MLB Legend Dwight Gooden Reportedly Arrested for Cocaine Possession

MLB Legend Dwight Gooden Reportedly Arrested for Cocaine Possession

Former New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden has been charged with drug possession in New Jersey after a traffic stop last month. Police pulled him over on June 7 for erratic driving and having tinted windows that were too dark, the New York Post reports.

Gooden, 54, was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled unsafe substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also arrested in 2010 for driving under the influence while taking his son to school.

The 1985 Cy Young award victor has a lengthy history of drug addiction which has unfortunately overshadowed his baseball exploits.

He was suspended from baseball for part of the 1994 season and all of the 1995 season after testing positive for cocaine.

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Roots" letter came after Darryl Strawberry - Gooden's longtime teammate with the Mets and Yankees who also battled drug problems - told the Daily News that the three-time World Series victor was a "complete junkie addict' after he failed to show for a WFAN radio event.

Later, after making a comeback and winning two World Series rings with the crosstown Yankees, Gooden was arrested in New Jersey for driving under the influence and crashing his vehicle while driving his five-year-old son Dylan to school. In 2006, he served seven months in prison for violating terms of his probation for a drug-related offense. It was determined that he had been driving under the influence.

When healthy, Gooden was a huge talent, winning the 1985 National League Cy Young Award and helping lead the Mets to a World Series championship the following season. "I think he's a beloved figure in our game and uniquely in this town with the Mets and here with the Yankees". He pitched a no-hitter as a member of the Yankees in 1996. Drug addiction is a disease that is sometimes hard to fight. "I think we can all relate a little bit, feel for him and certainly, my heart goes out to Dwight".