Facing 100 mph fastballs and diving for screaming line drives couldn't have been this hard. In his latest tumble, former baseball star Lenny Dykstra is being sued in federal court in Manhattan for allegedly failing to pay five people a combined $183,000 for helping launch The Players Club, his ill-fated magazine about the extravagant lifestyles of pro athletes. The plaintiffs include, the New York Post reports, Time magazine art director Arthur Hochstein and Mary Anne Gordon, a former head of photography at Time, as well as Marco Canora, a celebrated chef Dykstra hired for the magazine's $400,000 launch party at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York.
Dykstra's recent troubles are well-chronicled. As Luxist reported last month, he reportedly faces foreclosure on his home, a six-bedroom mansion in Thousand Oaks, Calif., that he bought from Wayne Gretzky, and had his private jet impounded. TheStreet.com dropped Dykstra's investment-advice column in April. The Players Club, meanwhile, has been the subject of various lawsuits for months.