The position of Mets general manager Jared Porter with the team could be on shaky ground following a report late Monday night that he sent unsolicited texts and images to a reporter in 2016, culminating with a photo of a naked, erect penis.
ESPN reported that Porter, then working for the Cubs, sent 17 photos to the woman – a foreign correspondent who had moved to the United States to cover Major League Baseball. The first 15 photos were of a hotel and restaurants. The 16 was a bulge in his pants and the 17 was a naked penis.
Porter admitted to ESPN that he texted the woman, but first said he had not sent any photos of himself. Presented with more evidence, he denied that the explicit images were of himself, calling them “joke stock images.”
Porter, 41, was hired last month from the Diamondbacks as the new Mets general manager under team president Sandy Alderson.
“I spoke directly with Jared Porter regarding the events that took place in 2016 that we were first informed about tonight,” Alderson said in a statement Monday evening. “Jared admitted to me his gross error in judgment, took responsibility for his conduct, expressed remorse and previously apologized for his actions.
“The Mets take these matters seriously, expect professional and ethical behavior from all of our employees, and certainly do not tolerate the conduct described … We will follow up as we examine the facts about this serious issue.” . “
According to the ESPN report, Porter met the woman in a Yankee Stadium elevator in June 2016 and they spoke briefly – the only time they’ve ever spoken.