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Lenny Dykstra arrested for bankruptcy fraud

Apr 15, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

Lenny Dykstra

I for one am shocked.  If by “shocked” you mean “totally not shocked at all, not even in the slightest”:

U.S. prosecutors Friday charged famed baseball outfielder Lenny Dykstra with bankruptcy fraud. According to a statement by prosecutors, Dykstra was taken into custody at his Encino home Thursday night. The charge relates to fraud Dykstra allegedly committed involving the sale of items from a Ventura County mansion he owned.

It says he took a $50,000 sink — they have $50,000 sinks? — furniture, baseball memorabilia and granite countertops from his former home even though they were supposed to be part of the bankruptcy estate. That’s a no-no.

Not that Dykstra isn’t well-acquainted with no-nos at this point. Indeed, this isn’t even the first time he’s been accused of destroying and/or absconding with property he shouldn’t be destroying or absconding with. Then there was that thing with his son’s signing bonus disappearing. And then there was the ripping-off-the-escort thing.

There are lots of things with Lenny.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Apr 15, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Yay Lenny! You have made the news fun again….again!

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Apr 15, 2011 at 4:30 PM

      Unfortunately, he already has made my 2011 douchenozzle list so I can’t add him twice. Hrmmph, I need to get a subset list going of douchenozzle 5000’s or something. Any suggestions are welcome.

      • cur68 - Apr 15, 2011 at 4:50 PM

        He’s gotta be the front runner for ‘Douchenozzle of the Year”. The award can be a pewter spigot.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Apr 15, 2011 at 4:58 PM

        Oh yes, he is undoubtedly the front runner right now and there will certainly be an award presented and all the bells and whistles too (in theory of course). Maybe this needs a web-page. I’ve got work to do.

  2. Jonny 5 - Apr 15, 2011 at 4:28 PM


  3. drunkenhooliganism - Apr 15, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Dykstra stealing his son’s bonus is worse than anything Pete Rose or Barry Bonds ever did

  4. Jonny 5 - Apr 15, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Craig, you forgot to highlight how he demanded “extra cleaning” from his cleaning lady..

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 15, 2011 at 4:50 PM

      There’s a joke there about kitchen sinks and pipe cleaning, but I will leave that to somebody else.

      • bigharold - Apr 15, 2011 at 5:13 PM

        No, .. you haven’t

  5. bloodysock - Apr 15, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    He was arrested on separate grand theft charges related to the purchase of vehicles.

  6. Utley's Hair - Apr 15, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    WTF?!? Was that sink made of platinum or something?

    • mcsnide - Apr 15, 2011 at 9:49 PM

      Nah, it was a regular porcelain job, but it was procured by the Pentagon.

  7. cur68 - Apr 15, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Craig; 2 things,
    1) Thanks for using this picture of Lenny. The one with the chaw hanging from his mouth is unspeakably awful and should be reserved for when he’s caught defrauding the pope or something.

    2) Please post a mug shot as soon as it becomes available. He can join the rogues gallery I have going for “Mugshot of the Year by a Pro Ball Player”. Just because I admire Lenny’s work SO much I’m throwing him in there with the active players like Miggy & Coco. Think of it as a lifetime achievement award.

  8. jhorton83 - Apr 15, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    You stay classy, Lenny.

  9. schmedley69 - Apr 15, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    I always wondered how he was getting away with all of this stuff. Anyway, it was inevitable that Lenny was going to end up dead, homeless, or in jail. He was one of my favorite players, but geez, what a scumbag! I remember being at a Phillies/Mets game at CBP a few years ago, and a couple of obnoxious Mets fans with Dykstra Met jerseys on were telling everyone that Lenny was a Met and not a Phillie, and all of the Phillies fans argued the opposite side. It’s now official, Dykstra was a Met!! Maybe he will share a prison cell with the Wilpons one day?

  10. sanzarq - Apr 15, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Lenny is now a pitiful disgrace, just inches from residing on skid row. He can join a host of former Professional athletes who are already there.

    Can we cover something else now?

  11. dfensfelix - Apr 15, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    It’s funny how cur68 always talks to Craig like they’re good buddies.

  12. tyrannynews - Apr 16, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    Has it occurred to any of you that this man is being targeted for daring to stand up to a corrupt banking and judicial system?

    I don’t know who Lenny is, although understand he was a sports guy. Great. I learned of him when he won a huge legal case against a bank that was trying to defraud him and take his home. He did this without even needing a lawyer, despite the bank’s 16 or so.

    After winning that case, other attacks came and he was forced to file chapter 11 for his defense projects. In a dastardly move, the court switched his chapter 11 to a chapter 7! So, I think we will be learning soon of his “suicide.” It’s just too embarrassing for both a bank and a court jurisdiction to be exposed as fraudulent by as simple a man as Lenny.

    Affording him no bail? The involvement of the FBI? Couple all this with the public’s perception of him as a greedy idiot. Oh yeah; he’ll overdose on Tylenol while in prison and no autopsy will be performed, despite the requests of family.

    Still feel like bashing Lenny as if you’re the ultimate authority on his character?

    • Reflex - Apr 16, 2011 at 4:43 AM

      Yes. There is plenty of evidence that he is a scumbag. Even if you toss out the current legal woes. What he did to his son. His willingness to cheat, including steroid use. How he ended his career. Various run-ins with other people. His asshole tendencies are well documented and have nothing to do with banks. Thats just icing on the Lenny cake.

    • PanchoHerreraFanClub - Apr 16, 2011 at 8:41 AM

      I can’t believe that I actually agree with Reflex on something. I for one had no idea that there was a corrupt judicial system in the country just deadbeats wanting to skip out on their bad financial decisions. The banking system isn’t corrupt, it is just big time greedy and devoid of any ethics. But if you didn’t know that from the get go on what planet do you live on?

      BTW, acting as his own lawyer tells you what Lenny has for brains. The reason he acted as his own attorney was because even the crookedest lawyer has to have some ethics to stay in business.

      • jwbiii - Apr 16, 2011 at 9:21 AM

        I’m guessing no lawyer would do anything for him until the check cleared. It’s not a matter of ethics, it’s just good business sense.

  13. stairwayto7 - Apr 16, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Hos brother was ona national radio show late Friday night and is writing a book and Leeny’s days in MLB dealing with drugs, roids and partying. He is either telling the truth or wants money so his book is a fake. His brither also stated that no one in family talks to Lenny anymore.

  14. addictedzone - Apr 16, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    He’s got nails for brains.

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