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Friday, March 27, 2009

Tobacco Chewing Ballplayer Turned Stock Market Guru Turned Lawsuit Magnet Lenny Dykstra Sued in S.F.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 11:59 AM

click to enlarge Stealing bases? Here comes another lawsuit.
  • Stealing bases? Here comes another lawsuit.
Lenny "Nails" Dykstra, the former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder renowned for tobacco stains and hard-nosed play shocked the world when he transformed himself into a stock market ace and luxury magazine publisher. Sadly, it appears he's now found a new line of work -- defendant.

Dykstra was sued right out of the gate by his co-investors in The Players Club magazine, while freelancers loudly complained they weren't getting paid. A departed magazine editor called him the worst boss in the realm (in GQ) and he was sued in January by a group of SoCal charter jet pilots who said they were owed months of back pay. (Oh, there are more suits but we can't keep track of them. Type "Lenny Dykstra" and "Lawsuit" into Google and just see what you get). Topping everything off (for now), Nails was sued yesterday in San Francisco Superior Court by a local company claiming he owed it more than $70,000 for booking private flights and hotel rooms.

In the suit -- which you can read here -- Flight Plan Solutions' proprietor Arun Sharma of San Francisco claims Dykstra broke contracts and stiffed him to the tune of $70,824.09. The suit alleges six charges including breach of contract, intentional misrepresentation, and negligent misrepresentation.

It remains to be seen if Dykstra will respond to the suit with the same verve he displayed last year when told he stiffed a private jet company $7,000: "That's my fucking ashtray money, bro."

This suit, it would figure, represents 10 astrays.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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