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Darryl Strawberry chronology
|Jan. 29, 1987: Strawberry's wife, Lisa, files a petition for
legal separation in Los Angeles Superior County Court. She accuses
him of breaking her nose after a game in October 1986.
April 7, 1989: Named in a lawsuit in Clayton, Mo., charging
that he fathered a son with Lisa Clayton.
May 18, 1989: Wife files divorce petition in Los Angeles. He
says there "are no hard feelings. ... We felt this was the best
thing to do."
Jan. 24, 1990: Blood tests establish Strawberry as father of
Jan. 26, 1990: Arrested for alleged assault with a deadly
weapon during an argument with his wife. He is alleged to have hit
her in the face with an open hand and also to have threatened her
with a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun. Released on $12,000 bail.
Feb. 2, 1990: Authorities in Los Angeles announce they will
hold a hearing on Feb. 9 to determine if misdemeanor charges will
Feb. 3, 1990: Enters Smithers Center for alcohol
Feb. 9, 1990: Los Angeles city attorneys delay decision on
filing misdemeanor charges until Strawberry gets out of Smithers.
March 9, 1990: Los Angeles city attorneys announce no charges
will be filed.
Sept. 4, 1993: Arrested for allegedly striking Charisse Simons,
the 26-year-old woman he lived with.
Sept. 21, 1993: No criminal charges are filed by Simons after
the Sept. 4 incident.
Sept. 23, 1993: A day after saying he contemplated suicide
because of accumulated problems, he said he only flirted with the
March 3, 1994: Investigated by the IRS and U.S. Attorney's
Office for allegedly failing to file tax returns for in excess of
$300,000 of income derived from autograph and memorabilia shows.
April 3, 1994: Failed to show up for the Dodgers' final
exhibition game against California at Anaheim Stadium, and not
located until that night.
April 4, 1994: Dodgers announce Strawberry has a substance
abuse problem and place him on the disabled list.
April 8, 1994: Enters Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage,
Calif., for treatment of a substance abuse problem.
May 6, 1994: Finishes his 28-day stay at Betty Ford.
Dec. 8, 1994: He and his agent Eric Goldschmidt were indicted
on federal tax evasion charges alleging that Strawberry failed to
report more than $500,000 in income earned from 1986 through 1990.
Dec. 18, 1994: Strawberry and Goldschmidt plead innocent to tax
evasion charges in U.S. District Court in White Plains, N.Y.
Feb. 6, 1995: Major league baseball suspends Strawberry for 60
days after he tested positive for cocaine. The Giants, citing a
clause in his contract, terminate the deal and release him.
April 24, 1995: Strawberry is ordered to repay $350,000 in back
taxes and sentenced to six months of home confinement. But the
order permits him to leave home for practice and games, and allows
him to travel to road games with a baseball team.
June 19, 1995: New York Yankees announce they have reached an
agreement with Strawberry.
Aug. 4, 1995: Yankees purchase his contract from Columbus of
the International League.
Dec. 2, 1995: Yankees do not exercise option, making Strawberry
Dec. 11, 1995: Strawberry is charged in California with failing
to make child support payments and faces one count of willful
failure to provide child support, two counts of violating a court
order to provide child support and another order to provide spousal
May 3, 1996: Strawberry signs with the St. Paul Saints of the
independent Northern League.
June 24, 1996: Los Angeles Municipal Court Commissioner Joseph
Biderman sets a July 5 trial date for Strawberry, accused by Los
Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Mark Goldman of failing to
pay $300,000 to his ex-wife Lisa by a June 24 deadline.
July 4, 1996: Yankees purchase his contract from St. Paul and
assign him to Columbus.
July 5, 1996: Strawberry tells court he will will use his
$260,000 signing bonus as partial payment of support owed his
ex-wife and children.
July 7, 1996: Strawberry promoted to Yankees.
June 25, 1997: Undergoes arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.
Aug. 15, 1997: Activated by Yankees following a four-month
stint on the disabled list and a rehabilitation stint in Columbus.
Jan. 9, 1998: Re-signs one-year deal with Yankees for $750,000.
Aug. 20, 1998: Sued by attorney Robert Shapiro for $100,000
plus interest in fees for a contract settlement Shapiro negotiated
with the Dodgers in 1994.
Oct. 1, 1998: Diagnosed with colon cancer.
Oct. 3, 1998: Undergoes surgery to have a 16-inch portion of
his large intestine removed to get rid of a tumor almost 2 1/2
inches long that nearly obstructed his intestine. Doctors said the
three-hour surgery went smoothly and that the tumor did not appear
to have spread.
Oct. 9, 1998: Doctors announce that Strawberry will have to
undergo chemotherapy after it was found that the cancer had spread
to a lymph node.
Oct. 16, 1998: Released from the hospital.
Oct. 23, 1998: Joins his teammates in the victory parade to
celebrate the Yankees world championship.
Jan. 9, 1999: Has surgery to relieve pain caused by scar tissue
from his operation for colon cancer.
Feb. 9, 1999: Makes debut as spokesman for the National Council
on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, saying he is optimistic about
Feb. 15, 1999: Angers owner George Steinbrenner by missing an
autograph session. Strawberry apologized for his absence a day
March 10, 1999: Strawberry, still undergoing chemotherapy, goes
1-for-4 in an exhibition game, his first appearance in a game since
colon cancer surgery.
March 25, 1999: Strawberry and attorney Robert Shapiro resolve
their legal dispute in which Shapiro claimed that Strawberry had
failed to pay about $100,000 in fees for a contract settlement
Shapiro negotiated for him.
March 29, 1999: Yankees announce that Strawberry will remain at
extended spring training instead of joining the club on the
April 14, 1999: Charged with possession of cocaine and
soliciting a prostitute. According to police, Strawberry allegedly
solicited an undercover officer for sex for $50. Upon being
searched, 0.3 grams of powder cocaine was found inside of his
wallet. He was released on $6,000 bond.
April 24, 1999: Placed on adminstrative leave by major league
baseball, pending a review of his arrest on drug charges.
Strawberry cannot play or work out with the Yankees or their farm
teams during this time.
May 26, 1999: Enters a no-contest plea to charges of cocaine
possession and soliciting a prostitute. Sentenced to 18 months of
probation and 100 hours of community service.
June 18, 1999: Bud Selig announces that Strawberry can return
to baseball after a 120-day suspension ends on Aug. 11.
Aug. 2, 1999: Selig reduces Strawberry's suspension by one
week, and the Yankees announce Strawberry will join Coloumbus on
Sept. 1, 1999: Yankees purchase Strawberry's contract from
Columbus and he finishes the season with a .327 batting average,
three homers and six RBIs. In the postseason, he hits .333
(5-for-15) with two homers and four RBIs as the Yankees win their
second straight world championship.
Feb. 22, 2000: A Florida Department of Corrections report says
Strawberry tested positive for cocaine on Jan. 19.
Feb. 28, 2000: Suspended for one year, his third
cocaine-related suspension from baseball in five years.
April 2, 2001: Arrested at St. Joseph's hospital and charged with violating a probation warrant after a four-day disappearance from a drug treatment center. Send this story to a friend | Most sent stories|
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