Lenny Dykstra: "Government Stole Everything From Me"
Says: I Was "Nailed, Jailed & Bailed"
Is the government out to destroy former Major League all-star Lenny Dykstra?
Or is "Nails" really nuts?
In a rambling and bizarre email sent by Len Dykstra (nicknamed Nails) early this morning and obtained by truTV, the former Mets and Phillies star star fires off numerous charges against the FBI and a "corrupt group of people masquerading as attorneys," saying they're trying to "execute" him. He also accuses the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department of throwing him in an "underground" jail and "assault[ing]" and "tortur[ing]" him like "some kind of animal... because they thought it was funny."
Dykstra retired from baseball in 1996 and then ran a string of successful business ventures, upping his net worth to an estimated $60 million. But in 2009 he filed for bankruptcy, listing nearly $50 million in liabilities, and was living out of his car, according to an interview he gave with CNBC.
In April, Dykstra was arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto and just last week, he was indicted by a federal grand jury in California on 13 counts of bankruptcy fraud and obstruction over allegations that he stole, hid and destroyed more than $400,000 worth of property that was to have been used to pay his creditors.
In Dykstra's 10-page email, full of legal arguments, thoughts about God, a paranoid recap of his week in the L.A. County Jail and strange non-sequitors, he notes that he is anxious "to tell my side of the story so all of America will finally know and hear the truth surrounding my particular set of circumstances."
He goes on:
What you are about to read could not be made up. What I have somehow lived through the past two and a half years, and continue to live through now, makes me fully understand that God would never make someone endure what I have endured, unless there was a reason for it.
That being said, I was wrong when I thought God put me on this earth to entertain people on the baseball field. Remember, I was pretty good at that.