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Everybody Is Looking At The Dwight Gooden Arrest All Wrong

The news that Dwight Gooden has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs endangering the welfare of a child, leaving the scene, reckless driving and DWI with a child passenger stemming from Gooden’s involvement in a two-car, hit-and-run accident in a New Jersey suburb this morning is disappointing, to put it mildly.

Add to it the fact that his five-year-old son, Dylan, was in the car at the time only compounds the already horrible mistake the troubled former ballplayer made by driving all messed up. But before we all get whipped up into a complete frenzy regarding Gooden for his irresponsible actions, perhaps we should take a step back and look at the entire situation with some much-needed perspective.

First of all, thankfully, no one was seriously hurt. That is no small consolation considering what could have happened.

Secondly, it was Gooden’s son in the car, not some random kid. Could you have imagined the outrage if Gooden, in a drug-induced stupor, mistakenly put another child in harm’s way believing it was his son?

Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, Gooden’s arrest has provided the police force as well as the townspeople of the posh Franklin Lakes community a little legitimacy and an opportunity to display some civic pride. As Det. Lt. John Bakelaar said, the little town deserves a little credit, even if it isn’t New York City.

“It’s a small town but we do get excitment sometimes,” Det. Lt. John Bakelaar said. “It’s not like it happened in New York City. But we have three of those ‘Housewives’ living here and we have a lot of big name athletes.”

Best. Statement. Ever.

Franklin Lakes! Franklin Lakes! Franklin Lakes!

“Hey now, we’re not some big city like New York, but stuff  sometimes happens around here, on occasion. Every once in a while, that is. I mean, we got reality stars living here and stuff.”

I am picturing this Detective John Bakelaar fellow to be a carbon copy of  Sylvester Stallone’s character in Cop Land. Which I think is a compliment. It was Sly’s last juicy role and all.

Former Mets, Yankees star Dwight Gooden arrested for DWI after rush hour accident [New York Daily News]