn’t a joke from “Blue Mountain State.” It’s the MLB, and that simply won’t fly.
A player in the Mets org told me this about Jared Porter:
“I just finished reading the (ESPN) article. Fucking disgusting, the Mets have to fire him. They can’t get this wrong. She left the profession because of this man, he cannot be employed.”
— Bradford William Davis (@_beewilly) January 19, 2021
It’s also worth noting that the unnamed woman in the ESPN story didn’t want to go public years ago because she thought it would harm her career.
She no longer works in journalism. The unnamed woman is now in finance.
Jared Porter when he was introduced as the Mets’ GM, 35 days ago: “What we’ve talked about the most is a cultural shift, for one. Adding good people to the organization, improving the organizational culture.”
Hard to see how he can be a part of that process now.
— Tim Britton (@TimBritton) January 19, 2021
The MLB needed to send a message and they did just that Tuesday morning by getting rid of Porter. Hopefully, he gets whatever help he might need.