Former MLB player Darryl Strawberry shed more light on a troubled Dwight Gooden, who has been rumored to be a user of cocaine. Further fueling these speculations were recent photos of the embattled former MLB star, who seemed thin and frail during an interview with the same publication.
NY Daily News shared photos of the star via their site and social media along with the exclusive interview of Strawberry.
Strawberry and Gooden were both notorious for their drug use during their MLB careers, even going through some run-ins with police, as shown in the ESPN documentary “30 for 30.” But Strawberry, who has since, remained clean, is now worried about his friend’s seemingly declining health.
“He’s a complete junkie-addict,” Strawberry told NY Daily News during an exclusive interview. “I’ve been trying behind the scenes to talk to him and get him to go for help, but he won’t listen. He thinks he can manipulate and BS his way through everything. His son called me to beg me to help his dad before he dies.”
But Gooden, who stepped out to respond to Strawberry’s statements, assures that he is healthy, alive and well. He even took the time to chat briefly with The Joe Piscopo Show, to talk about his drug problems and health.
“I am healthy,” he said during the radio interview below, adding “[But] I do have a drug problem. I mean, I am an addict.”
He also shared how he was hurt by Strawberry’s recent comments, and how he initially thought that they had already mended past problems.
“The Daryl thing did hurt me,” Gooden said to Piscopo. “I had just thought we re-established our relationship [through the ESPN film ‘Doc and Daryl’]. I forgave him for a lot of stuff, I never threw him under the bus.”
The son of the embattled former MLB star, also shared his growing concerns for his father, releasing a statement on behalf of Gooden’s family.
“We will be pushing this respite up. We, as a family, are currently planning his best course of action and thank you all for your concern, messages and prayers.” said Gooden, Jr. in their statement which was also shared with media.
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