04.11.10

Nails : (Judge) Geraldine, I Need Money (For The Frivilous Things That I Do)

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With full apologies to the Classic Ruins’ Frank Rowe (above) for the headline, it should be stressed that some folks can’t merely sell a $7 million penthouse when they’re skint or close to it. Embattled ex-Mets/Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra learned this week that U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Geraldine Mund had rejected his bid to voluntarily dismiss his Chapter 7 case. From Friday’s Wall Street Journal and Patrick Fitzgerald of the Bankruptcy Beat :

In a strongly worded rebuke, Mund criticized Dykstra™s œlitigious attitude and unrealistic hopes and noted, œThere are serious issues concerning the truthfulness of some of his statements. For instance, Mund doesn™t believe Dykstra, who™s representing himself in his bankruptcy case, is actually writing his own legal papers.

œI write ™em all, dude, said Dykstra in an interview. œI had to correct her on that. I said Your Honor, people have been telling me all my life, ˜you can™t do this, you can™t do that.™ If I™m not writing them, who the [expletive] is? I AM writing them.

œMr. Dykstra has many dreams and high hopes, but these are not always based on reality, the judge said. She also has her doubts about Dykstra™s repeated claims that he was œsleeping on the street.

Dykstra admitted he™s not literally on the street and says he™s now living in a high rise œon the Wilshire corridor in downtown L.A. He sidestepped questions about how he came by the apartment.

œI just happen to be one of those lucky kind of guys, said Dykstra œI™m a [expletive] lightning rod for money OK? But that doesn™t change the fact that I was put on the street.

(thanks to Sam Hunt for the link to the NY TImes’ Real Estate story)

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