NEW YORK -- Longtime New York Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels has been fired by the organization, it announced Friday.
Samuels is part of an NYPD gambling investigation headed by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown's office, a law enforcement source has told ESPNNewYork.com.
The Associated Press has reported that Samuels admitted to Major League Baseball officials that he bet on baseball on at least one occasion, that MLB believes most of Samuels' alleged gambling involved NFL games, and that law enforcement is investigating the possibility that Samuels borrowed money from team accounts for short periods of time without authorization and then paid the money back.
The Mets issued a statement that read: "The New York Mets announced today that they have terminated Charlie Samuels' employment with the Mets for conduct in violation of club policies. This decision is the result of a thorough internal investigation over the course of several months. The Mets will have no further comment on this matter."
Samuels had been the team's equipment manager for 27 seasons. He succeeded the late Herb Norman, the original equipment manager with the expansion team, after the 1983 season after spending four years as an assistant.