A History of Sports Champions With Rap Sheets

Lenny Dykstra

Sport: Baseball
Team(s): New York Mets
Champion: 1986 World Series
Offense: Bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets, money laundering, auto theft, indecent exposure
Sentence: Three and a half years

Lenny Dykstra was one of the many stars on the 1986 New York Mets with a troubled life off the field. In July 2009, Dykstra filed for bankruptcy even though one year ago, he was reportedly worth $58 million. In the documents, he claimed to be the victim of mortgage fraud from the $17.5 million California home he purchased from Wayne Gretzky. In addition, Dykstra owed money to a number of banks and a law firm totaling over $15 million when the Gretzky house was found to have damage to the flooring and multiple water spots. At the time, Dykstra was living out of his car and fighting with the Fireman's Fund insurance company in an effort to get them to pay for the problems with the house.

After selling off other items, like his 1986 championship ring, a federal trustee in Dykstra's bankruptcy case claimed that Dykstra was lying about his assets and nearly one year later (2011), he was arrested for grand theft. On Dec. 3, 2012, Dykstra was sentenced to six and a half months for bankruptcy fraud while already serving a three year sentence for grand theft auto. A far cry from the 80 years he could've faced, if he were convicted of all charges.

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