Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Ex-Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden charged with drug possession

Ex-Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden charged with drug possession

In 2014, a sober Gooden told the New York Post that "I never thought I would make it to 50".

Former major league pitcher Dwight Gooden was arrested last month on suspicion of possession of cocaine, according to a complaint from the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office that was obtained by multiple outlets.

The June arrest is far from his first run-in with the law over cocaine possession.

Gooden was arrested in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, after crashing his auto while under the influence of drugs in 2010. He missed the entire 1995 season after being suspended for another failed drug test. He is scheduled to apperar in court July 23.

Gooden has a long history with drug addiction. 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.

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

Last month, Gooden posted a picture of himself at a rehab facility in his native Tampa, along with the caption: 'I had a great time speaking at Villa Veritas.

He was arrested again the following year for driving on a suspended license.

Janice Roots, his former girlfriend of four years, revealed in a 2016 open letter published by the New York Daily News that Gooden's son had begged her to help his father quit drugs on several occasions.

In 1985, the former Rookie of the Year won the legendary Cy Young Award for being the best pitcher in the league, but two years later, tested positive for cocaine during spring training. He led the pitching staff of the 1986 World Series champion Mets.

Gooden played for the Mets from 1984-1994. That was also in New Jersey and he later joined "Celebrity Rehab with Dr". 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.

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