via press release:
FORMER METS AND YANKEES STAR DOC GOODEN TELLS “CBS SUNDAY MORNING” HIS USE OF COCAINE WAS “LOVE AT FIRST SNIFF”
GOODEN TELLS MICHELLE MILLER: “MY PROBLEM ALWAYS HAS BEEN NOT JUST WHEN THINGS ARE BAD, I TURN TO DRUGS AND ALCOHOL, BUT WHEN THINGS ARE GOOD, I TURN TO DRUGS AND ALCOHOL”
Former New York Mets and New York Yankees star pitcher Doc Gooden says his first taste of cocaine was “love at first sniff” in an interview with Michelle Miller for CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD to be broadcast Sunday, June 2, 2013 (9:00 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.
Gooden says his success on the mound in Major League Baseball came fast, and he was unable to say no to the excesses.
“The first time I tried cocaine, unfortunately, it was love at first sniff,” he tells Miller. “My problem has always been not just when things are bad, I turn to drugs and alcohol, but when things are good, I turn to drugs and alcohol.”
Indeed, as he tells Miller, and writes in a new book, after the Mets won the World Series in 1986, he retreated to a flophouse on Long Island and partied so much he missed the team’s victory parade.
“That was probably one of the low points in my life,” he admits, adding, “it was probably the worst day in my life.”
Gooden tried rehab six times, but tells Miller appearing on the reality series “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” got him clean and sober and he says he’s been that way ever since. These days, Gooden lives in New Jersey to be close to three of his seven children.
“I have what I want now, within myself,” he tells Miller. “And, you know, just - I feel good about who I am. And unfortunately, all the up and downs I went through has molded me into the man that I am today. And I’m very happy with that.”
Miller’s interview with Gooden will be broadcast June 2, 2013. CBS SUNDAY MORNING is broadcast Sundays (9:00-10:30 ET) on the CBS Television Network. Rand Morrison is the executive producer.