The New York Mets were aware of sexual harassment allegations against former major league hitting coordinator Ryan Ellis since the summer of 2018, but he wasn't fired until last month in the wake of the dismissal of general manager Jared Porter.
Brittany Ghiroli and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Wednesday that three women told Aubrey Wechsler, the Mets' employee relations manager in 2018 who's since been promoted to director of employee engagement, about frequent sexually suggestive comments and other inappropriate communication from Ellis.
The team released a statement to The Athletic saying it underwent an organizational review following the departure of Porter, who was also fired after allegations of sexual harassment, and determined to also terminate Ellis:
"On January 19 of this year, following the termination of Jared Porter, we received new information regarding conduct of the disciplined employee in the 2017-2018 timeframe. We immediately commenced a new investigation and terminated the employee on January 22 for violating company policy and failure to meet the Mets' standards for professionalism and personal conduct."
A former Mets employee told The Athletic that Ellis was married at the time of the allegations and came off as a "model family man."
One of the women, who said she had a brief sexual relationship with Ellis in 2017 but ended it, said she told Wechsler in 2018 that Ellis continued to send her lewd messages and photos after their relationship concluded. She said she was informed two weeks after informing Wechsler of the issues that the club's investigation was complete and no action was taken.
She heard from the Mets again last month, but the team said it wasn't interested in the harassment allegations but instead asked about her and Ellis' relationship.
"They were asking about the relationship part. They weren't really interested in the harassment. It was about [how] they caught him in a lie," she told The Athletic.
Another woman said Ellis delivered a warning after he made lewd comments, which continued despite the woman telling him she "didn't think of him that way," after a night with her and a friend at a bar.
"Don't use my words against me," he told her, according to The Athletic.
Ellis, a former minor league infielder, spent the 2020 season as the Mets' major league hitting performance coordinator after previously working as the franchise's minor league hitting coordinator.