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Yawn, Doc Gooden wanted by authorities

KC
Aug 23 2005 04:51 PM
Edited 1 time(s), most recently on Aug 23 2005 04:53 PM

I looked quickly, I don't think it's posted yet. Gooden got pulled over Tues (I'm
assuming early this morning) slurring his speech, red and glassy eyed, and
stinkin' of alcohol. He produced his license but refused getting out of the car
and then left the officer standing there with his id and probably a really dumb
look on his face speeding away in his BMW. Doc Gooden in doo doo again.
On edit, police said they didn't pursue him because they felt it would result
in an unsafe chase.

Willets Point
Aug 23 2005 04:52 PM

Soon the ID card will be auctioned on eBay.

Fark.com appropriately tagged Gooden as .

ScarletKnight41
Aug 23 2005 04:57 PM

It doesn't even register anymore. How many times has he been arrested?

Nymr83
Aug 23 2005 05:03 PM

i'm willing to give a second chance but not a third, fourth, fifth... please put this guy in JAIL already, his continuously getting off easy is a bad example for everyone reading about it in the sports section.

cooby
Aug 23 2005 05:05 PM

metirish had posted it in the Rico Brogna thread, here's the whole story:

Gooden in trouble again
Former Mets, Yanks pitcher wanted after leaving scene of traffic stop for drunk driving

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

August 23, 2005, 12:56 PM EDT


TAMPA, Fla. -- Former baseball star Dwight Gooden was being sought by police Tuesday on a felony warrant after he allegedly drove away from an officer who stopped him on suspicion of drunken driving.

Gooden, 41, left the scene of the traffic stop early Monday after refusing to get out his 2004 BMW to take a field sobriety test, police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said.

The officer stopped Gooden's car because he was weaving in traffic near downtown Tampa, McElroy said. Gooden, a Tampa native and resident, has a history of drug abuse and is awaiting trial on a domestic violence charge.

"The officer pulls over the car and immediately notices that the driver is under the influence," she said. "He has bloodshot, glassy eyes, his speech his slurred and he has a strong odor of alcohol."

Gooden handed the officer his driver's license but refused two requests to get out of the car, McElroy said. He then drove off with the officer still holding his license.

Police chose not pursue for safety reasons, McElroy said, but went to his two known addresses to look for him. They also contacted his most recent employer, the New York Yankees, and his mother, she said.

Yankees spokesman Howard Grosswirth said Tuesday that Gooden hasn't worked for the team as a special adviser since April and officials don't know his whereabouts.

Gooden, who was out of jail on bail after a March domestic violence arrest, is wanted on felony charges of DUI and fleeing police, and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest without violence.

"At this point he is in a lot of trouble, and the only way he can help himself is to come forward and take responsibility for his actions," McElroy said.

Gooden, the 1984 Rookie of the Year and the 1985 NL Cy Young Award winner while with the New York Mets, went 194-112 with a 3.51 ERA before retiring in 2001. He also pitched for the Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Gooden was arrested by Tampa police in 2002 on a drunken driving charge, but later pleaded guilty to reckless driving and received a year probation. He was arrested in March and charged with hitting his live-in girlfriend in the face during an argument. He was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery, and the case is pending.

A call to Peter Hobson, the attorney representing Gooden in the domestic violence case, was not immediately returned Tuesday.

During his playing days, Gooden was suspended for 60 days in 1994 for testing positive for cocaine while with the Mets. He tested positive for cocaine again while on suspension and was sidelined for the 1995 season.

Earlier this month his son, Dwight Gooden Jr., 19, was jailed for violating his probation for cocaine possession. Police said they found marijuana and bullets in the younger Gooden's vehicle parked outside a nightclub.

Gooden's disappearance is reminiscent of the 2001 disappearance of his friend and former teammate Darryl Strawberry, who was missing for four days after he walked away from a drug treatment center where he was under house arrest.

ScarletKnight41
Aug 23 2005 05:08 PM

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Earlier this month his son, Dwight Gooden Jr., 19, was jailed for violating his probation for cocaine possession. Police said they found marijuana and bullets in the younger Gooden's vehicle parked outside a nightclub.


