Former Pitcher of the New York Mets Dwight Gooden arrested for possession of cocaine on 7 June, according to reports New York Post. The Post has learned that Gooden was intercepted on the Garden State Parkway in Holmdel for driving too slowly and not keeping track. During the inspection of his vehicle, the police found "two small green plastic bags containing suspected cocaine," according to the Monmouth County District Attorney's Office.
Gooden, 54, was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of addict accessories. He was also sentenced for driving under the influence.
1985 Cy Young The laureate has a long history of addiction that has unfortunately overshadowed his baseball feats. In 1986, he missed the Mets World Championship parade because of drug use. He then missed the start of the 1987 season to undergo drug treatment at a rehabilitation center.
After violating his post-drug assistance program in 1994, Gooden was suspended for the entire 1995 baseball season.
In 2006, Gooden spent eight months in prison for violating probation when he made himself guilty of cocaine at a meeting with his probation officer. Then, in 2010, he was arrested in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, after crashing in front of his car while driving his five-year-old son to school. It was determined that he was driving under the influence.
Gooden played for the Mets from 1984 to 1994. In addition to his Cy Young Award, he was named rookie of the year in 1984 and quadruple All-Star. In 1996, he was a no-nonsense player as a member of the Yankees. In total, Gooden had a 194-112 record with a 3.51 ERA in 16 seasons in the main leagues. He retired in 2001.
We all here at MMO hope the best for the former superstar of the Mets. Drug addiction is a disease sometimes difficult to fight. We only wish him the best to find a permanent treatment.
This story will be updated as more and more information becomes available.