At 51 years old, Former Cy Young winner Dwight Gooden is speculated to be back using drugs.
The former Mets star showed indications that he was back to the habit when he missed a scheduled WFAN appearance alongside former teammate Darryl Strawberry. There were similar indications as well during ESPN’s recent 30 for 30 sports documentary.
His former teammate called Gooden a “complete junkie-addict” while talking with John Harper of the New York Daily News.
“He’s a complete junkie-addict,” Strawberry said. “I’ve been trying behind the scenes to talk to him and get him to go for help, but he won’t listen. He thinks he can manipulate and BS his way through everything. His son called me to beg me to help his dad before he dies. The condition Doc is in, it’s bad, it’s horrible. It’s like cocaine poison. I feel like I’ve got to get it out there because nobody else is doing anything to help him, and it might be the only way to stop him.”
Harper also came in contact with Janice Roots, a woman who lived with Gooden for four years. She described Gooden as someone who has “morphed into a cocaine monster” since January 2014. She also related to Harper that Gooden’s mother passed away in July and says not many people showed up to the funeral causing her to worry that Gooden doesn’t have a good support system.
On Monday, Gooden was on the Joe Piscopo radio show and responded to Strawberry’s comments.
“The Darryl thing hurt me a lot because I had just thought we re-established our relationship,” he said. “I forgave him for a lot of stuff. I never threw him under the bus, never said anything about him publicly. For him to say that stuff, you have to draw a line somewhere and I guess do a better choice of picking friends.”
Gooden said he is “fine and healthy” and that he is currently taking recovery measures saying, “I am an addict, that don’t mean I’m an active addict.”
Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden are both part of the 1986 world series Mets team who had their share of drug and alcohol-related issues. They both battled with addiction throughout their lives and Gooden even spent some time in prison as a result. Strawberry had publicly battled his issues and now runs a rehab center in Florida.
While he finally remained sober, Strawberry stated that his former teammate desperately needs help. It isn’t just Strawberry whose going public with his friend’s problems. A number of Gooden’s friends are also expressing their sentiments because they care about him and want him to get better.
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