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Postby StlSluggers » Mon Mar 14, 2005 11:18 am

Baseball Great Gooden Arrested for Domestic Battery
Monday, March 14, 2005

TAMPA, Fla. — Dwight Gooden (search) was arrested early Sunday for allegedly punching his ex-wife in the face, police said.

The former All-Star pitcher was charged with domestic violence battery and was being held Sunday without bond at Hillsborough County Jail (search). It wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney.

Jail officials said Gooden, a special assistant for the New York Yankees (search), was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Monday morning.

He was arrested by Tampa police at 12:44 a.m., according to jail records. Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said the dispute occurred at the home of Monique Moore (search), Gooden's ex-wife.

"She threw a handset from a telephone at him and he punched her in the face," McElroy said. "She called 911. We responded. There was a bruise forming on her face and he was arrested."

McElroy said Moore declined medical attention, and the 40-year-old Gooden was cooperative with police.

Yankees spokesman Rick Cerrone said the team had no comment.

Gooden spent 16 seasons in the major leagues pitching for the New York Mets, Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Devil Rays before retiring in March 2001 with a career record of 194-112 and a 3.51 ERA.

He became the youngest Cy Young Award winner ever at age 20 in 1985 with the Mets, then helped them win the World Series a year later.

In June 1994, Gooden was suspended for 60 days for testing positive for cocaine. He tested positive for cocaine again while on suspension and was sidelined for the 1995 season.

Gooden was also involved in a scuffle with Tampa police after a traffic stop in 1986. He was arrested for drunken driving in February 2002 in Tampa, along with having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle and driving with a suspended license. Another suspended-license arrest followed in January 2003.
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Postby perlick29 » Mon Mar 14, 2005 11:46 am

I'd bench him for a while and see if he gets through this. One day he may return to 86' form. (SARCASM ALERT)
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Postby quietstorm » Mon Mar 14, 2005 2:29 pm

Dumb thing to do, and I in no way approve (of hitting anybody in that sort of retaliation, much less a woman), but... she did provoke him.

(I realize there may be provokation from Gooden in the form of psycholgical/emotional abuse, but, despite the fact that I know how bad that is from personal experience, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that emotional abuse isn't going to be treated in court as a serious crime, outside of the workplace -- harrassment suits, y'know.)
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