Lenny Dykstra played in the major leagues for 12 years and he appeared to be on a solid post-career path, writing a stock-picking column and heading several privately held companies.
But he hasn't been able to hold it together since buying a mansion five years ago for more than $18 million. The 49-year-old Dykstra has battled substance abuse, allegations of sexual misconduct and had a host of legal problems.
On Monday, the player once known as ''Nails'' is scheduled to be sentenced by a federal judge for hiding and selling sports memorabilia and other items that were supposed to be part of his bankruptcy filing. Prosecutors are asking for a 2 1/2-year sentence, though he could face 20 years.
In arguing for prison time, prosecutors describe Dykstra as an arrogant athlete who rejected authority and believed there were no repercussions for his actions.
Dykstra ''has acted as if he was above the law for years, disregarding those who stood between him and what he wanted,'' Assistant ...