Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra is basically too awful to be libeled. A judge threw out Dykstra’s defamation and libel suit against Ron Darling on Friday, saying Dykstra’s reputation is “already so tarnished that it cannot be further injured,” according to ESPN.
Dykstra, 57, sued the 59-year-old Darling after Darling claimed Dykstra shouted racial taunts at Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd before Game 3 of the 1986 World Series. Darling made those allegations in his book, “108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters From My Time in the Game.”
New York Supreme Court Judge Robert D. Kalish reviewed those claims, and decided to throw out the case based on Dykstra’s history of reprehensible behavior, according to ESPN.
"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," Kalish wrote.
Dykstra responded to the dismissal by tweeting that Darling is a liar, calling out Dale Murphy for not having Dykstra’s back and retweeting messages of support from fans.
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