After ESPN reported late last night that Mets GM Jared Porter had been accused of sexual harassment and had acknowledged sending explicit images and to a female reporter in 2016, the Mets have terminated him per a tweet from Steve Cohen this morning.
We have terminated Jared Porter this morning . In my initial press conference I spoke about the importance of integrity and I meant it.There should be zero tolerance for this type of behavior.— Steven Cohen (@StevenACohen2) January 19, 2021
His firing comes merely hours after the ESPN story was released detailing the months of harassment that Porter engaged in, including sending 62 unanswered text messages over the course of several weeks to the anonymous former reporter, with the final messages including unsolicited explicit images.
Shortly after Cohen sent his tweet, Mets Team President Sandy Alderson also released a statement regarding Porter’s firing
“The Mets have terminated General Manager Jared Porter, effective immediately. Jared’s actions, as reflected by events disclosed last night, failed to meet the Mets’ standards for professionalism and personal conduct.”
Porter was hired on December 13th to take over as GM under Alderson and Cohen. His tenure lasted just 37 days, and notable transactions under him include the trade for Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco, and yesterday’s trade for Joey Lucchesi. The Mets have not yet announced a replacement.