Former New York Mets acting general manager Zack Scott was acquitted of drunken-driving charges Thursday in White Plains (N.Y.) City Court.
The charges stemmed from his arrest in the early morning on Aug. 31 after police said they found him asleep at the wheel of his vehicle at a traffic light. Scott had just attended a fundraiser at team owner Steve Cohen’s house. He failed a field sobriety test and refused a breathalyzer, according to police.
“Today, after hearing and seeing all the evidence against our client, a judge in the White Plains City Court acquitted Zack Scott of all criminal charges against him,” Scott attorney Bruce Bendish said in a statement. “We are grateful for the judge’s diligent attention and consideration of the evidence, and believe he arrived at the only conclusion possible.”
Scott was placed on administrative leave by the Mets two days after his arrest. Mets president Sandy Alderson initially said the club would wait until the conclusion of Scott’s trial to determine his fate with the organization. However, the team fired Scott in early November.
“I am thankful for today’s verdict. Nonetheless, I regret choices I made on August 31, resulting in circumstances that led to my arrest,” Scott said in a statement. “Professionally, I’m grateful to Sandy Alderson for the opportunity to lead baseball operations for the Mets and wish my former teammates nothing but the best going forward.”
Scott was hired by the Mets as assistant GM in December 2020 and was promoted to the top position when then-GM Jared Porter was fired in January 2021 after a sexual misconduct scandal.
–Field Level Media