You might want to read this before going to work for Len Dykstra

David Brown
March 16, 2009

A former employee of Len Dykstra would have us believe the former Mets and Phillies star is a lying, racist homophobe who can't pay his bills and is abusive to those who work for him.

Other than that, Kevin Coughlin, how did you like working for Nails?

That's Mr. Nails to you!

Dykstra says Coughlin is merely disgruntled and denied the charges to the Philly Inquirer.

Coughlin, who admittedly has an axe a few axes to grind over unpaid wages and other differences of opinion, gives us his version of Dykstra in a first-person article titled "You Think Your Job Sucks? Try Working for Lenny Dykstra," published in the most recent GQ magazine.

Dykstra reportedly failed to make payroll for Players Club (Dykstra's magazine/investment tool for millionaire athletes), bounced checks and resorted to using Coughlin's own credit cards (after Dykstra tapped himself out) to help him secure rides on a private jet.

From GQ:

A photographer who did some work for the September and October issues, actually got Lenny to answer his phone at the end of January. He told Lenny that he wanted to be paid — and that if he wasn’t, he’d sue.

"Get in line," Lenny replied. "This conversation is over."

Dykstra, Coughlin further alleges, used racist/sexist language to describe his own employees and the athletes about whom the Players Club profiles — stars such as Derek Jeter, Chris Paul, Tiger Woods and Danica Patrick.

Dykstra responded to the Inquirer that his magazine is "not out of business. We're kicking [butt]. We're on our 11th issue."

And he defended himself against racism charges, adding: "I lived with [Darryl] Strawberry and [Dwight] Gooden," Dykstra said in reference to two famous black former teammates. "I'm not reducing myself to this"

A year ago, HBO's Real Sports and New Yorker magazine were celebrating Dykstra's amazing post-baseball success in the investment business. Yes, that Lenny Dykstra — the filthy uniformed, tobacco-spitting, generally uncouth outfielder from the brawling Mets of the '80s and brash Phillies of the '90s — had become one of the top Wall Street success stories.

CNBC's Jim Cramer vouches for him.

Well, we've all read a thing or two about what has happened to many of the Street's financial wizards and Dykstra's apparent descent back to Earth is no less spectacular.