FREEHOLD, N.J. - Anyone who knows baseball over the years knows Dwight Gooden. Gooden pitched the Mets to the World Series Championships in 1986. He played for the Yankees and Cleveland Indians as well.
On June 7 2019, he was driving in Holmdel and caught the attention of a player on a different team. It was a police officer on The Holmdel Township Police Department. Ultimately, he was charged with posession of drug paraphernalia in the form of "two small green zip lock style plastic baggies containing suspected cocaine."
He was also charged with being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance for the purpose other than the treatment of an illness. It is a disorderly persons offense.
Now, according to the Associated Press, he has now been sentenced to probation. Gooden had a virtual appearance before a judge on Thursday, November 12th.
Former New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden has been sentenced to a year of probation in connection with a drug arrest in New Jersey in 2019.
Gooden appeared before a judge in a virtual proceeding on Thursday. He had pleaded guilty in August 2019 to one count of cocaine possession stemming from a traffic stop in June 2019.
Gooden’s car was stopped by police in Holmdel, about 20 miles from New York, for "failure to maintain a lane and driving too slow." According to AP.
“I understand that my recovery has to come first,’’ the 55-year-old Gooden told the judge Thursday. “This has saved my life.’’