Lenny Dykstra first earned famed as the emotional leader of the Mets and Phillies. Since leaving baseball, Lenny Dykstra has reinvented himself as a successful businessman and financial genius. However, as with most things involving the economy these days, the truth of Lenny Dykstra’s business practices may be uglier than first thought. According to GQ Magazine, Lenny Dykstra may be the ultimate definition of the boss from hell.
Lenny Dykstra is painted as not only a bad economic boss, but a racist, sexist and homophobic one. The GQ magazine article was written by Kevin Coughlin, who was the photo editor for Dykstra’s The Player’s Club magazine.
Coughlin alleges that Dykstra is facing lawsuits, charges of bounced checks, overdue bill payments, and a company on the verge of collapse. But those details are unlikely to make the biggest headlines in this story.
The GQ article will undoubtedly be best known for Coughlin’s charges that Dykstra made inflammatory remarks about African Americans, females, and homosexuals. The damming comments involve Dykstra calling a layout “fag*y” in front of his gay page designer, then telling Coughlin about the look on that “f*g’s face.”
Most notably, Coughlin recalls a phone conversation where Dykstra said he was not a racist. In that same conversation, Dykstra allegedly says that he put “three darkies and a bitch” on the covers of his first four magazine issues. For good measure, Dykstra, according to Coughlin, later refers to the three African-Americans as “spearchuckers.”
Dykstra first became a notable name in finance after success on the stock market. He became a columnist for a website co-founded by Jim Cramer — who isn’t exactly facing a run of good publicity himself nowadays.
Dykstra also faced infamy on the baseball front, as he was named by the Mitchell Report as a player who took steroids. Dykstra is nonetheless beloved by fans of the New York Mets, whom he helped led to the 1986 World Series title, and especially by the Philadelphia Phillies, whom he led to their shocking 1993 World Series run.
With Philadelphia as a safe haven, Dykstra went to the Philadelphia Inquirer to deny Coughlin’s story as full of lies, and that his magazine was still going strong.
The April GQ issue is out on stands now, with Coughlin’s “You Think Your Job Sucks? Try Working For Lenny Dykstra” story also on the Internet.
GQ- “You Think Your Job Sucks? Try Working For Lenny Dykstra” men.style.com/gq/features/full
Philadelphia Inquirer- “Dykstra: GQ story is a ‘lie'” www.philly.com/inquirer/sports/20090317_Dykstra__GQ_story_is_a__lie_.html
New York Daily News- “Lenny Dykstra, formerly of the Mets, is ‘nailed’ as racist in mag” www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2009/03/16/2009-03-16_lenny_dykstra_formerly_of_the_mets_is_na.html