Poor Doc Gooden Just Can’t Kick the Habit

March 24, 2010 – 3:11 pm by TheRiot

dwight-goodensiBREAKING 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.

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  1. 4 Responses to “Poor Doc Gooden Just Can’t Kick the Habit”

  2. Very sad.Another cleb who doesn’t think that recovery principles apply to them.Let’s hope he doesn’t wait until he kills himself, or worst someone else before he figures this out. What a waste!

    By bigdaddy on Mar 25, 2010

  3. hey riotman…this mutt was a met, not a yankee, when buckner did his matador wave to kill my redsox in ’86 that got him a series ring that he probably sold for crack…sad to see he’s into kidnapping now, after he trained up his nephew sheffield on the mischief powder & injections…BUT, he’s survived cancer for a long time, so his medication selections are apparently working…let’s all just get along & root for the sf GIANTS!!!

    By uncle phil on Mar 25, 2010

  4. He was also a helluva hitter, too, to go along with his pitching prowess. I HATED seeing the Cubs play the Mets when he was on the mound because I knew he’d dominate them AND probably knock in his own game winning rbi.

    By MJenks on Mar 25, 2010

  5. Hopefully he just kills himself and the rest of the world won’t have to hear about his sorry dumb ass ever again

    By Odetobe on Mar 25, 2010

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