BREAKING NEWS: Doc Gooden, former pitching prodigy of the New York Mets whose career was derailed by injury and substance abuse, is still, apparently, abusing said substances.
OK, so, not really breaking in terms of yeah, we know he has drug problems. More like, wow, really? Again?
The latest faux pas is Gooden being busted Tuesday for driving under the influence of drugs and leaving the scene of an accident in New Jersey — with a child in the car.
No word yet on what the drug was or whose child Gooden had in the car. He was released pending a court hearing.
The sad part is Gooden just can’t seem to figure it out. He won a Cy Young and was part of championship teams with the Yankees, but for the most part drug problems have sullied his reputation and washed over the fact that he was one of the most dominant pitchers in the 1980s, when his head was right.
Seriously, he won Rookie of the Year in 1984 and 24-4 with a 1.53 ERA in 1985.
But as his career went on he struggled with drug and alcohol issues. Without getting into every infraction, one of the most serious was when he spent a large portion of 2006 in prison on a cocaine rap.
So, really, it’s not a surprise he’s in trouble for a drug-related issue again. It’s just sad.
It’s even worse that he put a child, whether it was his (he has a 5-year old son) or somebody else’s, in that situation. No child should be mixed up in that.
One of these times you’d think Gooden would figure it out. Or somebody close to him could set him on the right path. For now it seems that guidance has eluded him.