Dwight Gooden returning to rehab after latest DUI arrest
For the second time in as many months, New York Mets icon Dwight Gooden was arrested and charged with DUI, and will now be seeking professional help for his substance abuse issues.
Gooden was arrested Monday for allegedly driving under the influence and going the wrong way on a one-way street. The former pitcher said in front of his home Tuesday that he would be checking into rehab imminently.
“It’s a struggle — a hard struggle — but you have to just jump back in,” Gooden said, via Alex Taylor and Kate Sheehy of the New York Post. “I’ll be checking in tonight, whatever it takes. This time, I mean, at my age, I’ve been doing this for 30 something years. I never thought I’d see myself at 54 going back to treatment.”
Gooden has a long, difficult history with drug addiction dating back to his playing days in the 1980s. He has never been able to shake it, as this recent arrest comes on the heels of another brush with the law in June.