Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
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Dwight Gooden arrested for cocaine possession in New Jersey

Dwight Gooden arrested for cocaine possession in New Jersey

According to a report from the New York Post, the pitcher for the Mets, Dwight Gooden, was busted by the authorities in NJ last month for cocaine possession as well as driving while intoxicated. After being pulled over for driving too slowly, Gooden was found with 'two small green zip-lock style plastic baggies containing suspected cocaine'.

Gooden was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled risky substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence at the time, and driving under the influence.

Gooden is scheduled to appear in court on July 23.

According to the New York Post, Gooden was arrested on June 7 by the Holmdel Police Department.

After violating his drug aftercare program in 1994, Gooden was suspended for the entire 1995 baseball season.

Gooden, 54, was also reportedly arrested for driving under the influence.

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 auto while driving his five-year-old son Dylan to school.

In 2006, Gooden spent eight months in prison after showing up under the influence of a controlled substance at a meeting with his probation officer.

The arrest is the latest in the athlete's lengthy public battle with cocaine addiction, which overshadowed his storied sports career. Gooden told the Post in 2016 that he had been sober since entering rehab in 2012.

The New York Mets Hall of Fame inductee posted a 194-112 record during his 16 seasons in the majors.

Along with his Cy Young award, he was Rookie-of-the-Year in 1984 and four-time All-Star.

If the New York Mets ship away Noah Syndergaard, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen should demand a haul in return.

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