According to reporting from the New York Post, Mets acting General Manager Zack Scott is facing a drunk driving charge in White Plains. White Plains Police Captain James Spencer said that Scott was found at approximately 4:00 in the morning dozing off in his Toyota near the courthouse downtown. Scott refused to get his blood alcohol tested or submit to a breathalyzer but underwent a field sobriety test and failed, according to Spencer. Scott was charged and released and is due back in White Plains City Court on Thursday.
“We were surprised and deeply disappointed to learn this morning about an alleged DUI involving Zack Scott,” reads a statement released by the Mets. “We take this matter very seriously. Zack will not be traveling with the team for our upcoming road trip while we learn more and determine next steps.”
Sources told ESPN MLB Insider Jeff Passan that on the night of Scott’s arrest, he was attending the Amazin’ Mets Foundation fundraiser being held at the Connecticut home of Mets owner Steve Cohen, at which several Mets players were also in attendance. However, the event was over at 9:00pm—long before Scott was found dozing in his car by police—according to Joel Sherman of the Post. And sources told Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News that Scott was seen leaving Cohen’s house after the event at approximately 8:30-9:00pm.
This comes on the heels of an already tumultuous time for the organization, having been the center of media attention for the team’s poor play on the field and subsequent “thumbs down” controversy. Scott is in his position as acting General Manager in the first place because the team’s original hire for the position, Jared Porter, was fired a month after being hired due to sexual misconduct and remains on the ineligible list through at least the end of the 2022 season. Less than a month after Porter’s firing, news broke about the sexual misconduct of former Mets manager Mickey Callaway, who—like Porter and Scott—was hired by Sandy Alderson.