Ex-pitcher Dwight Gooden charged with drug possession
Ex-pitcher Dwight Gooden charged with drug possession
Dwight Gooden arrested for cocaine possession in New Jersey
13 July, 2019, 13:56
The former New York Mets and New York Yankees pitcher has been charged with cocaine possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of drugs. After being pulled over for driving too slowly, Gooden was found with 'two small green zip-lock style plastic baggies containing suspected cocaine'.
Gooden, 54, was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled unsafe substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is due back in court on July 23.
Holmdel Township, N.J., police arrested Gooden early in the morning of June 7.
Drug addiction is a disease that is sometimes hard to fight. 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 vehicle.
He was sent to rehab in 1987 after testing positive for cocaine in the months following the Mets' 1986 World Series win over the Boston Red Sox.
After violating his drug aftercare program in 1994, Gooden was suspended for the entire 1995 baseball season.
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The 1985 Cy Young award victor has a lengthy history of drug addiction which has unfortunately overshadowed his baseball exploits.
The former ace was charged with driving while intoxicated in 2002, arrested for driving with a suspended license in 2003 and charged with misdemeanor battery in 2005.
Gooden, 54, has a lengthy arrest sheet and has battled substance abuse since his playing days.
In 2016, Dwight Gooden asserted that he was sober and the cocaine use that plagued him as a player and afterward was in the past. He finished his 16-year career, which included stops with the Yankees, Indians, Astros and Devil Rays, with a 194-112 record with a 3.51 ERA.
The 1985 Cy Young Award victor has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction over the years.
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