The New York Mets announced on Thursday afternoon that acting general manager Zack Scott has been placed on administrative leave “until further notice” after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated early Tuesday morning.
Team president Sandy Alderson will assume Scott’s duties during his absence.
The decision comes hours after Scott appeared at White Plains City Court on Thursday and pled not guilty to four charges, including driving while intoxicated, per multiple reports.
At approximately 4:17 a.m. ET Tuesday morning, Scott was found sleeping behind the wheel of his 2018 Toyota at South Lexington and Fisher Avenues in White Plains.
The 44-year-old refused to take a blood and breathalyzer test but took a field sobriety test, which he failed. He was reportedly heading home from Mets owner Steve Cohen’s house in Connecticut where he was hosting a Mets charity event on Monday night.
“He failed a field sobriety [test],” White Plains police captain James Spencer said. “Booked and released. The only thing noteworthy about this arrest is who he was.”
Along with the DWI, Scott was charged with failure to obey a traffic device, a standing violation, and a moving violation of failing to notify the DMV of an address change. His next scheduled court appearance is on Oct. 7.
The Mets offered a statement that was weak compared to the admonishing of Javier Baez and Francisco Lindor after the motive behind their thumbs-down celebration was revealed as a protest toward fans on Sunday.
“We were surprised and deeply disappointed to learn this morning about an alleged DUI involving Zack Scott,” the Mets’ statement read. “Zack will not be traveling with the team for our upcoming road trip while we learn more and determine the next steps.”
Scott assumed the position of acting GM in January after the Mets fired Jared Porter when it was discovered that he sent lewd and inappropriate text messages to a female reporter while working with the Chicago Cubs in 2016.