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Darryl Strawberry says Doc Gooden is a ‘junkie-addict’ and Gooden responds

Darryl Strawberry, left, poses with Doc Gooden at CitiField in New York.
Darryl Strawberry, left, poses with Doc Gooden at CitiField in New York. AP

Darryl Strawberry and Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden have shared plenty together through good times and bad.

Now Strawberry says his friend and former teammate on the Mets' 1986 World Series championship team, needs his help before it's too late.

Strawberry, a recovering drug addict who is an ordained minister and helps addicts nationwide, reached out to Gooden through the New York Daily News saying "I have to try something before he’s dead."

According to the Daily News, Gooden -- who has had well-documented drug problems over the years including on the recent ESPN 30 for 30 documentary 'Doc & Darryl' -- missed a scheduled appearance with Strawberry last week.

When Strawberry publicly expressed his concern (again through the Daily News), Gooden responded with a dismissive "unreal" toward Strawberry.

That led Strawberry to really open up and offer some tough love to Gooden.

“He’s a complete junkie-addict,” Strawberry told the Daily News' John Harper.

“I’ve been trying behind the scenes to talk to him and get him to go for help, but he won’t listen. He thinks he can manipulate and BS his way through everything. His son called me to beg me to help his dad before he dies.

“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.”

Janice Roots, whom Harper said left Gooden because of his drug problem, said "he morphed into a cocaine monster.

“I don’t even know if he realizes what he’s doing. He turns into a different person. He’s a great guy who takes care of his family members, but being around him, there were times when it was just a very toxic, dangerous environment.

“I felt helpless to do anything. I finally left because to sit there and watch somebody kill himself was devastating.”

On Monday, Gooden responded on Joe Piscopo’s New York radio show on WNYM-AM.

“The Darryl thing hurt me a lot because I had just thought we re-established our relationship,” Gooden said.

“I forgave him for a lot of stuff. I never threw him under the bus, never said anything about him publicly. For him to say that stuff, you have to draw a line somewhere and I guess do a better choice of picking friends but other than that, everything is good.”

Gooden also told the former Saturday Night Live star that missing his scheduled event with Strawberry “had nothing to do with drugs.”

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