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Len Dykstra hurls vile and unsubstantiated claims at Ron Darling, a judge, and the Mets

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Yesterday we reported that Len Dykstra’s defamation lawsuit against former teammate Ron Darling was dismissed, with the judge finding that Dykstra has such a poor reputation that it’s virtually impossible to libel him.

Today Randy Miller of NJ.com ran an interview he conducted with Dykstra yesterday that suggests, if anything, the judge understated things. And which contains statements that put Dykstra in a pretty prime position to be sued for defamation himself.

In the story, Dykstra claims, without any evidence whatsoever, that Ron Darling — who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and underwent surgery for it last year — “faked his cancer,” and that “the Wilpons knew all about it, and they’re in on it.” He claims has has “documented proof” of his claim, though provided none of it to Miller. Miller previously reported that Dykstra “had some dirt” on Darling, but this is the first time he has publicly accused Darling of faking his cancer diagnosis and treatment.

He went on:

“Anyways man  . . . I’m not [bleeped] up enough to know this: Ron Darling, Jeff and Fred Wilpon, their days are [bleeping] numbered because Ron Darling is guilty of pulling off the biggest fraud in the history of professional sports. And it’s ongoing! It’s ongoing!”

The interview took place over the phone, Miller reports, as Dykstra stood on the side of a Los Angeles freeway where the Uber in which he was riding had just been involved in an accident. Dykstra speculated that Darling and/or the Mets were involved in the accident, saying “Maybe they tried to have me iced.”

Dykstra further claimed that the judge who dismissed his defamation suit against Darling was bribed, saying “obviously the judge was bleeping paid off or something . . . I don’t give a bleep.”

It’s also worth noting that, before the interview, Dykstra tweeted about his former Phillies teammate Dale Murphy and Murphy’s son, who as we noted yesterday, was shot in the eye by police during a protest in Denver. Yesterday morning, in response to that news, Dykstra tweeted “F*** him and his loser kid.” Miller notes that Dykstra followed up on that yesterday afternoon, tweeting. “No children of Lenny Dykstra have had issues with police resulting from being part of an Antifa mob,” “We Dykstras have proper respect for the men in blue.”

Miller helpfully notes that Dykstra has served considerable time in prison.

As noted, Dykstra it has been determined, as a matter of law, that Dykstra’s reputation is so utterly sullied that he is unable to be defamed. The same, however, would certainly not be found if Ron Darling, the Wilpons, the judge who dismissed Darling’s case, and/or Dale Murphy’s son wanted to sue him.

And, from where I’m sitting, they’d each have very good cases if they decided to go that route.

 

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.