Porter sent a few apologies and then stopped texting the woman, the report said.
After ESPN’s initial report on Monday night, Alderson issued a statement in which he said Porter had acknowledged the text messages to the team and had apologized.
“I have spoken directly with Jared Porter regarding events that took place in 2016 of which we were made aware tonight for the first time,” Alderson said. “Jared has acknowledged to me his serious error in judgment, has taken responsibility for his conduct, has expressed remorse and has previously apologized for his actions.”
“The Mets take these matters seriously, expect professional and ethical behavior from all of our employees and certainly do not condone the conduct described in your story,” Alderson added, referring to the ESPN report. “We will follow up as we review the facts regarding this serious issue.”
Porter, 41, spoke to ESPN on Monday and told the outlet that the explicit photographs were not of him but “kinda like joke-stock images.” He declined to comment further.
The Mets hired Porter last month to help Alderson revamp the organization and assist in choosing players for what they hope will be a championship drive. The Mets have made the playoffs just twice in the past decade, but optimism about the future has been high since Cohen, a billionaire with bold plans for the team, purchased the club at the conclusion of last season.
Before that transaction was completed, Major League Baseball conducted a mandatory vetting process, including an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment by three women at Point72 Asset Management, Cohen’s hedge fund company. Owners later voted to approve his purchase for over $2 billion. Last month, The New York Times reported details of a harassment claim filed against Cohen last summer. The complaint, filed by a former employee, did not include accusations of sexual harassment, but it offered a glimpse into Cohen’s volatile temper and what some women have said is an openly sexist and hostile culture at the hedge fund company.
Porter had most recently served as senior vice president and assistant general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was a front office member of four World Series championship teams — three with the Boston Red Sox and one with the Cubs in 2016, when he was Chicago’s director of pro scouting and a special assistant.