Strawberry told The New York Daily News on Sunday night that Gooden was in “horrible” condition as a decades-long battle against cocaine addiction has left Gooden “a complete junkie-addict.” Strawberry added that Gooden’s son called and asked for his assistance.
“I have to try something before he’s dead,” Strawberry told The Daily News.
The well-being of Gooden, who was forced to sit out the entire 1996 MLB season due to cocaine abuse and has been arrested multiple times on drug-related charges, has been a topic of conversation since the he failed to appear on a New York radio show on Thursday.
“I’m worried. A lot,” Strawberry said in Thursday’s appearance on WFAM-AM. “It’s a real struggle.
“My fear is that — and I know addiction — and my fear is people that don’t change, they die. They die this way. I just hope the light comes on soon before it’s too late.”
Gooden, 51, texted The Daily News and seemingly dismissed Strawberry’s concerns, calling them “unreal.” He told the newspaper that he missed Thursday’s appearance due to a minor heath issue.
Strawberry, however, said there is indeed cause to be worried.
“The condition Doc is in, it’s bad, it’s horrible,” Strawberry told the newspaper. “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.”