From Autographs To Grand Theft Auto

This former All-Star has a shocking history and is now paying the price.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

Lenny Dykstra, also known as ‘Nails’ during his playing career, was a three-time All-Star for the Philadelphia Phillies in the ‘90’s. The fan favorite used to nail home runs and stolen bases, actually finishing second in the MVP vote in 1993. Now the only thing Dykstra is nailing is his metaphorical coffin buried in prison time.

Dykstra was sentenced on Monday to three years in a California state prison after pleading no contest to grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Ulfig sentenced the former baseball star after refusing to allow him to withdraw his plea. Ulfig explained that Dykstra showed sophistication and extensive planning in the process of his scam to lease high-end automobiles from dealerships by giving them fraudulent information and claiming credit through a fake business.

"He obviously didn't have the money to get the vehicles," Ulfig said. "His conduct was indeed criminal."

And unfortunately for Dykstra, this really just seems to be the icing on the cake… or would it be the tip of the iceberg? You decide.

‘Nails’ is originally from Santa Ana, Calif. and since his retirement in 1997, his life has seemingly been nothing but a downward spiral.

The 49-year-old Dykstra was arrested last April when police found cocaine, Ecstasy and synthetic human growth hormone inside his Los Angeles home. Initially pleading not guilty to the 25 counts that resulted from the arrest, he changed his plea in October to no contest. In exchange prosecutors dropped 21 of the counts.

The list seems to go on and on.

Dykstra will stand on trial for federal bankruptcy charges this summer. Claiming he owed more than $31 million and had only $50,000 in assets, prosecutors say Dykstra sold or destroyed more than $400,000 worth of items from his $18.5 million mansion without permission of the bankruptcy trustee.

He’s also pleaded not guilty to indecent exposure charges after allegedly exposing himself to women he had met on Craigslist.

In regard to the grand theft auto case, Dykstra’s defense attorney, Andrew Flier, isn’t happy. "No way this wasn't a probationary case," Flier said. "To give him state prison is outrageous. I find it disgusting."

The former baseball star and his team have reportedly said that Dykstra’s ‘celebrity status’ is being held against him, thus weighing down the hammer on his sentence that would have been lessened otherwise. But hasn’t the opposite been argued in the past?

Unless you are an avid baseball fan, I’m sure most don’t even know who Lenny ‘Nails’ Dykstra is. Therefore I wouldn’t consider him a ‘celebrity.’

It seems to me this is a case of another over privileged athlete having no self-control or respect for authority. A former ‘all-star’ thinking he can get away with anything…well, in this case, grand theft auto, drug abuse, federal bankruptcy larceny and indecent exposure.

"I'm doing everything in my power to be a better person," Dykstra said.