Lenny Dykstra, Former Mets Great, Charged With Exposing Himself To 6 Women
By Mack Rawden 2011-08-25 22:04:56
As a baseball player, Lenny Dykstra played the game with a reckless abandon. He crashed into walls to make catches, dove headfirst into bases to beat out throws and generally punished his body to help the Mets and later the Phillies win ballgames. Unfortunately, that out of control aggression also carried over into his personal life, and because of it, the former star center fielder is now facing a slew of charges from fraud to indecent exposure that could send him to jail for the rest of his life.
Less than five years ago, Dykstra's net worth was publically estimated at more than fifty million dollars. He had his hands in everything from car washes to magazines, but at some point, the empire started to crumble. Dozens of creditors started filing lawsuits, former business partners started accusing him of shady dealings and perhaps worst of all, six women came forward claiming he lured them to his house under false pretenses of a job, only to expose himself and demand massages. The victims all responded to various ads the former baseball player posted on Craigslist seeking a secretary and/ or personal assistant.
According to Reuters, the forty-eight year old was officially charged today with two misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure. If convicted, he could be sentenced to six months in jail, but that measly penalty is dwarfed by the possible repercussions from his other upcoming court cases. In addition to all the lawsuits, Dykstra has been charged with grand theft auto for running a faulty car rental company, lying under oath about his assets in bankruptcy court and stealing more than four hundred thousand dollars in property after the government placed a lien against it. In all, he supposedly owes at least ten million dollars and could face up to eighty years in jail.
It's at this point in the story that I'd like to link you to the walk-off home run Dykstra hit in game three of the 1986 NLCS, but Major League Baseball and YouTube are not friends. If you watched that game live, think back and remember that moment that made so many Mets fans proud. That kid is worth remembering. Too bad the guy he grew into isn't.