Published On: Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016

Strawberry: I'm trying to save Gooden 'before he's dead'

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Darryl Strawberry is doing his best to care for his former New York Mets teammate Dwight Gooden, and there is growing concern, according to Strawberry, that Gooden’s health is at risk due to a potential drug relapse.

“The condition Doc is in, it’s bad, it’s horrible. It’s like cocaine poison. I feel like I’ve got to get it out there because nobody else is doing anything to help him, and it might be the only way to stop him,” Strawberry told John Harper of the New York’s Daily News.

Strawberry, who has dealt with his own fair share of struggles off the field in the past, has been growing increasingly worried over Gooden after the two were scheduled to make a joint appearance, but Gooden didn’t show up.

This is the second time he’s canceled a public appearance in the last week, leading to Strawberry to take initiative.

“He’s a complete junkie-addict,” Strawberry said. “I’ve been trying behind the scenes to talk to him and get him to go for help, but he won’t listen.”

“I have to try something before he’s dead.”

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