Dykstra’s attorneys stressed their client has learned a valuable lesson and has paid a high price for his celebrity status. Potashner said in court that Dykstra was “beaten to a pulp” recently while in a Los Angeles County jail and had some teeth knocked out.
Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department, said there had been a fight involving Dykstra and some deputies in April after the former ball player had to be taken to a hospital for undisclosed reasons. Dykstra was the aggressor and had to be physically restrained, Whitmore said.
On Monday, Dykstra had about a dozen supporters in court, including his ex-wife and his son, Cutter, who is playing for the Washington Nationals’ Single-A team in Maryland.
As the gray-haired Dykstra was being led away from court, he turned to the group and gave a thumbs-up.
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