Former Mets GM Scott acquitted of DWI

January 6th, 2022

NEW YORK -- Former Mets executive Zack Scott was acquitted Thursday on DWI charges stemming from a Sept. 1 arrest in White Plains, N.Y. Scott received a pair of $100 fines for traffic violations, but he was found not guilty of two other more severe charges, including driving while intoxicated.

“I am thankful for today’s verdict,” Scott wrote in a statement. “Nonetheless, I regret choices I made on Aug. 31, resulting in circumstances that led to my arrest.”

The Mets did not comment on the verdict.

Hired as an assistant general manager last offseason, Scott became the Mets’ acting GM when the team dismissed Jared Porter in January. Scott ran the club’s baseball operations for eight months, until the Mets placed him on administrative leave following his arrest. Two months later, the Mets dismissed Scott, who was still under contract. They later hired Billy Eppler to replace him as GM.

On the evening of his arrest, Scott had attended an event at Mets owner Steve Cohen’s home, though the event ended hours before his arrest.

“While we understand and appreciate the reasons why the police officers suspected that Mr. Scott was driving while intoxicated, and respect their decision to place him under arrest, the simple fact was that Mr. Scott was not intoxicated or impaired by alcohol that evening,” Scott’s attorney, Bruce Bendish, wrote in a statement. “Rather, the evidence showed conclusively that Mr. Scott’s ability to operate a car was in no way impaired by alcohol.”

Scott spent 17 seasons in the Red Sox's front office before coming to the Mets last winter. Since his departure, the Mets have established a new front-office hierarchy, with team president Sandy Alderson overseeing a staff fronted by Eppler and assistant GMs Bryn Alderson, Ian Levin and Ben Zauzmer.

“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 wrote. “I believe this humbling experience will make me a better husband, father, son, friend, and leader, and I look forward to what the future holds.