New York Mets general manager Jared Porter sent unsolicited graphic photos to a female reporter in 2016 while working for the Chicago Cubs.
A report released by ESPN says Porter sent the woman dozens of uninvited explicit messages, culminating in a photo of an erect, naked penis. However, while admitting to sending numerous texts to the unanswered woman, he said the most explicit were “joke pictures”.
The woman has not been identified, but she reportedly worked as a foreign correspondent at the time, after moving to the United States to cover Major League Baseball. However, she has since left the country and cited Porter’s harassment as one of the reasons she left the journalism industry.
The woman ignored 60 messages from Porter before the last offensive photo was sent to her.
Porter, 41, was hired by the Mets last week on a four-year contract after his stint with the Arizona Diamondbacks as senior vice president and assistant general manager.
“I spoke directly with Jared Porter regarding the events that took place in 2016 of which we were first informed this evening. Jared admitted to me his serious error in judgment, took responsibility for his conduct, has expressed remorse, and has already apologized for his actions, “Mets president Sandy Alderson said in a statement.
“The Mets take these matters seriously, expect professional and ethical behavior from all of our employees, and certainly do not tolerate the conduct described in [the ESPN] story. We will follow up as we examine the facts about this serious issue. “
ESPN reports that when contacted about the messages, Porter said he did not send any photos of him. Although he acknowledged that the selfies he sent were of him, he said the photograph of an erect penis was not of him and that he used a stock image.
He said that “the most explicit are not mine. They are pictures, kind of like jokes.”
The texting had started off casually before Porter started commenting on the woman’s appearance and inviting her to meet him in various cities and hotels. He asked why she was ignoring him and sent her a photo of a bulge in his pants.
The day the last obscene photo was sent, he had already sent her nearly 20 photos of a Los Angeles hotel.
The ESPN report details the individual posts, showing how the woman thought the exchange was friendly and work-related at first before fulfilling Porter’s intention and the texts became sexually motivated.
A series of unsolicited unanswered messages continued for weeks.
“My number one motivation is that I want to prevent this from happening to someone else,” the woman told ESPN of the experience. “Obviously he’s in a much greater position of power. I want to prevent that from happening again. The other thing is, I never really got the idea that he was really sorry.”
“I know in the United States there is a movement to empower women. [my home country], it is still far behind, “the woman added.” Women are dragged through the mud if your name is associated with any type of sex scandal. Women are the ones who get fingered. I don’t want to start the process of victimization all over again. I don’t want others to blame me. “