Yankee fan Andrew Rector, caught sleeping at a Yankee-Red Sox game by ESPN’s cameras, has turned his embarrassment into a legal matter.
The sleepy 26-year-old has filed a defamation suit, targeting ESPN and MLB Advanced Media, as well as commentators Dan Shulman and John Kruk.
Rector, who is seeking $10 million in damages, was out cold at the game, and when cameras found him, Kruk and Shulman started poking fun at the situation. They both wondered aloud if he had slept through a Carlos Beltran home run earlier in the game, and commented on how he would probably have a stiff neck based on his positioning.
While the comments were meant in jest they were characterized by Rector as an “unending verbal crusade.”
He also claims that he was portrayed as a “fatty cow that needs two seats” and a “confused disgusted and socially bankrupt individual.”
I think it’s safe to say that after this harsh interpretation of their words ESPN’s announcers will be all business in future telecasts. Additionally, it is equally fair to assume that Mr. Rector is going to make sure he gets plenty of sleep before his next visit to Yankee Stadium.