Former Met Lenny Dykstra arrested

Former Met Lenny Dykstra arrested

"I screwed up big-time. I'm human," Dykstra said in the article. "I wish I could change what happened, but I can't. What happened was because of poor judgment on my part. I'm sorry about what the fans and the kids had to find out. I not only hurt myself, I hurt the team."

26 Mayıs 2018 - 02:00

Lenny Dykstra, the 55-year-old former star outfielder for the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, and current Linden resident, is as infamous for his bevy of off-field incidents and run-ins with the law as he is for his on-field play.

He was arrested again on Wednesday, this time on charges he threatened to kill an Uber driver while in possession of cocaine and ecstasy, authorities said.

But that was not even close to the beginning of the legal problems for Dykstra, a 1986 World Series champion, three-time All Star and 12-year MLB veteran.

His exploits include a drunk driving crash, indecent exposure charges, sexual assault allegations, a federal bankruptcy case and grand theft auto case that landed him in jail for several months.

Dykstra began his career as a prized prospect before being called up to the big leagues by the New York Mets in 1985. He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1989. It was shortly after that trade that his legal woes began.


The problems started in May, 1991, just two years after the trade, when Dykstra and Phillies teammate, catcher Darren Daulton, were returning from a bachelor party for John Kruk, another teammate.

Dykstra lost control of his car and smashed into two trees in Pennsylvania and was found to have a blood-alcohol level of .178, according to an article from the New York Times.

Dykstra suffered a broken right collarbone, three broken ribs and a broken cheekbone, and a punctured lung.

"I screwed up big-time. I'm human," Dykstra said in the article. "I wish I could change what happened, but I can't. What happened was because of poor judgment on my part. I'm sorry about what the fans and the kids had to find out. I not only hurt myself, I hurt the team."

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Star Ledger File Photo

Three years after his retirement, Dykstra was arrested in October 1999 on charges that he sexually harassed a 17-year-old female employee at a car wash he owned in Simi Valley, CA, according to a CBS article.

At the time of the arrest, Dykstra spokesman Allan Mayer said the teenager claimed Dykstra touched her outside her clothing.

He was cleared of the misdemeanor charges of sexual battery and child annoyance in November 1999.

 


Dykstra was one of dozens of players named in the December 2007 Mitchell Report, a 21-month investigation by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell into steroid use in Major League Baseball.

Dykstra has admitted his steroid use on multiple occasions including his comments in a book by Randall Lane, The Zeroes: My Misadventures in the Decade Wall Street Went Insane.

"You know, I was like a pioneer for that stuff," Dykstra said. "The juice. I was like the very first to do that. Me and (Jose) Canseco."

He later joked that he put HGH "in (his) cereal."

"We're talking about the difference of making $30 million or getting a real job and working and making $60,000," Dykstra said. "Do you want the guy next to you taking them and you're not going to take them?"

Other players named in the report were Barry Bonds, baseball's career home run leader, and former Yankees Jason Giambi and Roger Clemens.

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Associated Press Photo

In 2011, Dykstra's housekeeper accused him of sexual assault, but prosecutors declined to file charges after they cited a lack of evidence, according to the LA Times.

The article states that the woman alleged that Dykstra forced her to give him oral sex on Saturdays and that she did not report the alleged assaults until after he failed to pay her $2,000 he owed her.


Kaynak:Nj.com

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