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Charlie Sheen Bails Out Lenny Dykstra

4/26/2011 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A friend in need is a friend indeed -- especially when that friend coughs up $22k to bail your ass out of jail ... which is what Charlie Sheen did for his good pal ... former baseball star Lenny Dykstra.


As we previously reported, Lenny -- who filed for bankruptcy back in 2009 -- was popped earlier this month for allegedly embezzling more than $400k from his bankrupt estate  ... a federal crime.

Lenny was held on $150,000 bail for nearly a week -- but it was Charlie to the rescue, by  fronting 15% -- $22,500.

It's only right Charlie helped out Lenny, because just after Sheen was given the boot from "Two and a Half Men" Lenny tried hiring a hot shot lawyer to negotiate Charlie's return.

Charlie tells TMZ, "The rendition guilty trolls that kidnapped my dear friend Nails clearly forgot that he's a fellow Vatican assassin and his best pal is a warlock."

Um, what he said.


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Raymond 3 hours ago

That'd imply tmz lying about what Charlie had told them.

Melissa 3 hours ago

or vice versa

I am with you Melissa

1241 days ago


Oh damn. Look at that. Charlie just added more Meet&Greet photos from Washington and Atlanta on his website. LOL!!! Guess the theory of some that he STOPPED after 4 cities is a bunch of crap:)))

1241 days ago


Okay, Ray-Ray!!

I bow to your obviously superior knowledge and geekdom. Thank you so much for enlightening all of us.

1240 days ago



Some seem to make a mountain out of a molehill, which account deletion. ;) I am a member of three sites, and I have seen quite a few accounts deleted within seconds. But hey. If some want to write a book about it...

1240 days ago


I don't care much about the "delete" option. What I would love here is "quote" option. Copy/paste thing annoys me. LOL

1240 days ago




Thank you both for taking the time to answer my questions. Seems to me that TMZ is perfectly capable of meeting both of my requests - deleting the account and also deleting the comments - if they are willing to. I don't see why they wouldn't be willing to but there may be reasons that I am not yet aware of.

If there are any delays, they would come from the human aspects of administration not the hardware. I would have thought that a 24 hour turn around for responding to my request was reasonable, so now that you seem to confirm that I will go by that guideline.

1240 days ago



Thanks again. We are in agreement - and that feels good, ya know :-).

My impression is also that they don't want to be bothered with users making demands - and that they are not especially savvy. So many people just wander off from online accounts, forget they even had the account, etc. that's its probably just easier for them to go that way here by default. There may even be a disincentive for deleting accounts and comments based on the stats they need to present to advertisers.

I do hope that they plan to change that situation in the future. It really SUCKS (do you hear me HARVEY?) not having the ability to edit our own accounts that way. If I had realized that was the case here before I opened the account, I most likely wouldn't have. Hindsight, 20/20, and all that.

I also believe that they are currently deleting comments by hand - for two reasons. I happened to be constantly in front of the computer watching closely during the time that they were making the change over to this new format. I watched with a bit of fascination as they deleted comments one at a time and it did appear to be done by hand. Then, there is the matter of leaving comments that are replies containing the entire deleted comment intact. That's an oversight like the one you noticed.

While I do appreciate your acknowledgement of the point that has been made, my goal has not been to prove this point to you. Moreover, its not your responsibility that they don't offer us a better - hell, even just a different - way. IF they had responded to my inquires via the ONLY routine method that they made available to us, I would have been happy to take that route and to be on my way. As it turns out, that has not (yet) been the case.

I also agree with you that trying to get them to respond to my request is likely to be a big waste of time. I do believe that they monitor these comments. I also believe that they are aware of this issue, anyway. Geez, lets HOPE that they are that savvy at least. They will do what there are going to do whenever they plan to do it.

So, at this point my best option may be to sign out and check back from time to time to see if I am ever able to delete the account. Its not been quite 24 hours yet so there is still a possibility that they may meet my request anyway. I'll see how things look in the morning.

