Acting New York Mets general manager Zack Scott has been arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated after police say he fell asleep at the wheel in the suburb of White Plains early Tuesday morning.
The arrest occurred at 4:17am on Tuesday near a federal courthouse, according to a White Plains police spokesman. Scott, 44, was allegedly found sleeping inside a 2018 Toyota.
The team confirmed his arrest in a statement on Wednesday, saying that Scott will not be traveling with the team on its upcoming road trip.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan has reported that Scott was at the Connecticut home of team owner Steve Cohen earlier that night attending a fund raiser with some of the club’s players. However, a source told the New York Post’s Joel Sherman that the event ended around 9 pm on Monday night.
Acting New York Mets general manager Zack Scott has been arrested for driving while intoxicated after allegedly falling asleep at the wheel in the suburb of White Plains
The team confirmed his arrest in a statement on Wednesday, saying that Scott will not be traveling with the team on its upcoming road trip
Scott was allegedly found asleep in a 2018 Toyota at the intersection of Fisher and South Lexington Avenues in White Plains, New York at 4am on Tuesday morning
ESPN’s Jeff Passan has reported that Scott was at the Connecticut home of team owner Steve Cohen (pictured) earlier that night attending a fund raiser with some of the club’s players. However, a source told the New York Post’s Joel Sherman that the event ended around 9 pm on Monday night – seven hours before Scott was arrested in White Plains on Tuesday morning
‘We were surprised and deeply disappointed to learn this morning about an alleged DUI involving Zack Scott,’ read the statement, which was posted on Twitter. ‘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.’
The New York Post was the first to report the arrest. A White Plains police spokesperson has since confirmed details of the arrest to DailyMail.com. Scott is due in court on Thursday.
Scott was named acting general manager in January after the team fired newly hired Jared Porter following accusations of sexual harassment. A Major League Baseball investigation was launched after ESPN reported that Porter sent dozens of unanswered texts to the woman, including a picture of ‘an erect, naked penis,’ in 2016 when he worked for the Chicago Cubs.
Porter has since been suspended through at least the 2022 season.
Scott was named acting general manager in January after the team fired newly hired Jared Porter (pictured) following accusations of sexual harassment. A MLB investigation was launched after ESPN reported that Porter sent dozens of unanswered texts to the woman, including a picture of ‘an erect, naked penis,’ in 2016 when he worked for the Chicago Cubs
Porter’s brief tenure with the Mets has hardly been the only off-field story for the team, which was criticized recently after infielders Francisco Lindor and Javier Báez were seen giving fans the thumbs-down sign after being booed during the team’s August slump.
After entering the month with a 3 1/2-game lead in the National League’s Eastern Division, the Mets went 9-19 in August to fall 5 1/2 games back of the first-place Atlanta Braves.
Former Mets manager Mickey Callaway (pictured) sent uninvited messages to the women via email, text or social media and asked one to send nude photos in return, according to the report. He often commented on their appearance in a way that made them uncomfortable and on one occasion ‘thrust his crotch near the face of a reporter’ while she interviewed him, The Athletic said
In May, former Mets manager Mickey Callaway was suspended through the end of the 2022 season and fired from his latest job as pitching coach of the Los Angeles Angels following another sexual harassment allegations. Callaway allegedly behaved inappropriately with female reporters during his time in New York, according to the Athletic.
The team also quietly fired hitting coach Ryan Ellis in January three years after three female colleagues reported him for sexual harassment. In February the Mets said new information about the accusations led to Ellis’s firing, but the team did not elaborate on what was discovered.
According to The Athletic’s report on the claims against Callaway, team employees were skeptical that human resources and diversity Holly Lindvall took their accusations of sexual harassment seriously. Lindvall allegedly prioritized her relationship with the Wilpon Family, the Mets former majority owners who sold the club to current owner Steve Cohen for $2.4 billion in 2020.
Following the firing of Porter, team president Sandy Alderson described the reports of his behavior as a ‘wake-up call.’
‘With respect to the vetting process, we’ll be more intentional about communicating with women who may have had some contact, not necessarily fellow employees, but other third parties that might have come in contact,’ Alderson told reporters in February.
‘We’re probably taking our background checks and so forth to a somewhat higher level to the extent that we can.’
New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) and second baseman Javier Baez (23) celebrate after defeating the Washington Nationals by flashing thumbs-down gestures