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Former baseball star Lenny Dykstra refutes homophobia claims

PinkNews Staff Writer March 18, 2009
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Former Mets player Lenny Dykstra has been accused of using homophobic, racist and sexist language in a GQ interview.

Written by Kevin Coughlin, who used to work on one of Dykstra’s publications, The Players Club, the article alleges offensive comments made by Dykstra.

Coughlin wrote: “At one meeting, Lenny goes off on how a particular layout looks “faggy” – despite the presence of a gay page designer in the room. Later, Lenny says to me: ‘Did you see the look on that fag’s face?'”

“On another occasion, I field a call from Lenny about potential cover subjects while I’m at home; Lenny’s on speaker when he proudly states, for both my wife and me, that ‘nobody can call me a racist – I put three darkies and a bitch on my first four covers.'”

The first four Players Club covers featured Derek Jeter, Chris Paul, Tiger Woods, and Danica Patrick.

Coughlin alleged that Dykstra continued: “I said I put three spearchuckers on the cover.”

The sports star-turned businessman has refuted the claims, telling the Philadelpia Enquirer: “Everything in there is a lie.”

Coughlin’s article, titled ‘You Think Your Job Sucks? Try Working for Lenny Dykstra’, also claims that there are multiple lawsuits pending against Dykstra and his magazine because of bounced checks, nonpayment of bills for services rendered and loans not repaid.

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