PHOENIX - New Mets superscout Bill Singer started a racially charged barroom scene at the GM meetings at the Arizona Biltmore, placing his job in jeopardy and prompting a Mets apology, several publications reported.
Singer made racially insensitive remarks to Dodgers assistant GM Kim Ng at a hotel bar at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, prompting Yankees GM Brian Cashman - Ng's former boss in the Bronx - to intercede, the New York Daily News reported.
Word of the incident spread rapidly among GMs at the week-long meetings, which broke up on Friday.
"I am embarrassed by what I said when I met with Ng on Tuesday evening," Singer, 59, said in a statement released Friday by the Mets. "My comments were truly inappropriate, and I'm truly sorry. I have apologized to her and hope she will forgive me."
The Daily News recounted this scene:
Singer approached Ng and belligerently asked: "What are you doing here?"
"I'm working," Ng replied.
"What are you doing here?" Singer repeated.
"I'm the assistant general manager of the Dodgers."
"Where are you from?" Singer asked.
"I'm from Indiana," Ng said, referring to her birthplace. She was raised in Ridgewood, N.J.
"No, where are you from?" Singer asked.
"My family is originally from China," Ng said.
Singer then allegedly started speaking gibberish, making fun of Chinese - which led Cashman to act.
"His conduct was inexcusable and extremely disappointing," said Dodgers GM Dan Evans, Ng's friend and mentor.
Cashman declined to comment.
Singer reportedly told Mets GM Jim Duquette he had been on a low-carbohydrate diet, which caused him to suffer a chemical imbalance in conjunction with drinking alcohol.
Ng, who just completed her second year as Dodgers vice president and assistant GM, was one of three women to hold such a position in baseball operations this season. She spent four years with the Yankees as an assistant GM.
"We learned of the matter recently and have addressed it with Bill Singer directly," Duquette said. " ... His comments were entirely unacceptable and inconsistent with the values and standards of our organization. We have extended our apologies to Kim Ng and to the Dodgers organization."
As for Singer's job status, Duquette said: "Bill continues to be employed by us at the moment. However, this entire matter continues to be under review by the organization. We are reserving judgment on this."
Ng acknowledged the incident, but wouldn't elaborate. "There was a situation," she said. "I've talked to Jim Duquette about it. That's all I'm going to comment about it."
BREWERS: During the past five or six years, commissioner Bud Selig has committed about $13.2-million of his own money to the team, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Bob DuPuy, baseball's president and chief operating officer, said Selig had no involvement with the operations of the ballclub and was careful to avoid contact with the team.