According to a report from the New York Post, the pitcher for the Mets, Dwight Gooden, was busted by the authorities in NJ last month for cocaine possession as well as driving while intoxicated. The Post learned that the former pitcher, known by the moniker, “Doc,” was arrested on the 7th of June by Holmdel police.
The police pulled him over around 1:00 am and discovered he was holding two green zip-lock style bags with cocaine in them. The criminal complaint filed in the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office was obtained by the New York Post.
Christopher Swendeman, the spokesperson for the prosecutor, claims that Gooden was stopped for driving his car illegally below the speed limit and also not driving the car within the lane.
In the documents obtained by The Post today, Gooden was charged with possession of an illegal narcotic in the third-degree, among another charge for carrying drug paraphernalia. Moreover, he was given a ticket for driving under the influence.
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Allegedly, this arrest comes on the heels of a long battle with cocaine addiction, which has affected his baseball career for a long time. Gooden is now 54-years-old, and he was first sent to a rehabilitation facility in 1987 for cocaine possession. It wasn’t long after the Mets won the World Series.
Furthermore, in 1995, he was suspended for the entire year for failing another drug test. And in 2010, he was arrested again for driving while under the influence of drugs. He was taking his 5-year-old son, Dylan, to his school.
Gooden also found himself in trouble for showing up high on cocaine to a meeting with his probation officer in 2006. Three years ago in 2016, he said to the New York Post that he had been sober since going to rehab four years prior to that.
Across sixteen seasons with the MLB, Gooden scored a 3.51 ERA as well as a 194-112 record. He finally hung up his glove in 2001, eighteen years ago this year. Dwight isn’t the only MLB star to battle with drugs, as Darryl Strawberry claims to have struggled with cocaine as well.