Sleeping Yankees Fan Sues ESPN for $10 Million for Being Mean to Him on Television
Back in April, ESPN showed a man sleeping at a Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees game. You probably don’t remember it because it was pretty brief and, honestly, why would a person care about something like that?
The man captured dozing, apparently.
Andrew Robert Rector filed a $10 million defamation suit against Dan Shulman and John Kruk for allegedly unleashing an “avalanche of disparaging words” against him that include “stupor, fatty, unintelligent, stupid.”
The Bronx Supreme Court filing also says the play-by-play team made the taunts “knowing and intending the same to be heard and listened to by millions of people all over the world.”
An avalanche of disparaging words? That sounds pretty serious. Let’s check the tape.
Rector admits he “briefly slept” while attending an April 13 matchup between the Bronx Bombers and their longtime rivals, the Boston Red Sox.
When an ESPN camera caught him napping, Shulman and Kruk allegedly began an “unending verbal crusade” against him, with their “vituperative utterances” repeated the next day on the Major League Baseball website.
It’s pretty ballsy to call something “unending” that has a pretty clear ending point. Is there something wrong with this guy?
Rector’s typo-ridden suit claims the “false statements” about him include suggestions that he “is a fatty cow that need two seats at a time” and “is a confused individual that neither understands nor knows anything about history and the meaning of rivalry between Red Sox and New York Yankee.”
Oh boy. It sounds like some lucky lawyer is going to have a fun read on his hands.
This suit seems to have as much validity as the Johnny Manziel footlong one which rocked the nation a few months ago.
[H/T: New York Post]