How proud he must be.

Bret Sabermetric
Aug 23 2005 05:36 PM

Valadius
Aug 23 2005 07:28 PM

Sigh... Doc and Straw... such talent wasted...

And even after all of the trouble they've gotten themselves into, they'd still probably quote Rick James and say:

"Cocaine's a hell of a drug. Hyuh, hyuh, hyuh."

Simply depressing and sickening.

metirish
Aug 23 2005 08:47 PM

As an update, just heard on the FAN that the police are still looking for Gooden, most likely he's holed up with some junkies in a crack house.



"now where could this Gooden fella be "

Valadius
Aug 24 2005 08:53 PM

He's still missing. Likely took the opportunity to snort as much coke as he can until he gets caught.

KC
Aug 24 2005 09:00 PM

I wouldn't be surprised if he turned up dead.

I'd be sad, but not surprised.

ScarletKnight41
Aug 24 2005 09:04 PM

I was thinking the same thing Bro.

Not wishing. Just bracing myself for the possible news.

mlbaseballtalk
Aug 25 2005 01:43 AM

Either that, or Gooden is definatly in more trouble than just a simple resisting arrest on a DUI. Must have had some serious bad things in that car he clearly did not want the police to know about

KC
Aug 25 2005 05:35 PM

They just reported that he turned himself in an hour or so ago in Tampa.

ScarletKnight41
Aug 25 2005 05:44 PM

That's a good thing.

Now we're going to hear the rest of the details. I'm sure I don't want to know.

Valadius
Aug 25 2005 05:48 PM

At least he's not dead. For the time being, at least.

ScarletKnight41
Aug 25 2005 06:26 PM

[url=http://www.nydailynews.com/front/breaking_news/story/340443p-290683c.html]Here's the story.[/url]

G-Fafif
Aug 25 2005 09:44 PM

It was twenty years ago today that Doctor K became the youngest 20-game winner in the history of baseball. He was 20 and 20-3, on a 14-game winning streak.

Who knew the winning streak would ever end?

Zvon
Aug 26 2005 01:02 AM

G-Fafif wrote:
It was twenty years ago today that Doctor K became the youngest 20-game winner in the history of baseball. He was 20 and 20-3, on a 14-game winning streak.

Who knew the winning streak would ever end?


yea....
I remember collecting all his rookie BB cards and thinkin how lucky we were to have this sure hallofamer on our team.

Just goes to show you how hard it is to excel at this game and stay there.
Especially as a pitcher.
You can have the talant, but it takes more than just that.

It takes so much more than just that.

Frayed Knot
Aug 26 2005 10:26 AM

AP: Gooden to be jailed [u:83038dd471]without bail[/u:83038dd471] until an [u:83038dd471]October[/u:83038dd471] hearing.

silverdsl
Aug 26 2005 11:00 AM

All these chances that Gooden has gotten, he'll just keep on getting more and will never learn. This story has no good ending. I hope Gooden will prove me wrong but once he goes finishes sorting out his legal troubles this time I'm sure a new round is just around the corner for him. Sad, sad, sad and even sadder that his son is following in his footsteps.

Johnny Dickshot
Aug 29 2005 08:08 AM

Great story here:

[url]http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2005/08/oh-doctor.html[/url]

PiazzaFan411
Aug 29 2005 08:10 AM
Edited 1 time(s), most recently on Aug 29 2005 08:28 AM

(This message was edited by PiazzaFan411 on 8/29/05 08:27:48)

Elster88
Aug 29 2005 08:19 AM

Uh, he is locked up. For over a month, actually. I'm not sure where or how you see special treatment.

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This post was made under the posting designation 171) Mo Vaughn

PiazzaFan411
Aug 29 2005 08:27 AM

Okay,

1. If he is locked up, GOOD Then I will edit my last post.

2. I see special treatment because he always gets off the hook.

Elster88
Aug 29 2005 08:31 AM

PiazzaFan411 wrote:
Okay,

1. If he is locked up, GOOD Then I will edit my last post.


You don't have to edit anything.

PiazzaFan411 wrote:
2. I see special treatment because he always gets off the hook.


