Friday, 18 October, 2019

Tampa’s Dwight Gooden charged with cocaine possession

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Shannon Reynolds | 13 July, 2019, 13:56

Former Mets and Yankees World Series winning pitcher Dwight "Doc" Gooden was arrested for cocaine possession by police in New Jersey last month, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.

Gooden also found himself in trouble for showing up high on cocaine to a meeting with his probation officer in 2006.

Gooden was pulled over for driving too slowly on a highway, failing to maintain the lane and for having overly tinted windows, which are illegal in the Garden State, prosecutor's spokesman Christopher Swendeman said.

The picture was posted on Twitter four days after he was reportedly arrested in New Jersey.

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.

Gooden is scheduled to appear in court on July 23.

Drug addiction is a disease that is sometimes hard to fight.

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The star righty, now 54, was sent to rehab after testing positive for cocaine in 1987, months after the Mets won the World Series. He missed the entire 1995 season after being suspended for another failed drug test. Four years later, he was arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance in New Jersey with his 5-year-old son in the auto.

The 1985 Cy Young award victor has a lengthy history of drug addiction which has unfortunately overshadowed his baseball exploits.

Roots" letter came after Darryl Strawberry - Gooden's longtime teammate with the Mets and Yankees who also battled drug problems - told the Daily News that the three-time World Series victor was a "complete junkie addict' after he failed to show for a WFAN radio event.

His most successful seasons resulted in the 1984 National League Rookie of the Year Award and the 1985 National League Cy Young Award with the Mets.

He also threw a no-hitter with the New York Yankees in 1996.

The New York Mets Hall of Fame inductee posted a 194-112 record during his 16 seasons in the majors.

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