Jared Porter wasn’t the one worker the Mets fired in January over allegations of sexual harassment. The group revealed a second dismissal on Wednesday after particulars of the case have been printed by The Athletic. In line with that report, Ryan Ellis, an organizational hitting coordinator, made express and threatening overtures to not less than three feminine group workers, who initially instructed the membership’s human sources division about his habits in 2018.
The Mets mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday that the case had been investigated on the time and Ellis was positioned on probation and despatched for counseling, however was allowed to proceed in his work with the group. However after Porter, the previous common supervisor, was fired on Jan. 19 for sending lewd texts and images to a feminine reporter, “new info” relating to Ellis got here to gentle and he was fired just a few days later.
“We instantly commenced a brand new investigation and terminated the worker on January 22 for violating firm coverage and failure to fulfill the Mets’ requirements for professionalism and private conduct,” the assertion mentioned. “We consider the complaints have been investigated correctly by our H.R. personnel and in accordance with our reporting procedures at the moment.”
It’s the third sexual harassment case involving Mets workers to return to gentle this 12 months. After Porter was fired, it was revealed that Mickey Callaway, the previous supervisor of the Mets, was accused of harassing female reporters throughout his tenure with a number of groups, together with the Mets. Callaway was fired by the Mets after the 2019 season and is presently suspended from his position because the pitching coach of the Los Angeles Angels, pending a full investigation.
Luis Rojas, the supervisor of the Mets, labored with Ellis for years within the Mets’ minor league system. He mentioned on Wednesday that he had no data of Ellis’s habits and famous that within the time for the reason that incidents have been first reported, the group was bought by Steven Cohen, who promised to root out such unacceptable habits after Porter was fired.
“We set new expectations and there’s additionally new avenues to report circumstances like this,” Rojas mentioned on a video convention name with reporters. “It’s been disappointing. I’m sorry to see it from afar. Once you see experiences of this information, it’s upsetting.”
In line with The Athletic, Ellis instructed one of many workers that he wished “to place her up in opposition to a wall,” and made different disturbing and inappropriate feedback. Ellis couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
The Mets mentioned that after Ellis was investigated earlier than there have been no additional complaints in opposition to him, presumably till the “new info” surfaced following Porter’s dismissal.
“In July 2018, a criticism relating to inappropriate conduct by a Mets worker was delivered to the eye of Mets administration at the moment,” the group assertion mentioned. “The group initiated an investigation and, consequently, the worker was disciplined, put right into a probationary standing, and ordered into counseling. We had not obtained earlier or subsequent complaints about this worker.”
Ellis had labored for the Mets since 2006, principally coping with minor league gamers. He was promoted to assist the most important league teaching employees final 12 months when hitting teacher Chili Davis opted out of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rojas mentioned Ellis’s short-term promotion final 12 months was a results of his data of the gamers on the group on the time and since he was the “subsequent man up.” However he mentioned the group can’t tolerate inappropriate habits.
“These misconducts, they’re simply unacceptable,” Rojas mentioned of the allegations in opposition to Ellis. “We should always have a secure atmosphere to work; a secure office, and everybody ought to really feel secure round right here.”