In the latest MLB breaking news, new NY Mets GM Jared Porter has found himself in some extremely hot water. As reported earlier by several sources, Porter sent unsolicited, unwanted, and sexually explicit photos to a foreign female reporter, who’d allegedly been denying his advances for an extended period of time.
Porter had just been named as the Mets new GM before this information arose.
MLB Breaking News: How Will the Mets React?
According to several sources reporting the MLB breaking news, the Mets will launch an internal investigation, most likely meaning Porter will be released this week (he has already admitted his guilt).
In an article written by Mina Kimes and Jeff Passan (ESPN), Passan and Kimes state, “New York Mets general manager Jared Porter sent explicit, unsolicited texts and images to a female reporter in 2016, culminating with a picture of an erect, naked penis, according to a copy of the text history obtained by ESPN."
The article further states, “Porter sent the woman 17 pictures. The first 15 photos were of the hotel and its restaurants. The 16th was the same as an earlier photo of the bulge in the pants. The 17th was of a bare penis." Seriously, what is wrong with people?
MLB has taken several steps to avoid sexual harassment in the workplace, including sensitivity training. With the no holds barred approach that new Mets owner Steven A. Cohen is taking, it"s unlikely that he"ll tolerate Porter"s actions, despite the incident happening prior to Porter being hired by the Mets franchise.
Prior to joining the Mets, Porter served as an executive with the Chicago Cubs (Director of Scouting), Arizona Diamondbacks, and Boston Red Sox. The timing of the explicit text and photos correlates to his time in the Cubs organization. Why (or how) this got past Theo Epstein and/or Tom Ricketts is anybody"s guess.
It seems that over the course of the last few years, multiple baseball execs have lost jobs for rather ugly reasons. Just two years ago MLB saw Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, former Astros manager AJ Hinch, and Carlos Beltran all fired for being involved in the Houston Astros cheating scandal. Beltran was supposed to have managed the Mets prior to his suspension, but never even set foot in the clubhouse before being ousted. Then there was Astros GM Jeff Luhnow who was fired for his role in the scandal.
Although allegations of sexual harassment are (unfortunately) somewhat commonplace, MLB has a zero-tolerance policy and will enforce this to the fullest, especially after an admission of guilt by Porter. During this time of MLB"s offseason, you"d expect MLB Breaking news to focus on trades or free-agent signings, not sexually explicit pictures and allegations of sexual harassment.
The Mets need to act quickly and decisively on this matter, as Cohen is working diligently to put a better product on the field. Cohen has a vision for where he wants to take the Mets organization, and you can be quite certain that it doesn"t include a GM who has engaged in something so vile.
The team has been working exceptionally hard to assemble quite the roster of players, but apparently, Cohen is now going to have to find himself a free agent GM. Theo Epstein may have made a good addition to the team, but Epstein recently took a job as a consultant to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.
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