One New York Yankees fan hopes that suing for snoozing will work out in his favor.
Andrew Rector, 26, was caught taking a serious nap during an April 13 “Sunday Night Baseball” game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The ESPN cameras didn’t let him get away with it, either, shining the spotlight on Rector, who was slumped in his seat during the fourth inning of the close game.
Now, Rector has filed a defamation suit, claiming he was called “fatty, unintelligent and stupid” by commentators. He is suing Major League Baseball Advanced Media, ESPN New York, the New York Yankees and ESPN announcers Dan Shulman and John Kruk in Bronx County Supreme Court, seeking $10 million in damages for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress, Courthouse News reported.
The lawsuit alleges that Rector endured an “unending verbal crusade against the napping plaintiff” from the ESPN announcers as they “unleashed avalanche of disparaging words against the person of and concerning the plaintiff.”
Rector is suing MLB for posting video of the incident on MLB.com and subjecting him to harsh comments from viewers. Rector claims his reputation was damaged by Internet comments that portrayed him as “a fatty cow that need two seats at all time,” “a confused disgusted and socially bankrupt individual” and “a confused individual that neither understands nor knows anything about history and the meaning of rivalry between Red Sox and New York Yankee.”
See what all the fuss is about in the video below.