Former New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra’s defamation and libel lawsuit against ex-teammate Ron Darling has been dismissed in court docket.
New York Supreme Courtroom Choose Robert D. Kalish dominated on Friday that Dykstra’s “reputation for unsportsmanlike conduct and bigotry is already so tarnished that it cannot be further injured,” in keeping with ESPN.
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Dykstra sued Darling over claims the previous pitcher and present Mets broadcaster made in his book “108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game.”
Darling claims Dykstra yelled racist insults at Boston Purple Sox pitcher Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd in the course of the third sport of the ’86 World Sequence, in keeping with an excerpt revealed within the New York Publish. The Mets received the thrilling collection in seven video games, however they secured their first victory in Recreation 3, successful, 7-1, at Fenway Park.
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Darling, who was 25 on the time, stated Dykstra, then 23 years previous, yelled “every imaginable and unimaginable insult and expletive in [Boyd’s] direction — foul, racist, hateful, hurtful stuff” and doubtless worse than “anything Jackie Robinson might have heard.”
The insults hurled towards Boyd have been “right up there with one of the worst, most shameful moments I ever experienced in the game,” Darling wrote. He lamented not doing something about it — and stated, if something, the workforce might have benefited from Dykstra’s habits.
Dykstra was in search of financial damages, compensatory damages, punitive damages and court docket prices within the case. Darling filed motions to dismiss the claims beneath the libel-proof plaintiff doctrine, in keeping with ESPN. The movement cited Dykstra’s personal legal historical past and claims the previous outfielder made in his personal autobiography, “House of Nails: A Memoir of Life on the Edge.”
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Kalish wrote in his ruling: “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.”
Darling launched an announcement on the ruling.
“Late Friday afternoon I was informed that the court had dismissed the lawsuit brought against me by Lenny Dykstra,” Darling stated in an announcement. “I am pleased with the decision.”
Darling thanked his agent and legal professionals for his or her work on the case in addition to his community companions and his household.
“With this behind me, I will have nothing more to say about this matter,” he added. “Most importantly, everyone please stay safe during these most difficult of times.”
Dykstra on Monday filmed a profanity-laced video of his response to dropping the libel go well with.
“It’s not as bad as the judge’s decision to dismiss my case,” he stated after telling his followers his Uber was rear-ended, in keeping with the New York Post.
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“I’m still coherent enough to know that. I ain’t done with Mr. P [Darling] by a long shot, OK? Ron Darling and the New York Mets were all-in on what can only be defined as the biggest fraud in the history of the game. And the fans, the fans that played like fools, they made them look like idiots, and now they’re going to pay. When you f–k with Nails, you get the f–king hammer, you hear me?”
Dykstra then claimed Darling and the Wilpon household, who personal the Mets, have been going to should reply for “a lot more.”