Polo league co-founder accused of cocaine abuse

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WELLINGTON — Until this month, John Goodman was little known outside the high-rolling, celebrity-studded world of elite polo.

Within that world, he was revered.

The Texas-born heir to an air-conditioning empire is not just the man who rescued world-class polo in Wellington, sinking millions into a club that has lured the likes of Madonna, actor Tommy Lee Jones and some of the world’s top players.

He’s also co-founder of his own polo league, a former national Amateur Player of the Year, and player and owner on a team that has won the sport’s U.S. Open and the Queen’s Cup in England.

The late William Ylvisaker, who brought the sport to Wellington in 1977, once called Goodman “polo’s angel.”

Now the community may be poised to learn a lot more about his personal demons — including his role in a fatal car wreck Feb. 12, and his former wife’s allegations that Goodman has a history of cocaine abuse.

Full story: Wellington Polo mogul Goodman faces scrutiny after fatal wreck via Palm Beach Post