The reputation and character of former New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra is hit hard in a new book written by one of his former employees, as detailed by the New York Post.
Dykstra, who helped lead the Mets to a World Series title in 1986, has suffered a huge fall from grace since retiring from baseball in 1996. In a 1993 interview with Sports Illustrated, he vowed to build a "financial empire" once his playing days were over. He did eventually achieve significant wealth, but he didn't do it the right way, and was head over heels with debt by the late 2000s.
He is currently in prison on multiple charges including grand theft auto and bankruptcy fraud.
The book, written by former employee Christopher Frankie, who served as the editor of a financial newsletter called The Player's Club, reveals several disturbing, disgusting, and otherwise troubling allegations against Dykstra.
Among the more notable ones include:
+ Dykstra had a terrible track record for paying his employees on time. He owed so much back pay that employees were relucatant to quit for fear that they would never see their earnings. At one point, Frankie claims that he received just one check in three months.
+ Frankie wrote that Dykstra's idea of fun was to "leave a large amount of feces in the toilet...so he could hear the shrieks of the hotel's grossed-out maids."
+ Dykstra once told a female executive during a meeting that he had “impregnated three women in the same night and made them all get abortions.”
+ Dysktra routinely used racial slurs. He referred to Tiger Woods and Derek Jeter as “darkies”, Willie Mays as a “field n***er”, and Venus and Serena Williams as “baboons.”
+ Dykstra once asked his mother to put $23,000 on her credit card for a private flight. He never paid her back, according to his brother. Dykstra also tried to get an employee to falsify a document so he could get access to his son's money.
+ One of his ex-maids said that Dykstra grabbed her by the neck and pushed her head down to his groin, and told her she was going to see God.
+ An LAPD detective, who arrested Dysktra, referred to him as a "total sociopath" and dubbed him as one of the top three most "egregious criminals he has encountered in 24 years on the job.
Apparently, Dykstra was willing to do whatever was necessary to build the financial empire he once alluded to. Even if it meant burning bridges by mistreating people to get there.
“There was no question that there was a method to Dykstra’s madness,” writes Frankie. “He would hire someone, ride him or her as far and as long as possible and then discard that individual, paying little or none of what he had promised. Like a parasite, he would latch onto a host, suck it dry and then move on to the next victim.”
Dykstra spent 12 seasons in the majors leagues. He spent the first five of those with New York before spending the final stint of his career with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Via The Big Lead