1240 days ago


P.S. And, referring to your observation (below), if its taking them THIS long to manually delete that troll's messages then they are woefully understaffed in that department as well. It may be freezing in Hades before I hear from them.

~~~~~Because, if you're looking at yesterday's troll, it really seems that some dud has been deleting each of troll's comments by hand. Why I would think so? Because one comment is still left. So account gone, comments gone, but one comment still left. Looks to me like an admin not knowing which knob to turn.

1240 days ago


I don't know if this has been posted or not:

Updated Apr 26, 2011 5:52 PM ET

Lenny Dykstra's attorney said Tuesday earlier reports that Charlie Sheen had bailed the former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder out of jail were untrue, the New York Daily News reported.

"Charlie Sheen has absolutely nothing to do with posting the bond in the federal case," attorney Mark Werksman said.

He said Sheen and Dykstra were friends, but there was "simply no truth" to the reports.

Dykstra, who was charged earlier this month with bankruptcy fraud, was held on $150,000 bail for nearly a week. Entertainment website TMZ and others said Sheen had put forward $22,500, 15 percent of the bond.

Sheen was reported to have said, "The rendition guilty trolls that kidnapped my dear friend Nails [a nickname for Dykstra] clearly forgot that he's a fellow Vatican assassin and his best pal is a warlock."

"It's preposterous," Werksman said.

According to court records, Dykstra's bookkeeper signed a promissory note for the first $75,000 of the bond and a second note for the remaining balance is currently in the works.

Dykstra has previously come to Sheen's aid, hiring a top lawyer to negotiate the troubled actor's return to "Two and a Half Men" after the 45-year-old was fired from the sitcom in March.

1240 days ago


Charlie looks worse every day. And alas, Charlie's not funny any more.

1240 days ago


Well, my account's still here and there is no message from TMZ in my email inbox. Shocking! LOL!

Again, we're in agreement on all points. I don't think that user's comments, demands, requests, complaints, etc. are totally falling on deaf ears. They are likely being noted somehow or somewhere. In the long run, they may make a difference here - but as you noted it will likely be a looooong run.


Raymond 9 hours ago

Yes. There's also that particular forum account deletion problem of breaking discussions. If the deletion of an account also deletes all it's comments, the postings of others would be left dangling in meaninglessness. Which is why some sites just anonymize comments of deleted accounts.

Apart from that, it looks like this site was made on the cheap and is still heavily in the making, and very slowly with regard discussion functionality. Just remember the recent "report" button and whatever update. Which was a small update.

Whatever they're still planning to do (or not), I'd expect it to take ages

1240 days ago



Yes, and this small change also coincided with the introduction of the new ad format on the home page. At this rate, what's it gonna take to get a fully functional discussion format here? One that includes a fully functional edit option for user's accounts? I wanna say - geez Harvey, TMZ, WB's - whoever is in charge of budgeting for this website - why so cheap? Don't you care more than that? Heck, set up a donation button maybe the regulars will chip in :-). Oh, well - OK - now I've said it. I'm done on this topic.

Raymond 9 hours ago

Just remember the recent "report" button and whatever update. Which was a small update.

1240 days ago


whos gonna watch the new law and order episode that jay mohr is pretty much playing a killer charlie sheen haha

1239 days ago


Art Schlichter was indicted -I understand i did it for years in my own gambling addiction Arnie Wexler Boynton Beach, FL Saturday, April 30, 2011
Art Schlichter was indicted -"I understand i did it for years in my own gambling addiction" Arnie Wexler

Art Schlichter, the former Ohio State quarterback was indicted today on 13 felony counts in connection with the ticket-selling scheme that swindled people out of more than $1 million.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 02:52 AM

By Mike Wagner


"A lot of people think Arthur is just a crook, and I understand that," said Arnie Wexler of Boynton Beach, Fla., a national expert on compulsive gambling who, on occasion, informally counseled Schlichter for nearly 20 years. "This addiction makes you do crazy things and turns you into one of the best liars in the world. I don't think anyone has dealt with more compulsive gamblers than I have, and I'm telling you, Arthur is one of the sickest people I have ever encountered."

Wexler said he wrote Schlichter a "hard" letter about 10 years ago explaining that he shouldn't let people feed his ego or treat him as a star if he intended to truly overcome the addiction.

He said Schlichter has refused to speak to him since.

"People keep wondering how Arthur is able to get money from all these people," Wexler said. "Gamblers know how to do this. Gamblers say, 'My car broke, my kid is sick, I can get you tickets, I can double your money,' and on and on. There isn't a real compulsive gambler who hasn't committed some kind of criminal act to support the habit."





Written for the NY Daily News (2/5/95)



