Lenny Dykstra's Lawsuit Against Former Mets Teammate Ron Darling Is Tossed

Dan Mennella
June 01, 2020 - 12:36 pm

Retired MLB star Lenny Dykstra's lawsuit against a former teammate has been dismissed by a New York judge.

Recent court documents show Dykstra's defamation case against former Mets teammate Ron Darling was tossed in New York Supreme Court, according to NBC Sports' Hardball Talk.

Dykstra's case, filed last year, claimed Darling libeled him as a bigot in his 2019 book "108 Stitches," a collection of anecdotes and tidbits from his playing career. In the book, Darling says Dykstra directed racist taunts at Boston Red Sox pitcher Oil Can Boyd during Game 3 of the 1986 World Series, in what Darling called one of the darkest chapters of his career.

Dykstra responded with the lawsuit, naming Darling as well as the book's publishers, St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan Publishing Group.

The judge, however, sided with Darling, apparently agreeing with the motion to dismiss on the grounds that Dykstra's reputation was already so irreparably damaged by his own antics, that it essentially couldn't get any worse.

The opinion read:

Based on the papers submitted on this motion, prior to the publication of the book, Dykstra was infamous for being, among other things, racist, misogynist, and anti-gay, as well as a sexual predator, a drug-abuser, a thief, and an embezzler. Further, Dykstra had a reputation — largely due to his autobiography — of being willing to do anything to benefit himself and his team, including using steroids and blackmailing umpires ... Considering this information, which was presumably known to the average reader of the book, this Court finds that, as a matter of law, the reference in the book has not exposed Dykstra to any further “public contempt, ridicule, aversion or disgrace,” or “evil opinion of him in the minds of right-thinking persons,” or “deprivation of friendly intercourse in society.

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