The New York Mets have had quite the offseason, but some recent breaking news lands their front office in some hot water. Current General Manager Jared Porter, who was a new-hire this offseason, has been accused of sending unsolicited explicit photos to a foreign female reporter in 2016 when working for the Chicago Cubs.
Porter acknowledged the matter, and Sandy Alderson released a statement on behalf of the Mets. Keep in mind; Porter was a new hire courtesy of the takeover from the Steve Cohen era that recently began after the team’s sale to Cohen.
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
The Mets have released the following statement from team president Sandy Alderson, regarding an ESPN story that GM Jared Porter sent explicit text messages to a female reporter in 2016: pic.twitter.com/WmQNer4O2i
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) January 19, 2021
A string of messages and pictures that were unwanted by this female reporter in 2016 is the source. It took so long to come out because the reporter feared her reputation in journalism would be tarnished. After departing the journalism field, she opted to tell her story to ESPN, who ultimately ran the story in its entirety.
This news is pretty shocking as it seems the Mets just learned about this for the first time based on Alderson’s statement. In an offseason where they have acquired shortstop Francisco Lindor and participated in the most recent trade, a three-team deal to acquire Joey Lucchesi from the San Diego Padres.
Porter has had a busy offseason, but things just took a negative turn for the rookie-GM.