Gooden 'hurt' by comments from Strawberry

Gooden 'hurt' by comments from Strawberry

Dwight Gooden responded strongly Monday to recent comments made by former teammate Darryl Strawberry to The New York Daily News.

Strawberry told the newspaper that he believes Gooden has relapsed into the drug use that derailed his playing career and that he's "a complete junkie-addict."

"The Darryl thing hurt me a lot because I had just thought we re-established our relationship," Gooden told "The Joe Piscopo Show."

"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."

The duo were recently scheduled to make an appearance together for their ESPN 30 for 30 documentary "Doc & Darryl," but Gooden was a no-show.

"I've been trying behind the scenes to talk to him and get him to go for help, but he won't listen," said Strawberry.

"Doc & Darryl," which debuted on ESPN last month, featured the two talking in depth about their rise to stardom with the Mets, the 1986 World Series and their addictions that spiraled out of control afterward.

"Everything's good," he said in the radio interview. "I am healthy. I don't have a drug problem. I mean, I am an addict ... that don't mean I'm an active addict."

Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.