Report: Doc Gooden's family evicted after former MLBer fails to pay rent

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Doc Gooden, who played for five MLB teams, continues to have legal trouble.
Doc Gooden, who played for five MLB teams, continues to have legal trouble. (USATSI)

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Doc Gooden's estranged wife and their two young children were evicted from their New Jersey mansion last month after the former big leaguer quit paying rent, reports TMZ. The family moved into the house in September 2011, but Gooden moved out in March after his marriage went south.

According to the court documents, Gooden stopped paying the $4,500 per month rent in February. The landlord is suing for all of the back rent plus penalties -- totaling nearly $19,000 -- as well as legal fees. Gooden's wife, who filed a restraining order in March, and children were forced out on July 11.

In parts of 16 big league seasons, the 48-year-old Gooden banked over $36 million according to Baseball-Reference. He's had plenty of legal trouble over the years, including several alcohol-related arrests. After his playing career ended in 2001, Gooden worked in the front office with the Yankees and independent Newark Bears.

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