April 6, 2006

A TAD LATE FOR TOUGH LOVE:

Between the Seams: "Doc" Gooden chooses prison over rehab (Jose Martinez, 4/06/06, New York Daily News)

Unable to shake the drug demons that derailed his once-dazzling career, Dwight "Doc" Gooden made a startling decision Wednesday: He'd rather go to jail than face temptation on the streets.

The former Mets and Yankees pitching great admitted in a Hillsborough County courthouse that he hasn't beat cocaine after a two-decade public struggle.

Then, he picked prison instead of going back to rehab and staying on probation, where the threat of a 5-year jail sentence loomed for any slipup.

"I have a problem with cocaine, sir," Gooden said before state Circuit Judge Daniel Perry. "I had a cocaine relapse."

It marked the first significant jail time and latest fall from grace for Gooden, 41, who was the toast of New York in the 1980s as a fireballing Mets phenom.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 6, 2006 10:46 AM
Comments

It's only a matter of time before we see the rest of that '86 team frog-marched to prison. The only question is, will Gary Carter still have that white-man's jeri-curl when it's his turn?

Man, I couldn't stand Gary Carter. Right up there with Billy Smith of the Islanders in the pantheon of my most-hated 80s NY sports heroes. At least Carter didn't drink his beer with ice in it tho.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 6, 2006 10:59 AM

Mr. Judd, how do I get to your gift list? Now that you have shown me the used book zone, I would love to send you a copy of Leftism Revisited. Thanks.

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at April 6, 2006 11:59 AM

www.amazon.com/gp/registry/1JLADCW52I7YI

thanks

Posted by: oj at April 6, 2006 12:06 PM
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