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Yankees fan caught sleeping on TV sues ESPN, MLB for $10 million
Sporting News ^ | 7/7/14 | Troy Machir

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: espn; mlb; redsox; yankees
Video and copy of formal complaint filed in Bronx Supreme Court (conveniently located a few blocks from Yankee Stadium on the other side of the #4 el ) at link. Amazing how he slept through all the cheering and hoopla earlier in the game when Beltran blasted yet another homer. But seriously, there is no expectation of privacy in a public venue, in a saner world this case would be laughed out of court.
1 posted on 07/07/2014 4:41:00 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa

that may yet happen.


2 posted on 07/07/2014 4:44:00 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring." Jonah Goldberg)
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To: Impala64ssa

Typos and improper grammar? Sounds like he’s his own attorney. Laugh him out of court!


3 posted on 07/07/2014 4:45:29 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Impala64ssa

If they ridiculed a fan, a private citizen, on television they deserve to be punished.


4 posted on 07/07/2014 4:45:36 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Impala64ssa

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9QRT9L3y48


5 posted on 07/07/2014 4:45:57 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Impala64ssa
This is both hugh and series. Could go all the way to the Supreme Court:


6 posted on 07/07/2014 4:49:59 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparisons)
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To: Impala64ssa

Nuts!

Public behavior is not a privacy issue.

Too bad. Soo sad.


7 posted on 07/07/2014 4:50:25 PM PDT by plangent
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To: Impala64ssa

Lol...this is one instance where having go in front of a ‘Bronx jury’ will not be a detriment to the defense team.


8 posted on 07/07/2014 4:53:57 PM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: Impala64ssa
"vituperative utterances".

That's as good as "colorful metaphors".

9 posted on 07/07/2014 4:57:31 PM PDT by real saxophonist (Fightin' in a basement)
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To: Frank_2001

This is like an episode form Seinfeld...George is eating ice cream at the US Open tennis event...


10 posted on 07/07/2014 4:58:53 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Impala64ssa

As someone that has fallen asleep at a Yankees game, I believe he should sue MLB for putting on such a crap show.


11 posted on 07/07/2014 5:05:22 PM PDT by NY.SS-Bar9 (Those that vote for a living outnumber those that work for one.)
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To: Impala64ssa

People file pro se complaints all the time that are equally, if not more, silly than this one. Not sure why this is news.


12 posted on 07/07/2014 5:06:00 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Impala64ssa; Larry Lucido; F15Eagle

13 posted on 07/07/2014 5:07:59 PM PDT by Gamecock (There is room for all of God's animals. Right next to the mashed potatoes and gravy.)
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To: Michael.SF.

I can’t stop laughing


14 posted on 07/07/2014 5:09:14 PM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: Impala64ssa
Shulman and Kruk are the kind of broadcasters Baseball needs to keep the game interesting and vital.

Nothing worse than BORING telecasts.

Screw this chump.

15 posted on 07/07/2014 5:11:10 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: Impala64ssa
but seriously, if we had mature, thinking adult men reporting games we'd have less personal attacks on fans, who are just a cheap target for the millionaire reporters....

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...

16 posted on 07/07/2014 5:15:46 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Impala64ssa
Is this the guy?


17 posted on 07/07/2014 5:32:23 PM PDT by Hoodat (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: Impala64ssa

18 posted on 07/07/2014 5:34:12 PM PDT by Brandonmark (OWCM is The new American Minority! 11.06.12 - Day of Infamy!)
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To: Impala64ssa

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.


19 posted on 07/07/2014 5:38:31 PM PDT by scouter
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To: Gen.Blather

Give him a hundred dollars and he’ll get more than he deserves.


20 posted on 07/07/2014 5:43:53 PM PDT by Shimmer1
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To: Impala64ssa

“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.””

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/fan-who-fell-asleep-during-yankees-red-sox-game-suing-for—10-million-203033996.html


21 posted on 07/07/2014 6:29:18 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: Michael.SF.

William O. Douglas, especially in his later years on the SCOTUS, was famous for “resting his eyes” while hearing cases on the bench.


22 posted on 07/07/2014 7:16:31 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

23 posted on 07/07/2014 7:40:11 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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