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Darryl Strawberry Chronology
Jan. 29, 1987   Strawberry's wife, Lisa, files a petition for legal separation in Los Angeles. 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 Clayton's child. 
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 be filed. 
Feb. 3, 1990   Enters Smithers Center for alcohol rehabilitation. 
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 idea. 
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 free agent. 
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 support. 
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 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 21/2 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 his future. 
Feb. 15, 1999   Angers owner George Steinbrenner by missing an autograph session. Strawberry apologized for his absence a day later. 
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 opening-day roster. 
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 administrative 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 Aug. 4. 
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. 
March 1, 2000   For the third time in 10 years has checked himself into a drug rehabilitation clinic. Left after 3 1-2 months to support his wife and children. 
July 27, 2000   Under investigation for possible "major violations" of his probation stemming from his April 1999 drug arrest. 
July 28, 2000   A CT scan suggests the possibility his colon cancer has spread to lymph nodes that were nearby his original tumor. 
Aug. 11, 2000   Surgery to remove stomach tumor. 
Sept. 11, 2000   Arrested in Tampa after car crash. 
Oct. 25, 2000   Arrested in Tampa, accused of violating parole after testing positive for cocaine and violating curfew. 
Nov. 3, 2000   Tells a judge he has lost his will to live and stopped chemotherapy while in jail. 
Nov. 9, 2000   Sentenced to 30 days in jail. After release must return to the substance-abuse treatment center under house arrest. 
Nov. 21, 2000   Sentenced to a year's probation and 50 hours of community service for causing a traffic accident while under the influence of pain killers in Sept. Will serve the sentence concurrently with his house arrest at a Tampa drug-treatment center. 
March 30, 2001   Arrest warrant is issued for leaving the drug treatment center where he had been serving two years' house arrest. 
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. 
May 17, 2001   Sentenced to return to a drug treatment center for two years, to be followed by a year's probation. Also ordered to serve 100 hours of community service speaking to young people. 
 

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