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The Mets may have terminated Jared Porter as GM swiftly, but MLB appears ready to get involved.
According to multiple reports, the league is reportedly launching an investigation into Porter’s situation that involved sending over 60 explicit messages and inappropriate pictures to a female reporter during his time with the Chicago Cubs back in 2016.
Porter could face suspension and would not be able to hold a job within MLB until he is reinstated.
The detailed ESPN report that broke the news leading to owner Steve Cohen announcing Porter’s termination on Twitter also discusses another Cubs employee that could also be in the investigation, per The New York Post’s Ken Davidoff.
The female reporter made her bosses aware of the unsolicited messages from Porter, and they put her in touch with a lawyer and “a Cubs employee from her home country” (the reporter was not from the United States). That Cubs employee told the reporter that Porter had wanted to apologize in person to her, but she declined. The employee was also very pushy, wanting to know if she wished to file a lawsuit against the 41-year-old Porter.
A year later, the reporter told the Cubs employee that she was still thinking about filing a lawsuit against Porter, who was now with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The employee “became angry,” the ESPN report read but he denied that ever happened. However, he did say he was aware of what Porter did.
It’s worth noting that Theo Epstein, now a consultant with MLB, was the Cubs’ head of baseball operations in 2016.
Cohen and Mets team president Sandy Alderson both made announcements regarding Porter’s actions, saying there is “zero tolerance” for it in the workplace.
“In my initial press conference I spoke about the importance of integrity and I meant it,” Cohen tweeted. “There should be zero tolerance for this type of behavior.”
Alderson added that Porter “failed to meet the Mets’ standards for professionalism and personal conduct.”
Where the Mets go from here with the position is yet to come. Alderson will address the media at 4 p.m. on Wednesday and could give some clarity there.