Ex-pitcher Dwight Gooden charged with drug possession

Tanya Simon
July 13, 2019

Retired Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden was arrested in New Jersey in June for cocaine possession and driving under the influence, according to the New York Post. The Post has learned that Gooden was pulled over on the Garden State Parkway in Holmdel for driving too slow and not maintaining his lane. He was also arrested in 2010 for driving under the influence while taking his son to school. Gooden was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled risky substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and being under the influence. He is scheduled to apperar in court July 23.

The former star has always been plagued by drug issues.

Gooden was suspended for part of the 1994 season and all of 1995 after testing positive for cocaine.

The 1985 Cy Young Award victor has a rap sheet that includes an arrest in 2010 for driving while intoxicated after a auto crash, and a suspension in 1995 for failing an Major League Baseball drug test.

Gooden was arrested in his Tampa in 2002 for driving while intoxicated and for having an open alcohol container.

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He also served eight months in jail for violating his probation when he showed up high on cocaine to a meeting with his probation officer in 2006.

The arrest is the latest in the athlete's lengthy public battle with cocaine addiction, which overshadowed his storied sports career. 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. The criminal complaint filed in the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office was obtained by the New York Post.

Gooden, affectionately known as "Doc" and "Dr. K", pitched to a 3.51 ERA across 16 seasons for the Mets, Yankees, Indians and Devil Rays.

When healthy, Gooden was a huge talent, winning the 1985 National League Cy Young Award and helping lead the Mets to a World Series championship the following season.

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