What incidents are you referring to here?

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This post was made under the posting designation 171) Mo Vaughn

PiazzaFan411
Aug 29 2005 08:59 AM

well. uh. Just forget about it.

ScarletKnight41
Aug 29 2005 09:17 AM

Wide - thanks for that story.

It's interesting to see that I'm not the only person who associates Gooden's 1994 suspension with the opening of the Nickelodeon theme park at Shea. D-Dad was able to finagle us four invitations to that opening - our oldest was four at the time, and that scored us MAJOR good parents points from her. So we're there, checking out the place, watching some of the Mets players sneak in and slide down into the ball pit, taking some photos with players, etc. - one of the coolest things we had done as a family to date. And then, at some point while we were at the party, we heard the news about Gooden. A total paradox - the biggest mood killer ever.

While I'm cursing him out, add spoiling that night to my list of reasons.

ScarletKnight41
Aug 29 2005 10:57 AM

I wonder whether the Mets Walkoffs guy was my tour guide when this was taken -


metswalkoffs
Aug 29 2005 12:31 PM

Nice photo...sorry, I gave 100+ tours, so I don't remember ya...did you enjoy the "Old-Timers Locker Room?" which was mocked up in bizarre fashion to try to resemble an MLB locker room (it was actually the old Jets locker room)...The dugout was definitely the best part of the tour...looks like your family enjoyed that.

That was the best job I've ever had, but Opening Night for the theme park brings back some sad memories...

ScarletKnight41
Aug 29 2005 01:14 PM

It was a fun place. But for the strike, I think that it might have been successful.

I just went back and looked over my photo album. That photo was taken July 4, 1994. I remember the locker room being a disappointment, but we loved our time on hallowed ground - in the dugout and on the warning track itself. That was unbelievably cool for us.

BTW, my daughter was supposed to have her birthday party at a game that year, but the game was cancelled on account of strike. So we had the party at the Extreme Baseball park instead. She was VERY into Nickelodeon at the time, and it might well have been her best birthday ever.

Johnny Dickshot
Aug 29 2005 01:27 PM

The Adventures of Pete & Pete was unbelieveably cool show with special guest appearances that had to soar over the heads of even the hippest members of its target audience.

The best episode is where Little Pete hosts the "scabtalk" radio program and goes searching his favorite song. He finally performs it with a band consisting of his teacher (played by Syd Straw) and the meter-reader (Marshall Crenshaw).

In other episodes, Michael Stipe played an ice cream man and Juliana Hatfield a lunch lady.

ScarletKnight41
Aug 29 2005 01:30 PM

Nickelodeon had a lot that sailed over little tykes' heads. Ren and Stimpy was NOT a show for kiddies!

Johnny Dickshot
Aug 29 2005 02:14 PM

Willets Point
Aug 29 2005 02:35 PM

Pete & Pete was great. I'm from an earlier generation of Nickolodeon watchers however.

Johnny Dickshot
Aug 29 2005 02:57 PM

I've spent the last 30 minutes trying to find free "Polaris" downloads -- that was the band that played the Pete & Pete Theme Song.

I've just learned it was called "Hey Sandy" and that L'il Pete's song was called "Summerbaby" -- available on a soundtrack CD at Amazon but not on i-Tunes.

Hey smilin' strange
You're lookin' happily deranged
Could you settle to shoot me?
Or have you picked your target yet?

Hey Sandy
(ai-ai-ai-ai!)
Don't you talk back*,
(ai-ai-ai-ai!)
Hey Sandy

Four feet away
End of speech, it's the end of the day
We was only funnin'
But guiltily I thought you had it comin'

Hey Sandy
(ai-ai-ai-ai!)
Don't you talk back,
(ai-ai-ai-ai!)
Hey Sandy

*-I always thought: Does your dog bite?

Willets Point
Aug 29 2005 03:15 PM

Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau: Does your dog bite?
Hotel Clerk: No.
Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau bowing down to pet the dog: Nice doggie.
[Dog barks and bites Clouseau in the hand.]
Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau: I thought you said your dog did not bite!
Hotel Clerk: That is not my dog.