Dwight Gooden appeared on “The Joe Piscopo Show” Monday to respond to the notion that he has a potentially deadly drug problem. Piscopo, a former Saturday Night Live performer, has been friends with Gooden for many years, which may have been why Doc agreed to the interview.
“I saw him last month and yeah, he looked good. He looked okay,” Piscopo told Paul Nanos, who was filling in as host of CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “And you know what? I didn’t want to exploit him, No. 1. You don’t want to exploit somebody like that. He’s a friend. Dwight’s a friend. Doc Gooden’s a friend. One of the greatest athletes of all time. An icon certainly in New York and in Major League Baseball. Do I see something? Does he look like maybe something could be askew? That’s not the question. If you see a friend and he’s not doing good – like with Darryl Strawberry or a son or the girlfriend – don’t go to the press, man. I gave the airways to Doc Gooden because I thought it was so unfair the way the press was treating this great man, this nice guy. Now, and I said to him on the air, ‘We love you, man. We’re here.’ Is something up with Dwight that we don’t know about that we got to help him with? Maybe. I’m his friend. We’re going to be there. But all of those who are friends with Dwight are upset because it played out in the press and that’s what hurt Doc most of all.”
But if the concerns surrounding Gooden are untrue, why would Strawberry do this? Why would he stage a public intervention? What would be his motive?
“It’s a great question. That’s a great question,” Piscopo said. “I have no idea. I’m not going to lie to you: We’re very concerned about that. We want to help Dwight and we are there for him. Why Darryl did it, I have no idea. The ex, well, look, I got problems with exes. I understand that. But the son? Why would you go to the press? Does Dwight need help? Will we help him? Are we all good friends with him? We’re going to be there for whatever he needs. We’re there for Doc Gooden. He’s a great guy, and yeah, he looks fine. I saw him last month. He was okay, he was cognizant, everything was great – I didn’t see anything (wrong). If he needs help, we’re there for him. Don’t go to the press, man. Don’t disrespect your friend and go through the press. Do an intervention one-on-one if you need to. Does Doc need help? I don’t know, but I’ll tell you this: As a friend, we are reaching out, and today we are reaching out even further because it’s our responsibility. He’s such a good guy. It’s the least we could do for this great man.”