Mets general manager Jared Porter may have been standing with the team on shaky ground after a report late Monday night suggesting he sent unwanted texts and photos to a reporter in 2016, culminating in a shot of a naked erect penis.
ESPN reported Porter, who was then working with the Cubs, sent the woman – a foreign reporter who moved to the US to cover Major League Baseball – 17 photos. The first 15 photos of a hotel and restaurants. Day sixteen was bloated in his pants and seventeen was on a penis.
Porter admitted to ESPN that he had texted the woman, but initially said he had not sent any pictures of himself. With more evidence presented, he denied that the explicit photos were of him, describing them as “joke pictures.”
Porter, 41, was appointed last month by the Diamondbacks as the new General Manager of the Mets under Team Sandy Alderson.
“I spoke directly with Jared Porter about the events in 2016 that we learned about tonight for the first time,” Alderson said in a statement Monday night. “Jared has acknowledged to me his serious error in judgment, took responsibility for his behavior, expressed his remorse and previously apologized for his actions.
“Mets takes these matters seriously, expects professional and ethical behavior from all of our employees and certainly does not condone the conduct described … We will follow up as we review the facts regarding this serious matter.”
According to an ESPN report, Porter met the woman in an elevator at Yankee Stadium in June 2016 and they spoke for a while – the only time they did.