Dwight Gooden arrested for violating probation, drugs

12:42 PM, Mar 15, 2006   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida – Former baseball star Dwight Gooden was re-arrested today on a probation violation. Gooden told his probation officer that he had a relapse and recently used cocaine. A drug test came up positive, and he was then taken to Hillsborough County Jail where is being held with no bond. Last year, Gooden was sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to speeding away from police after a DUI stop. As part of his plea deal, the Tampa native was ordered to complete drug treatment, get a full-time job afterward and spend 100 hours speaking to 100 schools, Little League teams and other youth groups about how drugs affected his life. At that time, Gooden also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a March 2005 dispute with his live-in girlfriend. He was sentenced to 45 days in jail and given credit for time already served. He also was ordered to take an anger management class. He was the 1984 Rookie of the Year and 1985 National League Cy Young Award winner while with the New York Mets, and retired five years ago. Gooden also pitched for the Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He will appear in court on Wednesday morning.

Tampa Bay's 10 News. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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