The Associated Press
ESPN.com’s Mike Fish posted the latest compelling extended story (linked here) about the life and times of Lenny Dykstra, living in Wayne Gretzky’s former Sherwood Country Club mansion (and unable to sell it), struggling to pay bills on his high-end magazine, but pushing ahead as only you’d expect from the take-no-crap approach by the former big-leaguer and car-wash owner trying to stay afloat in the West Valley.
As Dykstra talks about shuttling around out of the Camarillo Airport to his latest money-making adventure, there are some telling excerpts worth throwing out here:
“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.”
As for the Gretzky living quarters he currently resides in:
“The Gretzky estate that Dykstra bought for $18.5 million — he planned to flip it for a sweet profit before the housing market belly flopped — now sits vacant and is listed at $16.5 million. According to public records, four notes and deeds of trust are held against the property, totaling more than $13 million. One of the note holders, Index Investors LLC, filed a default notice in March, alleging Dykstra was behind on his payments in the amount of $422,436.
“An official with the Ventura County Tax Collector’s Office told ESPN.com that, as of April 21, Dykstra owes nearly $400,000 in back taxes on the Gretzky house as well as his own longtime residence in the same gated luxury community.”
The story reports that on April 16, Terri Dykstra, his wife of more than 20 years and mother of their three kids, including Cutter, who’s now in the minor leagues, filed for divorce. Cutter, 19, is with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Single-A Midwest League, the Milwaukee Brewers’ farm team.
Members of Dykstra’s family are lined up on the list of those to whom he owes money. His older brother, Brian, has yet to collect a $12,000 judgment awarded by the California Labor Relations Board. His younger brother, Kevin, alleges Dykstra cheated him out of $4 million on the sale of the family-run car washes, though Kevin hasn’t filed suit.
This final quote from Brian Dykstra:
“It is sad what has become of Lenny. My young son still loves his Uncle Lenny, though he never gets to see him. People ask all the time about Lenny. I tell my son, ‘You tell them, Nails is your uncle and you’re Little Nails.’ We stay positive with that. Lately, we want to tell [people] he’s a son of a bitch, that bastard. We’re mad at him.
“I think he should get on his knees and pray every night for the next couple months [that] things will start changing.”