According to police in Franklin Lakes, N.J and as first reported on Deadspin, Gooden has been charged with driving under the influence of unnamed drugs, leaving the scene of an accident and child endangerment after a two-car crash on Tuesday morning.
For good measure, he's also being charged with "failure to notify change of address regarding driver's license."
"I can't come back here," Gooden told the NY Post from jail. "I'd rather get shot than come back here. ... If I don't get the message this time, I never will."- May 2006 (courtesy of Big League Stew)
Well I guess somebody better load their handgun and go find Doc, because that motherfucker is going back to jail. And you know what? I don't feel a bit bad for the guy.
I'm sure this isn't going to be a popular post and most people might not agree with me, but fuck Doc Gooden. Why is him getting arrested even newsworthy anymore? The guy has been given more free lives than Catwoman and yet every time he gets picked up for possession or DUI he sings the same sad song about learning his lesson and needing to get his life together and we all get sucked into the "look at what a tortured soul Doc Gooden is; he's really a great guy with some problems" vortex of bullshit from people who can't look past his first few dynamite years with the Mets or his no-hitter with the Yankees in '96.
Don't get me wrong, I loved Doc when he was on the Yanks. Even being just 11 at the time, I was old enough to understand that this guy had fallen flat on his face and it was good to see him get himself back together and reclaim a bit of his old magic on the mound. One of my fondest Yankee memories is watching him pitch his no-hitter and seeing the sheer joy on his face as he basked in the atmosphere of the occassion after the 27th out had been recorded. But those days are long gone, and with his rap sheet since then it's clear that those days were an aberration and the Doc Gooden who was picked up yesterday with a pocket full of pills at the scene of a car crash is the real Doc Gooden: a low-life, addict schmuck with no sense of responsibility as a man, no self-esteem, and no self-control.
So fuck him. I'm done with Doc Gooden. I don't care that he got arrested again. I don't care that he's probably going back to jail. And I really don't care if he ever gets his shit together because it's just plain not going to happen. As the great Blake from Glengarry Glen Ross said, "A loser is a loser." And Doc Gooden is a loser. Period. If I want to read about losers on my sports pages and blogs, I'll check how the Red Sox are doing. I don't need Doc Gooden taking up space any more.
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