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Mets chief executive Jared Porter bombarded journalist with obscene texts, report says

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Mets general manager Jared Porter bombarded a foreign baseball reporter working in the United States with inappropriate text messages in 2016 while working as the Cubs’ professional scouting director, according to a Monday night report from ESPN.

Porter admitted to sending the messages, including one of an exposed penis, but told ESPN the explicit photos were “kind of like joke pictures” and not his own genitals.

Mets president Sandy Alderson said in a statement that the club would investigate the matter. Porter, 41, was hired by the team last month as they established new front office roles under owner Steve Cohen.

“I spoke directly with Jared Porter about the events that took place in 2016 that we were informed about tonight for the first time,” Alderson told ESPN. “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 in your story.

Porter met the reporter in an elevator in 2016 and exchanged business cards with her. What the reporter expected to be professional correspondence quickly became troubling – he sent her more than 60 unanswered messages at one point, according to the report.

ESPN did not use the woman’s name “because she fears negative reactions in her home country”. She said she communicated with a Cubs employee about the Porter affair at one point, but called that person often combative and unhelpful.

The Cubs said they were not aware of the allegations against Porter until this week, suggesting that the anonymous employee who spoke with the reporter did so on his own.

“If we had been informed, we would have taken swift action as the alleged behavior violates our code of conduct,” the Cubs told ESPN. “Although (Porter and the anonymous employee) are no longer with the organization, we take issues of sexual harassment seriously and plan to investigate.”



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