April 9, 2019 / 9:50 PM / 14 days ago

Dykstra sues ex-Mets teammate Darling, alleges defamation

FILE PHOTO: Former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California August 8, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Former New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra has sued ex-teammate Ron Darling, alleging defamation over comments Darling made about him in his new book.

TMZ Sports reported Tuesday that the lawsuit was filed in New York. Dykstra wants Darling to pay damages for “defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.”

Dykstra, 56, also wants a judicial injunction to keep further copies of the book from being sold.

Darling has stood by an allegation he made in his book that Dykstra shouted racial slurs at Boston Red Sox pitcher Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd in the 1986 World Series.

“I heard what I heard and I put it in the book for a reason,” Darling said last week’s on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo,” referring to his new book titled, “108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game.”

In the book, released last week, Darling wrote that Dykstra was “shouting every imaginable and unimaginable insult and expletive in his (Boyd’s) direction — foul, racist, hateful, hurtful stuff” while in the on-deck circle. Further, Darling wrote that the insults were “worse than anything Jackie Robinson might have heard.”

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