It’s been quite the week for the New York Mets. The team made a lot of headlines for players’ thumbs-down gestures towards booing fans, for president Sandy Alderson’s “totally unacceptable” comments in response to that, and for the players in question apologizing and then playing starring roles in a team win. Now, it’s a member of the front office who’s in the headlines, with Mike Puma, Craig McCarthy and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon of The New York Post reporting Wednesday that Mets’ acting GM Zack Scott was arrested on driving while intoxicated charges at 4:17 a.m. Wednesday morning after being found sleeping in his car.
Acting General Manager Zack Scott is facing driving while intoxicated charges after he was busted dozing in his car in White Plains, The Post has learned.
Scott, 44, was nabbed at 4:17 a.m. Tuesday when cops caught him snoozing in a 2018 Toyota on South Lexington Avenue near the federal courthouse, White Plains Police Capt. James Spencer said Wednesday.
The embattled GM refused to give blood or submit to a breathalyzer but underwent a field sobriety test and failed, Spencer said.
He was charged and released and is due back in White Plains City Court on Thursday.
As per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, this came after Scott was at a fundraiser for the team foundation at the home of team owner Steve Cohen:
On the night of New York Mets GM Zack Scott was arrested for allegedly driving drunk, he was at the Connecticut home of team owner Steve Cohen, sources tell ESPN. A fundraiser for the team's Amazin' Mets Foundation was being held at the house, and Scott and players were there.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 1, 2021
Why does the team have only an acting general manager? Well, they fired their last full GM (Brodie Van Wagenen) last November following a myriad of public embarrassments, but also as part of a housecleaning under new owner Cohen. They then hired Jared Porter as their full-time GM in January, but then quickly parted ways with him after reporting emerged of his past sexual harassment while he was a Cubs’ executive. Scott (who became the Mets’ assistant GM in December) was then named acting GM later in January, serving under president Sandy Alderson. But he may not have that role for much longer in the wake of this.
[The New York Post; photo from MLB.com]