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Cutter Dykstra: My dad did not steal my signing bonus

Jul 21, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

*Nov 24 - 00:05*

It has been reported several times over the past year or so — most recently in that story I linked from yesterday’s New York Times — that Lenny Dykstra took his son Cutter Dykstra’s $700,000 signing bonus, “invested it” and subsequently lost it. We’ve passed along that allegation a few times ourselves, as it had never been refuted.

It has now, however, as Cutter Dykstra was a guest on the Dino Costa show on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio and he said there is nothing to the charge. A three minute clip of the interview can be heard on the Mad Dog Radio Facebook page, here.  Here was the relevant exchange between Dino and Dykstra:

Dino Costa: “What about the story of the signing bonus that you got with the Brewers, that he took that money from you, is that true?”

Cutter Dykstra: “No, I mean, that’s stupid.  That’s just nonsense.”

Cutter went on to be supportive of his father in the interview, saying, “My dad’s been great to me my whole life and he’s helped me through my career every day. He’s a grinder.  Everyone needs to remember that, that’s he’s a grinder.  He’s going to get through whatever he needs to get through.”

Look: we can say anything we want and think anything we want about Lenny Dykstra. But at some point a family matter is a family matter.  It’s one thing to discuss the allegations when they’re out there unrefuted, but now that the alleged victim of the alleged crime has spoken, it’s probably best to leave this one alone. Dykstra has enough problems.  If he and his son have made some sort of peace over all of this, that should be good enough for us.

  1. cur68 - Jul 21, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Man, I hope that’s true and not just the kid saying what he wants to be true. If true then I agree with the sentiment of the post; I’m leaving the whole Cutter-Lenny thing alone.

  2. The Common Man - Jul 21, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    But otherwise Lenny’s still fair game, right? Because, seriously, eff that guy.

    • cur68 - Jul 21, 2011 at 5:14 PM

      Yep. Lenny’s our liddle biaaaaaatch.

  3. stinkfingers - Jul 21, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    He’s still a scumbag.. Even if he didnt steal his sons money, he stole money from plenty of other people.. Allegedly.

  4. nickkocz - Jul 21, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Last week, Lenny hit me up for money in an email to try to make bail.

    nickkocz.com/blog.html

    It was kind of pathetic.

    • kiwicricket - Jul 21, 2011 at 10:07 PM

      I see something else which is pathetic…

  5. bigleagues - Jul 21, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Craig,

    No sure if you heard the entire interview, but Cutter was clearly coached in his responses. In fact, he repeated the same thing over and over whenever the subject of his dad was brought up.

    The ‘he’s a grinder’ line and ‘I haven’t even read it (Times article)’ and ‘I just wanna play the game like my Dad and talk about my career’. I believe I have the whole interview recorded if you’re interested I can email an mp3 to you.

    After the interview Dino stated that his producer was taking a tongue licking from the Potomac Nationals media relations guy (who’s probably all of 22 years old, was psyched that a national radio show was calling seeking an interview with a player and he actually gets to arrange it) who claims he told Dino’s Producer that the NY Times story was off-limits. As if anyone would be calling on the day his Dad is featured in a scathing article in the nations largest newspaper to discuss Cutter’s career.

    Dino also read from an article that had quoted Cutter stating something quite different than what he said last night.

    • 5thbase - Jul 21, 2011 at 9:24 PM

      Of course what he said was rehearsed. He’s not retarded and he knew they would ask him about it. Of course he doesn’t want to keep hearing about it and talking about it. I suppose your dad was a nationally known felony defendant and you wanted to talk about it all the time right?

      The point here is that he clearly denied the unsubstantiated claim that he’s a victim of the crime and it would probably be logical to give him the benefit of the doubt since he knows something about it and you don’t.

      • Old Gator - Jul 22, 2011 at 12:19 AM

        So what? If creationists can look at a mountain of scientific evidence and blow it off in favor of a crock of fairy tales, why can’t we just ignore Cutter Dykstra and go on clinging to unsubstantiated rumors? Hell, condemning the innocent on the basis of flimsy if not wholly manufactured evidence and idiot gossip is the American way.

      • bigleagues - Jul 22, 2011 at 3:32 PM

        You and 17 others miss the point completely, and I really don’t have the time at the moment to explain what should be obvious to anyone who thinks before they write.

  6. nickkocz - Jul 21, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    I gotta say, throughout the past few years, it’s been really touching to see how Cutter has stuck up for his father. Not just in this interview, but in others. You really do get the feeling he still adores and respects Lenny, which in his case is really good to see.

  7. yahmule - Jul 22, 2011 at 2:05 AM

    I would have disowned him for naming me Cutter.

    • nolanwiffle - Jul 22, 2011 at 8:08 AM

      Could have been worse……Speedball?

  8. yahmule - Jul 22, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    He shall call the next one…..Lenny-Me.

  9. svaihingen - Jun 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    OK, you repeated false information because it wasn’t ‘refuted’ – did you ever think to substantiate the rumor before repeating it? – or don’t they teach that in ‘journalism’ class anymore, assuming, perhaps naively, that you went to school.

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