Friday, February 22, 2008

Lenny Dykstra Sued.

Lenny Dykstra said he's looking forward to fighting a lawsuit brought by an accounting firm Thursday that claims he owes at least $111,000 because he wants people to stop trying to rip off ballplayers.

"Did they actually think I would pay that much for a tax return? That's insane," Dykstra said in a telephone interview from Thousand Oaks, California, where he now lives.

The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan's U.S. District Court, claims Dykstra failed to pay DDK & Co. LLP, of Manhanttan, for accounting and tax work done last year.

The company says a bill for $111,097 was sent last June to Dykstra and his wife.

"I looked at that and I laughed," said Dykstra, who played for the Mets and the Phillies during a 12-year career.

He said he was amazed a company would charge so much for one year's tax return.

The company said in the lawsuit that the tab has since grow to about $138,872. Company lawyer Benjamin J. Golub declined to comment further.

Dykstra said he was working to create a monthly magazine and a club that players could join to protect themselves in dealing with issues like this.