It was a rainy Friday afternoon in 1983. The late Dr. Robert L. Custer , whom was the "father" of treatment for compulsive gambling, asked me to drive him to Long Island, N. Y , to visit one of his patients. This patient had entered an in-patient treatment center for compulsive gambling. As we drove along the bumpy Long Island Expressway, I had no idea whom we were going to visit. It didn't matter to me, as I would have done anything for Dr. Custer, since by now we had become personal friends. As a compulsive gambler , in recovery for about 15 years, I had learned the only way I could keep my recovery was to reach out to another suffering compulsive gambler. Even though it was a long time ago, I could still remember the pain that gambling caused me and my family and friends. I always loved the time I spent with Dr. Custer , but this particular time was really special, since most of the discussion focused on recovery from compulsive gambling.

We arrived at the treatment center and went to see Dr. Bob's patient. We talked for about an hour. He was a young man, about 21 years old and very handsome. He had the body of an athlete, seemed very intelligent and appeared to have quite a lot of potential. Yet, there was no doubt that he was a compulsive gambler and already had many losses including his career being in jeopardy. He was very likable and we hit it off immediately. For the next couple of weeks many of the conversations I had with Dr. Custer were about this patient. About three months later, in Bethesda Maryland, in the home of Dr. Custer,we met again. In the following year we met and spoke on the phone frequently. It seemed to me that we were becoming good friends. Even though he relapsed a few times over the next few years, we still kept in touch, often. During that time he still had the ability to perform in his career but his employers were afraid that the gambling addiction might interfere. Unlike alcoholics and drug addict, who get second chances, it is more difficult for compulsive gamblers to get second chances . In the meantime, the young man got married and got a job in another field. He had his own radio show, and as most compulsive gamblers , he was able to succeed at this new endeavor. However, recovery continued to elude him. His pain was getting greater and greater. He wanted to stop, but couldn't. The need to gamble was stronger than his power to stop by himself. No compulsive gambler can stop on his or her own. He needed the help of other recovering people, but he was still struggling with this concept. The addiction had him by the throat and was destroying him little by little .

The death of Dr. Custer (in the mid 80's) was a terrible loss to me and I know it had to be a tremendous loss for this patient. A few years later, his wife gave birth to their first daughter. Now they had become a family. Over the next few years we were still having contact over the phone. Often he would talk about his wife and his daughter and how much he loved them.

Last year, before the Super Bowl, I was a guest on his radio show. The discussion was about compulsive gambling. Even though he hadn't stopped gambling himself, he was still eager to carry the message about the devastation of compulsive gambling to his audience. Shortly thereafter he took a "geographical cure" and moved to Las Vegas, the Mecca of gambling in America. For most gamblers this town is Heaven, but for compulsive gamblers it's Hell. Again he was a host of a successful radio show.

With all the phone calls over the years, we had not seen each other for about five years. Last week was the first time I saw him, again. I was on one side of a glass partition, he was on the other. The visit took place in the North Las Vegas Correctional Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. As with all compulsive gamblers they will pursue their gambling into the gates of prison, insanity or death. As we talked over the prison phone, my life, prior to recovery, flashed before my eyes. Thank God I had stopped when I did or I could have been on the other side of the partition. At this time I am fortunate enough to have had recovery for twenty-six years, one day at a time. My friend told me that he had eight nine days without a bet. He said that now he believes he can stop and he wants to. That's how recovery can begin. You admit you are a compulsive gambler and you have the desire to stop.

The next day I saw him in Court for sentencing on the charge of bank fraud. I had the privilege to be asked by him and his attorney to explain the issue of compulsive gambling to the court. Not in my wildest dreams could I have believed that in my recovery I, or anyone else would ever be asked to speak in a Federal court about compulsive gambling.

With a room full of reporters, a family member, friends and some recovering compulsive gamblers, the Judge sentenced him to twenty-four months in jail. When I heard the sentence I got a pain in my stomach, my hands started to sweat and I could feel his pain. When the defendant stood in front of the Judge, his only request was to serve his sentence in a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, so he could be closer to his wife and his two children.

Although we have come a long way in the area of compulsive gambling awareness, there is still virtually no help in the Federal correctional system. It seems to me that it would be very difficult for a compulsive gambler to find recovery or stay in recovery in this type of setting. I believe the federal correctional system should provide some of the following services: counseling services, Gamblers Anonymous meetings within the facility,and education and reading materials on compulsive gambling and it's recovery. I believe strongly, that incarceration time should be reduced in lieu of alternatives like halfway houses or in-patient treatment facilities. In addition I think that sentencing should include making full restitution(within a realistic budget), community service, continued attendance at Gamblers Anonymous and on-going counseling services

