Some people are their own worst enemy. Lenny Dykstra had it all – talent that allowed him to play major league baseball and win a World Series, money, and fame. Unfortunately, his alleged actions after leaving baseball have gone a long way toward casting a pall on what otherwise would be a brilliant career. A denial of a motion to drop federal charges last week is just the latest in a long succession of legal issues for this one-time Mets star.
U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson heard a motion in a Los Angeles federal court last week to dismiss charges ranging from embezzlement to bankruptcy fraud, according to CBS Sports. Dykstra was arrested in April of 2011 for allegedly hiding, selling, or destroying over $400,000 worth of items from a home of his that had been placed in a bankruptcy trust. If he is convicted on all charges, he faces a maximum of 80 years in federal prison.
If that were not enough, Dykstra is already serving three years in prison for grand theft auto and providing a false statement about his finances. In addition, he was sentenced to nine months in jail this year for exposing himself to women he met online.
Dykstra’s legal issues began over 20 years ago when he crashed his car while driving under the influence. He and a former teammate were both injured. Allegations have been made against him in the past of sexual assault and sexual harassment. An investigation conducted by ESPN found that he has faced more than two dozen criminal charges since 2007.
The future appears bleak for this once great talent. However, the hallmark of our justice system is that he is innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of the courts.
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