When Dwight Gooden first burst on the scene in 1984, he was the Prince of New York. The Mets were just starting the comeback that would win them the World Series in 1986 and, along with Darryl Strawberry, Dr. K was the main reason they got there. Then, he fell into drugs and his career was never the same again.
It would seem that things haven’t gotten much better:
Former New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden was driving under the influence of drugs with a child in the car when he was arrested Tuesday after a car crash, police said Wednesday.
Gooden was arrested after the two-vehicle crash about 8:50 a.m. ET Tuesday, police in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, said in a statement. Gooden, 45, lives in Franklin Lakes, authorities said.
Gooden faces charges including endangering the welfare of a child, driving under the influence of drugs, DWI with a child passenger, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and reckless driving, the statement said. He was released on his own recognizance.
“I’m not out to prove everybody wrong,” he told the Daily News [in a November 2009 interview]. “I’m taking it day by day. I’m clean and sober and just trying to make good choices for me and my family.”
In 1985 he was a 20year old that had the world.