Report: Dwight Gooden Charged With Cocaine Possession In New Jersey
July 12, 2019 - 2:26 pm
Dwight Gooden

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Mets great Dwight "Doc" Gooden was arrested last month in New Jersey and charged with possession of cocaine, a report said Friday.

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The New York Post reported, citing a criminal complaint filed by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, that Gooden was arrested June 7 by Holmdel police, who said they found the former pitcher with two small, plastic bags containing suspected cocaine. 

Gooden, 54, was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of drugs, according to the report. He was also reportedly ticketed for local motor vehicle offenses.

The Cy Young Award winner who won World Series with the Mets in 1986 and Yankees in 1996, Gooden has battled addiction since his playing days. He admitted to missing the Mets' world championship parade in '86 because he was high, and he checked in to rehab months later after failing a drug test. He was suspended for the entire 1995 season after failing another test. And Gooden spent eight months in prison in 2006 for violating his probation by using cocaine. In 2010, he was arrested in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs after he wrecked his car with his 5-year-old son inside.

In 2016, Gooden backed out of a WFAN event at the last minute, prompting his former teammate Darryl Strawberry to say he feared for Gooden's life. Gooden insisted then he was not using, although he said he still struggled with the urges. 

Gooden pitched 16 years in the majors for the Mets, Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The right-hander went 194-112 with a 3.51 ERA over his career, was selected to four All-Star Games, won National League Rookie of the Year in 1984 and won pitching's triple crown in 1985 by leading the NL in wins (24), ERA (1.53) and strikeouts (268).