Report: Dwight Gooden Abandoned Family

Jan. 20, 2010 - New York, New York, United States - Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry press conference.Citi Field, NY 01-20-2010. 2010.DWIGHT GOODEN and DARRYL STRAWBERRY.I15089KBA. © Red Carpet Pictures

This is the perfect storyline ahead of next weekend’s induction into the Mets Hall of Fame for Dwight Gooden. Doc’s wife tells the NY Post that she hasn’t seen him since June 22 and he’s left her and their two young children without financial support.

It sounds like Doc and his wife have been in family court recently, so they may be going through a divorce. His wife, Monique, may be talking to the media in an attempt to embarrass Doc before the Mets Hall of Fame ceremony. Who knows?

His wife’s side of the story paints a pretty ugly picture of substance abuse and abandonment of a young family by Doc:

“He’s left us with no money,” his slighted spouse said. “When I got here to Maryland, I had to go apply for social services, food stamps and health insurance for the kids. He has offered no financial assistance to us.”

We all know that Doc has had his up’s and down’s in life. It seems like whenever he starts getting to a point that the Mets organization can really bring him in something like this comes up. His arrest in March for driving under the influence with his 5 year-old son in the car didn’t help either.

I hope Doc can get his life back on track. But I feel like I’ve been saying that for years now though.

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About Dave Doyle

Although I don’t have a degree in journalism, I love writing about the New York Mets. I’m the typical writer without access. My only accessibility to the Mets is sitting in the stands (often the upper tank) and watching on TV like most fans. I’m not a member of the media, just a fan expressing opinions.

2 thoughts on “Report: Dwight Gooden Abandoned Family

  1. John Wenk

    What a shame. The book The Bad Guys Won! by Jeff Pearlman gives an account of Doc's early battles with drugs and how they affected him and caused him to inevitably lose his edge on the mound. The whole team suspected it but kept it quiet for the most part. Doc was keeping a lot to himself and hid his addiction. He seemed to have gotten caught up in all the fame and became vulnerable to the drug because of it. He kept up the typical facade of a happy go lucky kid but when he wasn't in the limelight, he was making self-destructive decisions. The way in which he missed the World Series parade in '86 because of a suspected night long cocaine binge is particularly disturbing. The drug he so frequently consumed began to consume him and turned him into a recluse. Very sad.

    1. Dave Doyle Post author

      I keep hoping that he'll get his life on track and really become part of the Mets organization again. But trouble seems to follow him everywhere.

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