Back in the day, it was a short trip from Kew Gardens to Shea Stadium in order to see the New York Mets play. One of the best and brightest reasons to make the jaunt in the 1980s was Dwight “Doc” Gooden. Along with slugger Darryl Strawberry, Gooden led a Mets resurgence that culminated in their seven-game World Series triumph over the Boston Red Sox in 1986.
As Mets fans know, Gooden’s career was eventually derailed by substance abuse problems revolving around cocaine and alcohol. The former pitcher recently made the news again, generating headlines after being arrested on charges of third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence while driving.
The Mets great was pulled over by a New Jersey police officer in Holmdel Township and eventually charged with possession of cocaine. According to news reports, he was initially pulled over for driving too slowly on a highway and for failing to keep his vehicle in his lane.
According to the police report, the 54-year-old was found to be in possession of “two small green zip-lock style plastic baggies containing suspected cocaine.”
Gooden played for the Mets from 1984 to 1994, winning Rookie of the Year, the Cy Young award and making four All-Star teams along the way. He also played later for the New York Yankees, though he was unable to recapture the brilliance he displayed on the mound in those early years with the Mets.
According to news reports, he faces up to five years in prison if convicted on the charges.
Those who similarly face drug charges should decline to speak to a prosecutor or investigator until they have spoken with an experienced criminal defense attorney.