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Mets fire GM Jared Porter for sending explicit, unsolicited text message images to female reporter

The Mets on Tuesday fired general manager Jared Porter, less than a day after an ESPN report revealed he sent explicit text messages to a female reporter in 2016.

“In my initial press conference, I spoke about the importance of integrity, and I meant it,” team owner Steve Cohen wrote on Twitter. “There should be zero tolerance for this type of behavior.”

The Mets have not announced immediate plans for a replacement.

Team officials spent Monday evening internally reviewing the incident regarding Porter, who sent inappropriate text messages to a foreign female reporter, according to an ESPN story. Per the story, Porter met and began texting with a foreign female reporter in 2016, including more than 60 messages that did not receive responses. In response to an ESPN reporter’s inquiry, Porter acknowledged texting the woman, but he denied that he sent explicit photos of himself.

“Jared’s actions, as reflected by events disclosed last night, failed to meet the Mets’ standards for professionalism and personal conduct,” team president Sandy Alderson said in a statement.