According to multiple reports, former New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden has been arrested again, this time on charges of driving under the influence in New Jersey.
Media reports state Gooden was stopped for driving the wrong way down a one-way street. The arrest comes just weeks after Gooden was pulled over and arrested for possession of cocaine and driving under the influence.
Gooden’s crash course with drugs and alcohol started in 1987 when he tested positive for cocaine. In 1995, he was suspended for the entire season after failing a drug test. Gooden’s troubles continued after his playing career as well. In 2006, he was spent eight months in prison after showing up to a probation hearing high on cocaine. Four years later, in 2010, Gooden was in involved in an accident while under the influence of drugs; he was driving his 5-year-old son to school at the time.
Despite his recent failures, Mets fans have encouraged Gooden through social media.
Dwight Gooden texted me back. Apologized to people he let down. Said he doesn’t trust himself and this is the worst he’s been. But he vows to keep fighting. https://t.co/wFjs4sA85V
— Jim Baumbach (@jimbaumbach) July 23, 2019
It’s so sad seeing Dwight Gooden spiral…addiction doesn’t care how famous you are or how much money you have.
— Stan (@StanFinger) July 23, 2019
Doc desperately needs help. So sad.
— Peter Rokeach (@prokeach) July 23, 2019
Good luck to Dwight Gooden getting it together. He was amazing in his prime
— Bill Simmons (@dclivejazz) July 23, 2019
praying for you #dwightgooden
— Kimberley Kaufmann (@KimberKaufmann) July 23, 2019
Doc, please get help https://t.co/Re1IWmJGrm
— The Padrino (@MrG_Graziano) July 23, 2019
Seriously the story of Dwight Gooden is one of the saddest in sports history
— Nick Riccardi (@NickRiccardi) July 23, 2019
Gooden spoke to reporters Tuesday evening and said:
“Basically, I’m going away tonight to try to get some help to save my life. I’m very embarrassed. Very shameful. I feel bad for anybody I disappointed or let down It’s a struggle — a hard struggle — but you have to just jump back in. I’ll be checking in tonight, whatever it takes. This time, I mean, at my age, I’ve been doing this for 30 something years. I never thought I’d see myself at 54 going back to treatment.”