Dwight Gooden Skipped New York Mets’ 1986 World Series Victory Parade to Do Cocaine [VIDEO]
After winning the 1986 World Series, Dwight Gooden celebrated inside a drug dealer’s apartment, ESPN reports.
The revelation comes as part of an interview with Gooden that will air on ESPN’s E:60 Wednesday nigh, in which he discusses his old cocaine addiction.
Speaking about why he missed a ticker-tape parade honoring the Mets following their win in the Fall Classic, Gooden said, “Here I am in the projects in a drug dealer’s apartment with guys I don’t even know, with drugs in the house, watching it. It’s a horrible feeling.”
Gooden’s career got off to a hot start in 1984 when he won the National League’s Rookie of the Year, and he won the Cy Young Award the following season. But in 1986, he said, he got off track. When someone offered him cocaine, “It was love at first sight, unfortunately,” he recalled.
After testing positive for the drug that offseason, Gooden went to rehab, thus beginning his long battle with addiction. He said he’s been clean for seven months now.