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Police were called to the home of former New York Mets ace Dwight “Doc” Gooden earlier this week after an argument between the fireballer and his estranged wife spiraled out of control. Monique Gooden told the responding offers her husband said he would hurt her and her family. Rather than arrest the former Cy Young winner, police elected to call a judge and have him impose a temporary restraining order.
According to TMZ, Doc and Monique had decided to continue living together while they went through the divorce process, but with the restraining order now in effect, he’s going to need to find somewhere new to sleep. Police reportedly stayed at the residence following the fight on March 1 to give him time to pack enough clothes and necessities to get him to the upcoming March 11 court date. At that time, a judge will decide whether or not to make the temporary restraining order permanent. Until then, Dwight will not be allowed to see his kids, but he has been instructed to continuing paying his family’s bills.
Widely regarded as one of the most talented pitchers in the history of baseball, Gooden was a four-time all-star in the mid to late 80s, helping the so-called Miracle Mets win the 1986 World Series. Unfortunately, numerous battles with drugs and off the field problems greatly limited his effectiveness in the 1990s, and his life has been a mess of personal problems and bizarre appearances since retirement.
Pop Blend’s sincerest thoughts go out to the entire Gooden family. Here’s to hoping things calm down sooner rather than later.