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03-15-2006, 01:03 PM
Former baseball star Dwight Gooden was arrested Tuesday on charges of violating the terms of his probation.

The 41-year-old pleaded guilty in November to speeding away from police after a DUI traffic stop in August 2005 and was sentenced to three years probation. On Tuesday he went to a regular meeting with a probation officer, where he admitted to using cocaine, according to Jo Ellyn Rackleff, a spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections.

``He went to his regular meeting with his probation officer, admitted to the officer that he had used cocaine. She did a drug screen, and he tested positive for cocaine,'' Rackleff said.

Gooden was then arrested and taken to the Hillsborough County Jail, Rackleff said. He is being held without bond, according to Assistant State Attorney Pam Bondi.

``We will be requesting that he remain in jail on no bond because he violated probation,'' Bondi said.


03-21-2006, 12:57 AM
So what do Michael Jackson and Doc have in common?
Oh yes, they both want a white nose! :(

Poor Doc, what could have been.

03-21-2006, 01:32 AM
This is shocking news and for what cocaine.. Doc and coke, who would have thought..

03-21-2006, 01:44 AM
It's pretty sad really,and the no bail seems to be a bit harsh for taking drugs regardless of probation violation or not.JMO

03-22-2006, 05:04 PM
Former baseball star Dwight Gooden admitted in court Wednesday that he violated his probation by using cocaine and likely faces prison time when he is sentenced next month.

Dressed in an orange jail uniform and with family members looking on, the 41-year-old former pitcher answered ``yes, sir,'' when state Circuit Judge Anthony K. Black asked him if he had violated his probation. He will remain in jail and faces up to five years in prison after a hearing April 5.

``We are seeking prison,'' prosecutor Pam Bondi said afterward, but it hasn't been determined how long of a sentence her office will request.

Gooden admitted to a probation officer last week that he had used cocaine. He was serving three years' probation for speeding away from a police officer during a drunken driving traffic stop last year.