PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Dwight Gooden showed up at Mets camp on Monday for what he said was his first visit to spring training as a non-player since 1994.
The former Mets and Yankees pitcher has been quiet since denying the allegations made by former teammate Darryl Strawberry in August that Gooden had suffered a relapse in his battle with drug addiction.
Gooden, 52, said he did not suffer a relapse. He also said he has not spoken to Strawberry since the allegations were made and doesn’t feel the need to at the moment.
“Not at all,” Gooden said at First Data Field before the Mets hosted the Marlins. “There’s no hard feelings yet. Unfortunately, he spoke how he felt. Whether I liked it or not, I respect that. Wasn’t true. You move on. Maybe one day we get together and talk, but right now’s not the time.”
Gooden said he is not angry with Strawberry.
“I’m not,” Gooden said. “At the time I was, because just the timing of it. I had just lost my mom. No, I’m not angry.”
Asked if everything is good now, Gooden said: “Everything was good then, too. It’s just his opinions.”
In late August, Strawberry said in three days of media interviews that he feared Gooden had relapsed. Gooden had failed to show up at a WFAN appearance.
On Aug. 22, Strawberry told Newsday: “Doc is in a bad situation in his life with addiction. I’ve been there. I’ve gotten out of it. He can get out of it, too, if he allows people to help him.”
But Gooden, also on Aug. 22, released a statement to Newsday that said: “I do not use cocaine and have not for many years. I would also like to say here and now that Darryl’s allegations against me are totally false.”
Efforts to reach Strawberry for comment on Monday were not immediately successful.