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Losing his new job as New York Mets general manager may just be the start of trouble for Jared Porter, who was fired Tuesday morning after the revelation that he is accused of sexually harassing a female reporter in 2016 and sending an unsolicited lewd photo.
Now, Major League Baseball is launching an investigation into Porter, which could lead to a suspension and, potentially, the end of his career in baseball.
As Anthony DiComo of MLB.com says, a suspension for Porter could mean he’d have to be reinstated by the league to get another job in MLB.
Major League Baseball is launching an investigation into fired Mets general manager Jared Porter, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Based on the results, Porter could face suspension, which would prevent him from holding another MLB job without reinstatement.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) January 19, 2021
Porter, 41, had been hired by the Mets a little more than a month ago. He was part of a new ownership group in the middle of an exciting offseason that had already brought Francisco Lindor to town.
The tenor of the Mets’ offseason changed drastically Monday night when ESPN published a story documenting Porter’s sexual harassment of a foreign reporter via text message. At one point, he sent 60 unanswered text messages to the reporter before sending her a picture of a penis.
Porter was with the Cubs when this happened, and was with the Diamondbacks between that job and getting hired by the Mets. New Mets owner Steve Cohen said in a tweet announcing that Porter had been fired that there should be zero tolerance for this type of behavior.
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
Porter’s fate in MLB could hinge on the league’s investigation. But he might already be too toxic to return. The closest comparison is Brandon Taubman, the ex-Astros assistant general manager, who was fired by the Astros and suspended by MLB for a clubhouse tirade directed at female reporters.
Technically, Taubman’s suspension ended after the 2020 season, but he now works as the chief information officer of a real estate company in Houston, according to his LinkedIn profile.
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