New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden is seeking unspecified damages from the city of Tampa and three police officers who arrested him after a scuffle and who now are suing him for $1 million each.
Documents recently filed here by Gooden lawyer Charles W. Ehrlich, submitted in response to the officers' suit, maintain that one officer told him had "a smart ------ mouth" and another punched him in the stomach on Dec. 13, 1986.
The back-and-forth legal proceedings stem from the confrontation that involved Gooden, four companions and 22 Tampa police officers. Gooden pleaded no contest in January 1987 to charges of resisting arrest with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer. He was placed on probation for three years.
Officer David Bryant was later counseled for taunting Gooden. Officer Michael Mazza was disciplined for bragging about the arrest.