NEW York Mets general manager Jared Porter “sent lewd images and dozens of text messages in 2016 to a foreign female reporter who has since left the country,” reports say.
Porter, 41, admitted sending more than 60 messages to a foreign correspondent who came to the US to cover Major League Baseball, it was reported on Monday.
Jared Porter reportedly sent text messages and inappropriate images to a female reporterCredit: Facebook
After these messages were ignored, Porter reportedly then sent her a photo of an erect and bare penis, according to a text history obtained by ESPN.
The unnamed woman apparently met Porter in an elevator at Yankee Stadium on June 26, 2016, when he was the Chicago Cubs professional scouting director.
They exchanged business cards and he began texting her.
Porter began calling the woman “beautiful” and asking her to meet him in different cities, and she stopped responding after he texted a picture of pants with a bulge at the groin, ESPN reported.
Mets president Sandy Alderson said in a statement to ESPN on Monday night that he had spoken directly to Porter about the matter and that the organization had no knowledge about the events in the past.
“Jared has acknowledged to me his serious error in judgment, has taken responsibility for his conduct, has expressed remorse and has previously apologized for his actions,” he stated.
Jared Porter apologized to the woman after she responded that the content was offensiveCredit: AP:Associated Press
The New York Mets president said he spoke to Jared Porter about the eventsCredit: Twitter
Alderson added that the Mets “take these matters seriously,” expect employees to act professionally and ethically, and “do not condone” Porter’s reported prior conduct.
“We will follow up as we review the facts regarding this serious issue,” Alderson concluded.
The Sun has reached out to MLB for comment.
Porter on Monday evening acknowledged to ESPN that he communicated by text with the woman and said he did not send photos of himself.
Jared Porter became the New York Mets general manager in December 2020Credit: Facebook
Jared Porter met the female reporter when he worked for the Chicago CubsCredit: Facebook
When informed that the text history showed his selfies and other images, Porter told the media outlet that “the more explicit ones are not of me,” and, “those are like, kinda like joke-stock images.”
Porter reportedly kept messaging the woman though she did not respond, and on Aug. 11, 2016, sent her 15 pictures of a Los Angeles hotel and the restaurants there, followed by the photo of the bulge in the pants again, and finally an image of a naked penis.
He apologized to her the same year after she wrote in response, with the help of an interpreter: “This is extremely inappropriate, very offensive, and getting out of line. Could you please stop sending offensive photos or msg.”
The Mets hired Porter as general manager in December 2020.
Meanwhile, the woman has left journalism and the US and returned to her home country, where she is working in finance.
She said Porter’s text messages were not the only reason she changed careers, but that it made her question a future in covering professional baseball.