Compared to, say, national baseball analysts John Kruk and Mitch Williams, the recent career of former Philadelphia Phillies (and New York Mets) outfielder Lenny Dykstra has not been pretty.
Among other things, according to the Los Angeles Times:
In June, he was charged by Los Angeles County prosecutors with nearly two dozen felony counts connected to a scheme to get luxury cars and possession of cocaine, human growth hormone and Ecstasy.
The charges came a month after Dykstra was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of bankruptcy fraud and obstruction of justice in connection with the alleged hiding of more than $40,000 in property that should have gone to his creditors, authorities said.
Just went one thought Dykstra’s self-imposed situation could not sink much lower, yesterday he was charged in Los Angeles with two counts of indecent exposure, carrying a potential sentence of six months in jail and a $2,000 fine. A September 7 arraignment has been scheduled.
According to CNN:
The charges accuse Dykstra of “placing ads on Craigslist requesting a personal assistant or housekeeping services. The victims allege when they arrive, they were informed that the job also requires massage service and then he (Dykstra) would disrobe and he would expose himself,” said Los Angeles City Attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan.
While it is certainly sad for Jewish Culture Examiner, who was a big fan of Dykstra when he was on the Phillies, to observe the deterioration of Dykstra’s life, the timing of the most recent consequences for Dykstra’s general lack of self-control is fitting in one peculiar way. Today is the seventh anniversary of the passing of pop singer Laura Branigan at the age of 47 (one year younger than Dykstra is now) due to a brain aneurysm; Branigan’s biggest hit internationally was “Self Control.”
One of Jewish Culture Examiner’s favorite 1980s songs (at least currently if not then) “Self-Control” is a remake in English of an Italian pop song by Raf; Branigan’s two other biggest hits were also English remakes of continental European songs (“Gloria,” originally in Italian, by Roberto Tozzi; “Solitaire,” originally in French, by Martin Clemencau).
Although one could question whether “Self Control” qualifies as disco and although it came out several years after the “Disco Era” had clearly ended, Camille Paglia included it in her “Disco Playlist” in Salon online magazine.
As for the video, which is a addictively compelling story of seduction, it gained the distinction of being, due to MTV’s early standards and due to an orgy scene and general raciness, the first video ever banned from airplay by MTV.
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