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Dwight Gooden gets probation in child endangerment case

Apr 16, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

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Here’s the latest development in the sad saga of former Cy Young Award winner Dwight Gooden.

According to the Associated Press via NBCSports.com, Gooden was sentenced to five years’ probation yesterday after pleading guilty in New Jersey to child endangerment. He was also ordered to undergo outpatient drug treatment.

The charges date back to a March 2010 traffic accident where Gooden was under the influence of cocaine with his then 5-year-old son riding in the back seat without a seat belt. Fortunately nobody was hurt in the accident.

Gooden, now 46 years old, could have faced up to three years in state prison. He has routinely wasted second chance after second chance during his life, so I’m not expecting things to suddenly change now, though I’d be thrilled if he finally turned his life around.

  1. Gordon - Apr 16, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Lock him up in jail already & throw away the key. He’s a waste of a human being. How many chances does he need before he straightens himself out?

  2. jamie54 - Apr 16, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Thrilled if he turned his life around? Really, you’d be ‘thrilled?’ Think it would be a positive thing to see but ‘thrilled’ is a bit extreme. I’d be ‘thrilled’ if he gave to Tsunami relief instead of blowing it up his nose but hey, that’s me so to each their own.

  3. iamnotacoolguy - Apr 16, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Crazy to think how good he was and how far he has fallen. Sad really. The thing about America is that we love a comeback and second chances. Hope Doc can get it turned around, but at this point it may be asking a lot.

  4. frankvzappa - Apr 16, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    cocaine is a helluva drug

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