Dwight Gooden says he is reevaluating his friendship with Darryl Strawberry after his former teammate's recent comments that Gooden was "a complete junkie-addict."
"The Darryl thing hurt me a lot because I had just thought we reestablished 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."
Gooden issued a statement later, calling out his former teammate for repeatedly making "our differences personal, going back to our days with the [New York] Mets."
"I had hoped we could keep these differences between us," his statement read, while also vehemently denying Strawberry's allegations he's using cocaine. "But Darryl could not manage to do that. I am sorry for his inability to show more character and strength. While I was there for him, he obviously was never there for me."
Strawberry told ESPN Radio on Monday night that he is trying not to take Gooden's verbal jabs personally, saying people in Gooden's camp are pleased that someone "finally stood up and said something about his issues and his struggles."
"I just felt like I needed to do this," Strawberry said in the interview. "And regardless what anybody else thinks or they can call me whatever they want to call me. As long I've known in my heart that I stepped up to do the right thing to help this man try to save his life, maybe just one day if he gets there and gets a recovery and realizes how good he is, he can come back and say 'thank you, you helped save my life.'"
Strawberry said he is convinced Gooden has relapsed into the drug use that derailed his playing career.