Thursday 18 December 2014

Sleepy baseball fan files $10m lawsuit after 'disparaging' commentary

Published 08/07/2014 | 09:28

A New York Yankees fan has filed a $10 million defamation suit after he was mocked by two commentators for snoozing in his seat at Yankee Stadium.

Andrew Rector has filed his typo-ridden suit against the team, the sports network and commentators Dan Shulman and John Kruk, who he claims unleashed an “avalanche of disparaging words” over his nationally televised nap.

Rector admits in the Bronx Supreme Court suit that he “briefly slept” during the April 13 night game between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

A YouTube video posted by MLB and titled, “Fan sleeps in stands during game vs. Red Sox,” shows Rector slumped in his seat with his eyes shut.

“Did he sleep through the [Carlos] Beltran homer? I mean 45,000 people stand up and cheer, and he sleeps through?” Shulman asked.

“I think it would be tough to, but he seemed pretty comfortable,” Kruk answered. “It didn’t look like he just started to sleep.”

The pair made comments on Rector’s physique, with Shulman asking the rotund Kruk: “Not a cousin? Not a relative?”

“No, I don’t think so, but you never know,” Kruk replied. “I didn’t get a good look at him because of the head tilt. But I mean physically he could be, yeah.”

Rector took exception to the inference that he knew little of the rivalry between the Red Sox and the Yankees and waswas upset to being described as a “fatty cow”.

Rector, a used-car dealer by trade, claims to have “suffered substantial injury” to his “character and reputation,” as well as “mental anguish, loss of future income and loss of earning capacity.”

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