EPSN compiled an in-depth story on Ex-Philadelphia Philly, Ex-New York Met Lenny Dykstra once known as 'Nails". Dykstra was a hustling aggressive ballplayer in the MLB, but when it was revealed that Nails used steroids to juice up his play, his athletic reputation appeared a a bit rusted. (commentary at Deadspin) Now, like other steroid cheats (Marion Jones, Barry Bonds, Tim Montgomery) we see his business dealings are also fraudulent.
Fish's article looks at the fraud that is Lenny Dykstra's business 'empire'. Like the fake stats he juiced up in baseball, Dykstra fraudulently juices up his business acumen, massaging the data to look great, meanwhile he lies, cheats, misrepresents, and defrauds his clients, friends and family.
And after thumbing through a series of lawsuits that stretches from coast to coast and chatting up his business associates, you wonder if this aspiring financial Pied Piper is, indeed, living in a fantasyland. You wonder if the dream, built on glitz and greed in a time of economic uncertainty, is a teetering house of cards. You wonder if anyone this side of Bernie Madoff has ticked off more people -- business partners and family, alike -- than Lenny K. Dykstra.
The lawsuits suggest that one of two things is going on here: Either Lenny hates to pay his bills, or he's a financial train wreck.
Just in the past two years, Dykstra has been the subject of at least 24 legal actions, including 18 since November. Three suits hit the courts on Jan. 29. He's been sued by publishers and print companies, by three different groups of pilots and by a Maryland-based financial and litigation consulting firm that offered expert testimony on his behalf in an earlier lawsuit. He's even been sued by a die-hard Mets fan who was the best man at his wedding 20-some years ago, though that New York investor claims there is no bad blood.
Dykstra cheated at baseball with steroids and PEDs, and it also appears he cheats at business. Critical point: look at Barry Bonds, Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery, and Lenny Dystra. Heck, look at A-Rod too. These athletes expose serious character flaws that cheat the games, the fans, their competitors, and now their clients.
Those who say illicit steroid and PED use presents no big deal need to answer to the cheating. The cheaters are consistently flawed and frequently fraudulent. Sports fraud leads to business fraud leads to personal fraud leads to a wacky moral compass.
Baseball may not be really important or as revered as devotees think. Then again, ostensibly the sport offers a break from the stress of life...the sport defines itself between the lines where the setting is controlled and the results immediate. Man v man, like the old days. However, the cheating and back-stabbing that now takes place daily in the business sphere, is mirrored between the lines. Great refuge huh? Human nature, huh?
If Baseball doesn't give a dran about reputation, let the cheaters go on about their way, and we look on the sport as an interesting pastime, kinda like Vegas. However devotees demand 'integrity'. Clean up the game and the records if that is the case From 1990 on there is little integrity in the game in the 'Steroid Era'.
Dystra's brother turned against him, after the business burns; guess who supplied Nails with Roids:
Kevin Dykstra acknowledges that he briefed investigators for the Mitchell report as well as Major League Baseball security on what he describes as Lenny's use of recreational and performance-enhancing drugs during his playing days. Kevin says he was a source of the drugs for his brother, even after Lenny's baseball career ended.
And here is what the tainted records are worth:
So Dykstra, an assistant and a driver dash out of his office en route to the meeting, carrying plastic-wrapped bundles of The Players Club magazine. Inside the office elevator, Dykstra lifts his right leg like a dog relieving itself -- he retains a degree of the old flexibility -- and farts.