Jack Scott, the Mets’ acting general manager, slept at the wheel of a car early Tuesday in White Plains, N.Y., and was arrested for drunk driving, police said.
Captain James Spencer of the White Plains Police Department said an officer saw Scott sleeping at the wheel of a 2018 Toyota Highlander at the intersection of Fisher and South Lexington Avenues. Spencer said Scott, 44, refused to take the breath analyzer test, but failed the field sobriety test.
Spencer said Scott was arrested and booked at 4:17 a.m. and released a short time later.
the Mets said a statement on Wednesday afternoon that they were “surprised and deeply disappointed to learn of an alleged DUI involving Jack Scott this morning,” and that they take the matter “very seriously.”
Scott will not be with the team during an upcoming trip to Washington and Miami, the Mets said, “until we learn more and determine next steps.”
Scott did not immediately return messages seeking comment. The arrest was first reported by the New York Post.
On the night of his arrest, Scott was at the Greenwich, Conn., home of Mets owner Steven Cohen, hosting a fund-raiser for the team’s charity, during which players and team officials were in attendance. The incident, according to a team official, took place by 9 p.m. When, according to officials, Scott was found sleeping at the wheel somewhere else several hours later.
Scott was Promoted to his position as acting general manager of the Mets just because the team fired its full-time general manager, Jared Porter, in January following Porter’s revelation of indecent assault on a female reporter while living with the Chicago Cubs four-and-a-half years earlier. Porter’s firing comes just a month after he was hired away from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Following an investigation by Major League Baseball, Porter was placed on the league’s ineligible list in June until at least the end of the 2022 season.
Scott was runner-up to Porter for the Mets general manager position in December. Still, the Mets hired Scott, who had spent the past 17 years with the Boston Red Sox, including stints as their senior vice president and assistant general manager.
Scott’s arrest was the latest high-profile episode for the Mets, an organization that has been grappling with constant problems on and off the field. after firing Hitting Instructor Ryan Ellis And after complaints of Porter sexual harassment, the Mets hired a law firm to investigate the team’s culture. in June, Cohen announces new guidelines To address a workplace that some said promoted sexist and bullying behavior.
On the field, the Mets have struggled, falling from first place in the National League East to third in less than a month, and are now fighting to even reach the playoffs. At 65-67, they were five and a half games away from the second NL wild-card spot they entered Wednesday.
During a game on Sunday, three Mets players became Thums-down gestures towards fans, a retaliation, some of them said, for being repeatedly provoked by the hometown crowd for bad game. Following a candid statement by Mets president Sandy Alderson rebuking players and supporters, Infielders Francisco Lindor and Javier Baez apologize Before Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Miami Marlins.
Kevin Draper And David Waldstein Contributed reporting.