Dwight Gooden Arrested for Cocaine Possession in June

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Dave Kotinsky Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald

Retired Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden was arrested in New Jersey in June for cocaine possession and driving under the influence, according to the New York Post. Authorities say he was under the influence at time of arrest and was also ticketed for several motor vehicles offenses. Officers said they found plastic bags with suspected cocaine in them, according to the criminal complaint.

The 1985 Cy Young award victor has a lengthy history of drug addiction which has unfortunately overshadowed his baseball exploits. He has a court appearance scheduled for July 23 at 9 a.m., in Monmouth County Superior Court.

In 2016, Dwight Gooden asserted that he was sober and the cocaine use that plagued him as a player and afterward was in the past.

The picture was posted on Twitter four days after he was reportedly arrested in New Jersey. He then missed the start of the 1987 season in order to undergo treatment for substance abuse at a rehabilitation center. Major League Baseball suspended the right-hander for the entire 1995 season after another positive test.

In 2010, he was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs after crashing his vehicle. He served prison time in 2006 for violating probation and charged with a DWI in 2010.

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Gooden was arrested in his Tampa in 2002 for driving while intoxicated and for having an open alcohol container.

A year later, Gooden was given a key to the city by Mayor Bill de Blasio with Strawberry and other members of the World Champion 1986 Mets in attendance, such as Jesse Orrosco and Bobby Ojeda.

When healthy, Gooden was a huge talent, winning the 1985 National League Cy Young Award and helping lead the Mets to a World Series championship the following season.

Gooden, affectionately known as "Doc" and "Dr. K", pitched to a 3.51 ERA across 16 seasons for the Mets, Yankees, Indians and Devil Rays. He also played for the New York Yankees.

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