Former pitcher Dwight Gooden has sought Dr. Drew Pinsky‘s help this season on Celebrity Rehab, owing to his decades-long struggle with alcohol and drug abuse. But according to Gooden, his former teammate Len Dykstra wanted to break him out of rehab because he thought Gooden was being held hostage and “hypnotized” against his will.
In an interview on WFAN’s Boomer & Carton show, Gooden recalled the time Dykstra visited him in Pinsky’s facility at the Pasadena Recovery Center and wanted to bust him out of the joint.
“It was crazy. He thought that I had been hypnotized and (Dr. Drew) got me in there and was holding me hostage. He tried to come in with two guys to get me out of there.
“So they come in. I’m talking to him, he wanted to talk (and he said to me), ‘Doc, I don’t like this.’ So we go out on the patio me and him and the two guys are sitting there, we’re talking.
“He said, “You sure this is what you want?’ I go, ‘Yeah.’ He goes, ‘I don’t know, I don’t feel good about this … let me take your bags and if you don’t like it, you call me.’ I was like, ‘Trust me, I’m cool.’”
Gooden, who did not let his friend Shawshank him out of the facility, will appear on the fifth season of Celebrity Rehab, which premieres Sunday, June 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.