The former Met’s pitcher is at it again. It’s a sad turn of events, earlier in his life Cy Young awards were collected by the prolific pitcher Dwight Gooden, & DUI’s are what he collects these days. What’s worse is that this time, reports indicate he got into an accident and had a child on board! Continue reading below for the full story, as well as pictures and video.
Dr. K, as he was called for his phenomenal strike out numbers, struggled with cocaine use throughout his career, first testing positive in 1987. He entered rehab and avoided suspension that time, but the therapy wouldn’t help. He tested positive multiple times in his career, and with rising alleged frequency.
Retiring from Major League Baseball in 2001, The Doc allegedly didn’t quit the drug habit. He was arrested in 2002 for driving while intoxicated, with an open container of alcohol in his vehicle, and on a suspended license. Not a good start. In 2005, after being pulled over for erratic driving, he drove away from the traffic stop! But he did turn himself in 3 days later. There’s definitely a Dwight Gooden & DUI pattern going on here.
On probation from his previous conviction, he showed up at his probation officer’s office intoxicated with cocaine in 2006. He smartly chose jail time instead of further probation, most likely to escape his addiction. In an interview while in jail he said:
“I can’t come back here. I’d rather get shot than come back here. If I don’t get the message this time, I never will.”
Now, sadly, it’s apparent he did not get the message. According to reports, Tuesday morning The Doc got into a wreck and was allegedly charged with Driving Under the Influence, leaving the scene of the accident, and child endangerment, along with multiple moving violations.
You hate to see it end up this way. As a 45 year old man, all I can hope is that the sentence for this most recent violation will help him kick the habit once and for all!
What do you think of the news about Dwight Gooden & DUI arrest? Do you think he will ever get clean? Speak your opinion in the comments section!
Also, don’t miss the pictures and video below!