Dwight Gooden is scheduled to play Santa Claus at a New York City gentlemen's club on Tuesday.
The former Mets and Yankees pitcher -- who has struggled for decades with alcohol and substance-abuse issues -- will suit up as Santa at Vivid Cabaret NYC, the club said in a news release. Described as a "photo opportunity," Gooden will pose with dancers. The photo opportunity is limited to members of the press, so club patrons will not be allowed to take pictures with Gooden. However, the club's statement said that Gooden will address patrons from the main stage later that night.
The New York Daily News was the first outlet to report the appearance.
Gooden won Rookie of the Year as a member of the New York Mets in 1984 and helped the club to the World Series title two years later. He was also part of the Yankees' title-winning team in 1996.
Gooden, 53, was forced to sit out the entire 1995 major-league season due to cocaine abuse and has been arrested multiple times on drug-related charges. He served a seven-month jail sentence for violating probation in 2006 in Florida.
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