Lenny Dykstra, the baseball bad boy who starred for New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies in the ’80s and ’90s, is in trouble once again. Dysktra was arrested early Wednesday after police in New Jersey allege he threatened to kill his Uber driver while carrying a variety of drugs.
The driver ran from the car and told the officers that moments earlier he had picked up Dykstra in Linden for a scheduled fare. Dykstra tried to change the destination, and when the driver refused, Dykstra allegedly put a weapon to his head and threatened to kill him, police said.
No weapon was located, but police said they did recover a quantity of cocaine, MDMA and marijuana among Dykstra’s belongings.
What were Dykstra’s past troubles?
The post-baseball career of Dykstra, 55, has been full of problems. Most notably, he was sentenced to three years in prison in 2012 for grand theft auto and filing a false financial statement. But he served just six and a half months of his sentence. Since getting out, he’s maintained his outspoken personality and wrote a book titled “House of Nails: A Memoir of Life on the Edge,” which was released in 2016.
See Dykstra through the years:
Former MLB star Lenny Dykstra
Former MLB star Lenny Dykstra
1985: Lenny Dykstra #4 of the New York Mets bats during a game in the circa 1985 season. Dykstra played for the Mets from 1985-89. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - CIRCA 1985: Lenny Dykstra #4 of the New York Mets looks on during batting practice prior to the start of a Major League Baseball game circa 1985 at Shea Stadium in the Queens borough of New York City. Dykstra played for the Mets in 195-89. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
FLUSHING, NY - AUGUST 1986: Lenny Dykstra #4 of the New York Mets celebrates after hitting a home run in August 1986 in Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 1986: Outfielder Lenny Dykstra #4 of the New York Mets makes a throw to the infield during the World Series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on October 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
1987: Lenny Dykstra #4 of the New York Mets stands on the sideline during a game in the 1987 season. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - JUNE 1988: Outfielders Lenny Dykstra #4 and Darryl Strawberry #18 of the New York Mets sit in the dugout with pitcher Dwight Gooden (C) during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium in June 1988 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 1989: Lenny Dykstra of the New York Mets takes batting practice before a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants played during August, 1989 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
1989: Lenny Dykstra #4 of the Philadelphia Phillies stands on the field during a game in the circa 1989 season. Dykstra played for the Phillies 1989-96 (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Outfielder Lenny Dykstra of the Philadelphia Phillies fields a ball during a game.
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - 1991: Lenny Dykstra of the Philadelphia Phillies poses for a portrait before a major league baseball spring training game in Clearwater, Florida prior to the 1991 season. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
29 Apr 1993: Outfielder Lenny Dykstra of the Philadelphia Phillies stands on the field during a game against the San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California.
PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 19: Lenny Dykstra #4 of the Philadelphia Phillies bats during Game three of the 1993 World Series against the Toronto Blue Jays at Veterans Stadium on October 19, 1993 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Blue Jays defeated the Phillies 10-3. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 444 -- Pictured: (l-r) Baseball player Lenny Dykstra during an interview with host Jay Leno on April 25, 1994 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
7 Mar 1998: Outfielder Lenny Dykstra of the Philadelphia Phillies in action during a spring training game against the Cincinnati Reds at the Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport
Lenny Dykstra poses for a portrait in the penthouse apartment he is renting. The man professional baseball once dubbed 'Nails' for his neverï¿½giveï¿½up, takeï¿½noï¿½prisoners approach to play, is grayï¿½haired and grizzled looking these days. His fortune is gone and the multiï¿½million dollar Thousand Oaks mansion he bought from Wayne Gretzky at the height of the last housing boom is trapped in a messy personal bankruptcy. But much like his days as a professional athlete, Dykstra is not going down softly or quietly. He is facing off against a host of creditors who say he owes them millions. He has accused the trustee in his bankruptcy case of fraud. And perhaps most boldly, he is asking the court to pursue claims against Wall Street titan JP Morgan Chase, saying he was defrauded by a mortgage broker into taking out a 'predatory' home loan when he bought the Gretzky mansion in the summer of 2007. (Photo by Katie Falkenberg/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 19: Lenny Dykstra attends the 69th Annual Artists and Writers Softball Game at Herrick Park on August 19, 2017 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)
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Dykstra has declared bankruptcy, been to rehab, admitted to using steroids – his post-baseball life has basically been a BINGO card of bad life decisions.
What’s next in this case?
For this latest incident, Dykstra was charged with third-degree making terroristic threats and various drug offenses, according to The Courier Post. He was released but is due back in court next month.