Ex-Met Lenny Dykstra Sues Ron Darling For Libel, Defamation

Lenny Dykstra may not have played baseball in over 20 years,but just like in his playing days, the free-swinging Dykstra still has a pretty good follow through facing any pitcher.

As evidenced by his proving just that yesterday when he followed through on his threat to file a lawsuit against former New York Mets teammate Ron Darling yesterday.

Dykstra is suing Darling for defamation and libel for claims made about Dykstra in Darling’s new book.

In his book"108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game,"Darling wrote that Dykstra shouted racial taunts at Boston Red Sox pitcher Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd from the on-deck circle before Game 3 of the 1986 World Series.

Dykstra is seeking monetary damages, compensatory damages --"including emotional distress damages for loss of opportunities, for the severe mental anguish, loss of reputation and humiliation, caused by Defendants' unlawful and malicious conduct”—and punitive damages, plus court costs.

Earlier this month, Darling said he stood by what he wrote about Dykstra, saying in an interview that "I heard what I heard, and I put it in the book for a reason."

Funny thing is, other members of the 1986 Mets have defended Dykstra, including former teammate Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden and Kevin Mitchell—all of who are African American.

Seems like Darling did put it in the book for a reason—to help it sell.

Source: ESPN

Photo Credit: Getty Images