It is ironic that he was sentenced two days before the Super Bowl because if not for the fact that he is a compulsive gambler ART SCHLICHTER might have been the starting Quarterback in the game.

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Is Lenny Dykstra an addicted gambler ?


If he is ! we now have two x professional athletes sitting in jail because of a gambling addiction. And you can be sure they are not the only ones.

Art Schlichter and Lenny Dykstra
Former MLB Star Lenny Dykstra Charged in Bankruptcy Fraud Case
Former Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter back in jail

When Will Sports Confront Gambling Problems of Its Own Athletes?

Athletes may be more vulnerable than the general population when you look at the soft signs of compulsive gambling: high Levels of energy; unreasonable expectations of winning; very competitive personalities; distorted optimism; and bright with high IQs

It is time for college and professional sports to run a real program to help players who might have a gambling problem or gambling addiction problem. Yet college and professional sports still do not want to deal with this. They do not want the media and public to think there is a problem.

One sports insider said to me: "Teams need to have a real program for players, coaches and referees, and they need to let somebody else run it. When you do it in-house, it's like the fox running the chicken coop. You must be kidding yourself if you think any player, coach or referee is going to call the league and say, 'I've got a gambling problem, and I need help.' "

The gambler is eventually able to remove themselves from reality to the point of being totally obsessed with gambling. Eventually, they will do anything to get the money with which to stay in "action". They will spend all their time and energy developing schemes in order to get the money to continue gambling. Lying becomes a way of life for the gambler. They will try to convince others and themselves that their lies are actually truths and they will believe there own lies.

People keep asking me how gamblers are able to get money from all these people, Wexler said. "Gamblers know how to do this. I did it for years to support my own gambling addiction. Gamblers will say, 'My car broke, my kid is sick, I can get you tickets, I can double your money,' and on and on. There isn't a real compulsive gambler who has reached bottom (after using all there $) who hasn't committed some kind of criminal act to support the habit."

Compulsive gambling is a progressive disease, much like an addiction to alcohol or drugs. In many cases, the gambling addiction is hidden until the gambler becomes unable to function without gambling, and he or she begins to exclude all other activities from their lives. Inability to stop gambling often results in financial devastation, broken homes, employment problems, criminal acts. Most even at that point will keep gambling some will end up in jail some will attempt suicide some will die from their addiction as they will not take care of their health or the stress will kill them.

All three diseases are recognized by the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. Yet, we treat compulsive gambling differently from the other two.

Society and professional sports treat people with chemical dependency and alcoholism as sick people, send them to treatment, and get them back to work. Yet society looks at compulsive gamblers as bad people, and they get barred from playing professional sports. Something is wrong with that.

The following is the diagnostic criteria from the DSM-IV for 312.31 (Pathological Gambling):

Persistent and recurrent maladaptive gambling behavior as indicated by at least five of the following:

is preoccupied with gambling (e.g., preoccupied with reliving past gambling experiences, handicapping or planning the next venture, or thinking of ways to get money with which to gamble)
needs to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement
has repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop gambling
is restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling
gambles as a way of escaping from problems or of relieving a dysphoric mood (e.g., feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, depression.
after losing money gambling, often returns another day in order to get even ("chasing" one's losses)
lies to family members, therapist, or others to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling
has committed illegal acts, such as forgery, fraud, theft, or embezzlement, in order to finance gambling
has jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job, or educational or career opportunity because of gambling
relies on others to provide money to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling
I run a national help line (1-888-GAMBLER). And over the years, I have spoken to many college and professional athletes who had a gambling problem. An NCAA study a few years ago said, "There is a disturbing trend of gambling among athletes in college." You can't think that these people will get into the pros and then just stop gambling.

I am a recovering compulsive gambler who placed my last bet on April 10, 1968. I have been fighting the injustice of how sports, society and the judicial system deal with compulsive gamblers for 43 years.

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