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, “There are serious issues concerning the truthfulness of some of his statements. For instance, Mund doesn’t believe Dykstra, who is representing himself in his bankruptcy case, is actually writing his own legal papers.
“I write ’em all, dude” , said Dykstra in an interview. “I 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.”
“Mr. 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 “sleeping on the street.”
Dykstra admitted he’s not literally on the street and says he’s now living in a high rise on the Wilshire corridor in downtown L.A. He sidestepped questions about how he came by the apartment.
“I just happen to be one of those lucky kind of guys,” said Dykstra “I’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)