Skip to comments.Yankees fan caught sleeping on TV sues ESPN, MLB for $10 million
Posted on 07/07/2014 4:41:00 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
A New York man who was caught sleeping at a recent Yankees game against the Red Sox on ESPN is filing a $10 million defamation suit against broadcasters Dan Shulman and John Kruk for their "avalanche of disparaging words," according to the New York Post.
Andrew Robert Rector admitted that he "briefly slept" while in attending the April 13 game between the A.L. East rivals, and when ESPN cameras caught him sleeping during the fourth inning, the Sunday Night Baseball announcers launched into what he described as an "unending verbal crusade" against him, with their "vituperative utterances" redistributed on the MLB website the following day.
A YouTube video uploaded by MLB is titled "Fan sleeps in stands during game vs. Red Sox."
According to the report, Rector's suit was riddled with typos and improper grammar, claiming the broadcasters insinuated 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 or the meaning of rivalry between Red Sox and Yankees."
ESPN, MLB and the Yankees are named as defendants in the suit.
that may yet happen.
Typos and improper grammar? Sounds like he’s his own attorney. Laugh him out of court!
If they ridiculed a fan, a private citizen, on television they deserve to be punished.
This guy must have a $100k suit. The announcer ragged on him on-air for several minutes. “You’re on the wrong workout program buddy.” Of course, he couldn’t hear it.
Public behavior is not a privacy issue.
Too bad. Soo sad.
Lol...this is one instance where having go in front of a ‘Bronx jury’ will not be a detriment to the defense team.
That's as good as "colorful metaphors".
This is like an episode form Seinfeld...George is eating ice cream at the US Open tennis event...
As someone that has fallen asleep at a Yankees game, I believe he should sue MLB for putting on such a crap show.
People file pro se complaints all the time that are equally, if not more, silly than this one. Not sure why this is news.
I can’t stop laughing
Nothing worse than BORING telecasts.
Screw this chump.
can't imagine Phil Rizzuto having to attack the fans in order to report clearly on a game....
the sports entertainment complex has gotten just a little too much "entertainment" and not enough of sport...
Reminds me of the time in 1985, when People’s Airline had $29 fares to Boston. Six friends and I decided to fly to Boston to catch a Red Sox game. We’d been out partying the night before, and in about the sixth inning I woke up and looked at my buddies. They were all asleep! Must have been a great shot on the Jumbotron to see seven guys in their twenties all in a row sleeping. Wish I had a picture of it.
That guy needs to get a sense of humor.
Give him a hundred dollars and he’ll get more than he deserves.
“Thing is, the ESPN broadcast didn’t say any of the things alleged in Rector’s suit. Kruk and Shulman did make fun of him a bit saying a ballpark isn’t the place to sleep and saying he was “oblivious” but it was hardly “the avalanche of disparaging words.””
William O. Douglas, especially in his later years on the SCOTUS, was famous for “resting his eyes” while hearing cases on the bench.