New York, NY (Sports Network) - Former pitcher Dwight Gooden was arrested on Sunday after he allegedly punched a woman, believed to be his fiance.
According to the New York Daily News, Gooden, who pitched 16 seasons in the majors, struck flight attendant Monique Moore during a fight in her Tampa apartment early Sunday morning and has been charged with domestic violence battery. .
Gooden, who currently serves in a front office capacity for the New York Yankees, was held without bail and is expected to appear in court Monday morning.
Moore, who suffered bruises but refused treatment, was described by police as being Gooden's ex-wife and the former star had introduced her to friends as his wife in recent months, although no official record of their marriage could be found.
Gooden was divorced last year from his wife of 16 years, Monica Harris, amid accusations that he had taken money from the sale of their Tampa-area home.
At the time of the divorce, Moore was cited as the other woman in Gooden's life and was seen with an engagement ring last summer. Gooden, though, testified in court that they had broken up.
This is not the first run-in with the law for Gooden, whose once promising career was ruined by drug and alcohol abuse.
Gooden, who was suspended by MLB twice for testing positive to drugs, retired from the game in 2001 and has been mostly trouble-free since. However, cops charged him with DWI in 2002, but the charges were later reduced to reckless driving when a videotape of Gooden's field sobriety test appeared to show that he was not intoxicated when stopped.
The 40-year-old Gooden started his career with the New York Mets, and won the Cy Young Award in 1985 at the age of 20, becoming the youngest player ever to take the honor. Gooden played 11 seasons with the Mets before also spending time with the Yankees, Cleveland, Houston and Tampa Bay.
Over his career, Gooden posted a 194-112 record with a 3.51 ERA and 2,293 strikeouts. He threw a no-hitter for the Yankees against Seattle on May 14, 1996.