Dwight Gooden arrested in New Jersey

The former Mets ace is facing DUI charges following his second arrest in two months

Jon Simon
July 23, 2019 - 5:38 pm

Former MLB pitcher and New York Mets star Dwight Gooden was arrested for driving under the influence on Monday night in Newark, New Jersey. It’s the second arrest in two months for the three-time World Series champion; Gooden was arrested for cocaine possession and driving under the influence on June 7. 

Gooden was found at 11:10 p.m. driving the wrong direction on a one-way street and was reported to be noticeably intoxicated when police found him at the scene. His car was towed after the arrest and Gooden was taken to University Hospital in Newark.

The 1985 National League Cy Young winner has battled addictions with alcohol and drugs since his playing days. Despite failed drug tests and rehab, Gooden has still had a number of run-ins with the law.

After multiple drug arrests, Gooden spent seven months in prison for violating his probation in 2006. In 2010, he was arrested for driving under the influence while taking his then five-year-old son to school.

“It’s sad to see the continued problem of this former Mets’ star but it’s an example of the persistent scourge of drugs and alcohol in this country and the stranglehold they have on addicts,” Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose said.

Gooden spoke with reporters on Tuesday afternoon and stated he's "very shameful" about the incident. The four-time all star also said he'd be going back to rehab. 

"I'll be checking in tonight, whatever it takes," Gooden said. "This time, I mean, at my age, I've been doing this for 30 something years. I never thought I'd see myself at 54 going back to treatment."

Many former teammates, including Darryl Strawberry, who also faced issues with drugs during his career, have reached out to Gooden to offer their support and influnce him to get help.

"The support, that's what makes it even tougher. When you get all this support and still relapse," Gooden said. 

Gooden’s battles with addiction and arrests have certainly altered his image and place in baseball history. While he’s not enshrined in Cooperstown, “Doc” put together a solid career with the Mets, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, finishing with a 194-112 record, an ERA of 3.51 and 2,293 strikeouts.

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