MLB places former Mets GM Jared Porter on ineligible list after investigation into lewd texts

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Major League Baseball has officially placed former New York Mets general manager Jared Porter on its ineligible list after an investigation into reports that he sent a former female reporter unsolicited text messages and explicit images.

"Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Porter violated MLB’s policies, and that placement on the Ineligible List is warranted," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "We are committed to providing an appropriate work environment consistent with our values for all those involved in our game.”

Porter is banned from working in baseball in any capacity until at least the end of the 2022 season.

This screen grab from a Zoom call shows New York Mets general manager Jared Porter in December.
This screen grab from a Zoom call shows New York Mets general manager Jared Porter in December.

The allegations first surfaced from an ESPN report of several incidents while Porter was working in the Chicago Cubs' front office in 2016.

The report said Porter at one point sent 62 unanswered messages — including seven photos — to a foreign female reporter who has since left the industry.

Porter later admitted sending the messages, calling them a "serious error in judgment."

The Mets hired Porter as the team's general manager last December, then fired him a month later after the allegations became public.

"In my initial press conference, I spoke about the importance of integrity and I meant it," Mets owner Steve Cohen said in his tweet announcing Porter's firing. "There should be zero tolerance for this type of behavior."

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Jared Porter, former Mets GM, placed on MLB's ineligible list