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Judge: Len Dykstra’s reputation is so bad it’s legally impossible to libel him

Now the suit has been dismissed. And it has been dismissed in entertaining fashion, with the judge agreeing with Darling’s claim that Len Dykstra has such a crappy reputation that it’s virtually impossible to libel him.

Really. From the court’s opinion, which you can read in its entirety here:

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.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2020 at 10:17 AM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mike Webber Posted: June 01, 2020 at 11:08 AM (#5954706)
I had been holding back some of my feelings about Dykstra, but now that there's nothing to hold me back....
   2. Ron J Posted: June 01, 2020 at 12:06 PM (#5954726)
#1 There's an old Bill James line (iirc about Canseco) that went something like, It used to be libel to call somebody [whatever]. Now it just means you've read their autobiography.
   3. Itchy Row Posted: June 01, 2020 at 12:14 PM (#5954732)
A [whatever] can now sue for libel/slander if you call Dykstra a [whatever].
   4. Ron J Posted: June 01, 2020 at 12:22 PM (#5954734)
#3 Seems fair. Sure I may [insert evil act] but I am no Lenny Dykstra!
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 01, 2020 at 12:27 PM (#5954735)
Feels like Albert Belle and Chris Truby should be mentioned here somewhere.
   6. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: June 01, 2020 at 12:35 PM (#5954737)
Feels like Albert Belle and Chris Truby should be mentioned here somewhere.


Likewise, Soviet Russia
   7. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: June 01, 2020 at 02:16 PM (#5954762)
In Soviet Russia, Albert Belle and Chris Truby mention you.
   8. Itchy Row Posted: June 01, 2020 at 02:27 PM (#5954765)
first of all lenny dykstra is on great disgrace look at grand theft auto and bankruptcy fraud and Option J when interviewing potential housekeepers
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 01, 2020 at 02:34 PM (#5954767)
The next issue for the courts is whether it would be libel to say someone reminds you of Lenny Dykstra, is worse than Lenny Dykstra, or is the Lenny Dykstra of BBTF, to pick but a few options.
   10. Itchy Row Posted: June 01, 2020 at 02:58 PM (#5954770)
The son of somebody who was known to have associated with Dykstra was shot with a rubber bullet on Saturday night.

"Known to have associated with Lenny Dykstra" might be the worst thing you can say about Dale Murphy, but truth is usually a defense to libel.
   11. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: June 01, 2020 at 03:35 PM (#5954773)
Well done, Vlad!
   12. depletion Posted: June 01, 2020 at 04:25 PM (#5954784)
He’s still not worse than Hitler.
   13. gef, talking mongoose & vexatious litigant Posted: June 01, 2020 at 04:52 PM (#5954791)
He’s still not worse than Hitler.


Why bring Steve Garvey into this?
   14. Khrushin it bro Posted: June 01, 2020 at 05:15 PM (#5954798)
Lenny Dykstra should have his coronavirus taken away.
   15. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: June 01, 2020 at 09:08 PM (#5954838)

Based on that article, Dale Murphy continues to be one of baseball's good guys.
   16. never forget: the pee tape is 57i66135 Posted: June 01, 2020 at 10:21 PM (#5954848)
In Soviet Russia, Albert Belle and Chris Truby mention you.
fun fact:

yakov smirnov is now a couples the rapist.
   17. Walt Davis Posted: June 01, 2020 at 11:54 PM (#5954858)
In Soviet Union, that bimbo cheats on your husband with you!
   18. Alex Vila Posted: June 02, 2020 at 12:01 PM (#5954910)
Larry Bowa reaches for a shot of Bushmills.
   19. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: June 02, 2020 at 02:20 PM (#5954934)
Enjoy this completely insane interview Dykstra gave to NJ.com in which he claims Ron Darling faked his cancer and the Mets tried to have him murdered
   20. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 02, 2020 at 04:08 PM (#5954968)
From the interview linked in #19:
“Ron Darling lied about cancer, OK?” Dykstra said Monday during one of his several Twitter videos from a roadside of the 405 freeway in Los Angeles after his Uber ride was “rammed into by a couple of hillbillies.”

“The bottom line is I got the documents,” Dykstra said. “I got the proof. The Wilpons knew all about it, and they’re in on it.

“Never in a million bleeping years did they think Nails would get to the bleeping bottom of this, but I bleeping-eh did. … I’m going to prove it when I do in an interview with an AP writer and expose them because I got documented proof.
Not Dykstra, but similar:
Captain Queeg: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with... geometric logic... that a duplicate key to the wardroom icebox DID exist, and I'd have produced that key if they hadn't of pulled the Caine out of action. I, I, I know now they were only trying to protect some fellow officers...
   21. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 02, 2020 at 04:36 PM (#5954978)
Dykstra said Monday during one of his several Twitter videos from a roadside of the 405 freeway in Los Angeles after his Uber ride was “rammed into
Always a good time to go on the record, in my experience.
   22. never forget: the pee tape is 57i66135 Posted: June 02, 2020 at 07:18 PM (#5955008)
Always a good time to go on the record, in my experience.
most of my bbtf posts happen while i'm ramming someone on the side of a highway.


though oddly, none of my better ones...
   23. asinwreck Posted: June 02, 2020 at 09:33 PM (#5955031)
I hope he got his ashtray money out of the Uber.
   24. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: June 02, 2020 at 11:08 PM (#5955039)
Dykstra is in the celebrity wing of Howard Stern's "Wack Pack." He is the world's foremost advocate of his own cunnilingus skills, and is happy to explain.
   25. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 03, 2020 at 09:46 AM (#5955069)

Enjoy this completely insane interview Dykstra gave to NJ.com in which he claims Ron Darling faked his cancer and the Mets tried to have him murdered


I assume he thinks Q will reveal all of this soon?
   26. Itchy Row Posted: June 03, 2020 at 10:44 AM (#5955077)
“No children of Lenny Dykstra have had issues with police resulting from being part of an Antifa mob,” tweeted Dykstra, who has served time in prison.
If he didn't follow that up with "... that I know of" and then what he thinks are emojis for sex, that tweet wasn't completely written by Lenny Dykstra. Now I'm worried that somebody accepted an internship as Lenny Dykstra's social media person.
   27. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 03, 2020 at 04:09 PM (#5955154)
Pinned Tweet
Lenny Dykstra
@LennyDykstra
·
May 23
Made it to two full arrest-free years!!!!! Thank you, Nails Nation, for all the great support.
Well, I guess that’s something. Wouldn’t bet on 3.

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