Dwight Gooden dominated the National League in the late-1980’s with his powerful fastball and looping curveball but his difficulties with drugs and alcohol undermined a great career.
Gooden became the third New York Mets pitcher to win the Cy Young award in 1985 when he led the league in wins, earned run average and strikeouts.
In 1987, coming off a World Series title with the Mets, rumors of drug abuse were confirmed when Gooden tested positive for cocaine. Gooden was forced to enter a rehabilitation center prior to the 1987 season to avoid suspension and despite missing a third of the regular season, Gooden still finished with 15 wins.
Gooden continued to struggle with drug abuse as he failed two drug tests for cocaine in 1994 and was suspended for the entire 1995 season.
The day following receiving the suspension, Gooden’s wife found him in his bedroom with a loaded gun to his head.
Gooden’s run-ins with the law also continued. As recently as 2010 he was arrested for DWI with a child passenger as well as leaving the scene of an accident in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.