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New York Mets Fire GM for Reportedly Sending Female Journalist Sexually Explicit Texts

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A general manager for the New York Mets is fired after sending a female reporter sexually explicit texts. 

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  • Jared Porter was fired Tuesday after ESPN reported he sent unsolicited and sexually explicit texts. Porter was the general manager of the New York Mets. He sent a female reporter the texts back in 2016. The network obtained the messages in 2017, but it was never reported because of the woman’s fear of backlash.
  • Steve Cohen, the owner of the Mets, went to Twitter to discuss Porter’s termination. The caption from Cohen reads, “There should be zero tolerance for this type of behavior.” Mets President Sandy Alderson commented on the situation, “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.”
  • According to NBC News, more than sixty texts sent by Porter were ignored by the reporter. Porter also sent a lewd photo. The Mets were unaware of the texts until the report. The woman remains unidentified but told ESPN that she met Porter while she was a Major League Baseball reporter and he was the Cub’s director of scouting. She said the messages began casual, but Porter later started to compliment her looks, invite her out and ask about her unresponsiveness. 
  • After Porter sent the nude photo, the woman responded to Porter, chastizing his behavior, saying the messages were “extremely inappropriate, very offensive, and getting out of line.” Porter then apologized to the woman, and the messages stopped. Initially, Porter denied sending any images at all. He later went back on that statement but claimed the photos were not of himself but instead stock images. 
  • Prior to his time with the Mets, Porter was employed by the Chicago Cubs in 2016, the time when the texts were sent. The Cubs have stated they were unaware of the incident. 

The woman has since left the journalism career entirely but says the incident is not her sole reason for leaving. She has also returned to her home country, stating, “It’s a male-dominated industry. But it was a tipping point for me”. 

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Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings

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Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.

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  • It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning.  The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
  • Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.

  • Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.

Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”

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Classes canceled at Howard University as US Government investigates ransomware cyberattack

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Howard University officials along with leading cyber experts are trying to assess what has been compromised in an active ransomware, cyberattack on the HBCU campus. Officials have deemed the attack criminal.

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  • Monday, the university issued a statement to faculty and students that “the service disruption was caused by a ransomware cyberattack against the university.”
  • Classes have been canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Students have been notified that online and hybrid classes will remain canceled and only essential staff will be allowed on campus. All in-person undergraduate, graduate, professional, and clinical experiential courses will resume as scheduled on Wednesday.
  • A ransomware attack can be triggered by simple, everyday activity. Opening a unintended link inside of can lead to a cyberattack.  Computer, tablet and phone users are encouraged to change their passwords and security questions regularly.

Howard University is home to several notable high profile Black alumni such as Chadwick Boseman and Phylicia Rashad.

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Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge

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Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.

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According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.

It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.

Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.

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