Dykstra Roughed Up by Cops; Bankrupt MLB Star, Financial Guru Sentenced

Tuesday, 04 Dec 2012 10:24 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Former Major League Baseball star Lenny Dykstra was struck and injured by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies following his arrest last year, it was revealed on Monday as the 49-year-old New York Mets legend was sentenced to six and a half months for bankruptcy fraud.

The ball player turned entrepreneur received a bloody nose as authorities “used force to restrain Dykstra,.” according to sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore. The struggle occurred after “Dykstra became agitated and assaulted a med-tech and a nurse,” said Whitmore, who disputed prior reports that Dykstra's teeth had been damaged during the struggle.

During Monday’s hearing in Los Angeles before U.S. District Court Judge Dean D. Pregerson, the former baseball great was also ordered to pay $200,000 and perform 500 hours of community service.

Dykstra had agreed to a plea deal, prior to which he faced a potential sentence of up to 20 years.

Dykstra, who was known as “Nails” by his fans for his tenacious style of play on the field, is remembered by many for the role he played during the New York Mets World Series victory in 1986.

After retiring from baseball in 1998, Dykstra managed a stock portfolio for celebrities and launched a jet-charter company and magazine aimed at professional athletes. In 2009, Dykstra filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing $50 million in liabilities while claiming to have only less than $50,000 in assets.

In April 2011, Dykstra was arrested for selling sports memorabilia and household items from his mansion in Ventura County, Calif. A condition of his bankruptcy prohibited Dykstra from selling any property.

In addition to this bankruptcy fraud charge, since 2009 the former baseball great has faced separate charges of assault with a deadly weapon and lewd conduct, as well as a conviction involving a car finance scam in which he gave California car dealerships fraudulent information in an attempt to lease high-end automobiles.

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