Lenny Dykstra insists he has not broken the law.
“I did not commit a crime, and now I have the evidence to prove it,” Dykstra told the New York Daily News last Wednesday.
But the former big league outfielder got nailed anyway. He copped a plea to felony grand auto theft rather than face a 25-count indictment.
Dykstra’s attempt to un-cop that plea failed.
The former major league outfielder and self-styled financial genius spent five months locked up in a county jail this summer. He figures to enjoy further incarceration now that Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Eulfig has given him a three-year sentence.
“They locked me up in maximum security like Hannibal Lecter,” he complained to the Daily News. “I couldn’t use the phone and didn’t have a visitor for four months. I couldn’t communicate with the outside world. What happened to innocent until proven guilty?”
According to the Daily News:
Police arrested Dykstra and two co-defendants last April, saying the trio leased a Ford Flex, a Lincoln and a Ford Mustang using phony statements tied to a fraudulent company.
Dykstra’s new plea motion includes exhibits purportedly showing that his start-up, Home-Free Systems LLC, was registered in New York by Manhattan lawyer Moshe Mortner and had an employer tax record with Uncle Sam.
“They locked me up and did not investigate this case. If the detective would have contacted my New York lawyer and done his job, he would have learned my company was real,” Dykstra told The News.
Dykstra’s legal troubles are not over. Federal prosecutors claim he embezzled $400,000 from his bankrupt estate. Then there is the lesser beef on allegations he exposed him man parts to women who answered ads for housekeeping and assistant jobs on Craigslist.com.
CRUMMY EFFORT OF THE NIGHT
The Cleveland Cavaliers lost their sixth consecutive game – and their fourth in a row at home – 109-100 to Utah. Keep in mind that the Jazz had lost six straight road games.
“We are hoping sooner or later someone in the locker room gets ticked off besides me,” Cavs coach Byron Scott told reporters afterward. “That’s what it boils down to.”
FROM THE TWEETDECK
Mark Kriegel: “The real question for #Syracuse: what have you been doing all these years, self-reporting or self-medicating?”
John Ourand: “Colbert on Bountygate: "The most damning NFL scandal in years not involving the word ‘sex boat.’”
Kim English: “Bowlers don't set the pins up, they just knock them down. Can penalize #Drexel for their league. 11 true road wins.”
Mark Whicker: “Toughest part about being an Edmonton Oiler? Trying to set a club record in something.”
Stewart Mandel: “When watching games on ESPN this week, try to remember Joe Lunardi is not an actual selection committee member.”
FROM THE BLOG-O-SPEAR
The folks at Kissing Suzy Kolber wonder what the Buffalo Bills are up to:
Last October, the Bills made sure to lock down quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a long-term deal considerably more lucrative than perhaps a guy with just a few decent starts should have garnered. IT’S THE HARVARD PEDIGREE THAT MERITS IT! Nevertheless, with $24 million in guaranteed money tied to the guy, they’re gonna be committed to him for a little while.
They’re not done there, though. Buffalo is still throwing money at their core of flawed stars. The Bills have now given receiver Stevie Johnson a five-year, $36 million contract. Because anytime you can give big money to a no. 1 receiver who makes news exclusively through his Twitter blasphemy, end zone dances and dropped passes at critical moments, you do it.
Anyway, Fitzmagic was so pleased by this latest development that he shaved what sort of appears to be a swastika in the side of his head with the message “He’s back”.