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Baseball fan caught sleeping on TV sues for $10 million

- July 7th, 2014

Who would have thought you could make a quick buck while sleeping on national television?

While attending a New York Yankees game in April, a baseball fan was caught sleeping by an ESPN camera during the fourth inning as the Bronx Bombers hosted the Boston Red Sox.

Andrew Rector didn’t think the comments made toward him by play-by-play voice Dan Shulman and commentator John Kruk — a former player — were funny as the used-car salesman filed a $10 million defamation suit. Named in the suit are ESPN, Shulman, Kruk, MLB and the Yankees.

During the game, Shulman and Kruk poked a little fun at his expense.

“It’s only the fourth inning,” Kruk said. “You don’t think he can sleep through ….”

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

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

The suit, riddled with grammatical errors and filed in the Bronx Supreme Court, says Shulman and Kruk made “false statements” and that the heavy-set fan was “not worthy” of being a Yankees fan and “is a fatty cow that need two seats at all time and represent symbol of failure.”

The suit also says the fan was made out to be “a confused individual that neither understands nor knows anything about history and the meaning of rivalry between Red Sox and New York Yankee.”

Somehow, I don’t think Rector will be getting anywhere near what he is asking for. But you can’t fault him for trying.

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4 comments

  1. Richard | July 7, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    This is a prime example of what is so wrong with the court system…anyone can sue you for anything and probably get a few $ out of it even though they don’t deserve a cent!!!
    I would comment a little more but I would probably get sued by someone that thinks I’m talking about them and end up spending the next few years in court defending myself from some idiot that thinks he deserves half my pay cheque…Just saying!!!

  2. Clausewitz | July 8, 2014 at 1:14 am

    The movie scene, “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life”, seems apt.

  3. Darcy | July 8, 2014 at 1:24 am

    “you can’t fault him for trying”, sad commentary on the culture of getting something for nothing. This type of frivolous lawsuit would diminish if the loser had to pay court costs.

  4. Doug | July 8, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Actually, you CAN (and should) fault him for trying. It’s called a costs award, issued by the courts against litigants who file groundless or frivolous lawsuits like this one, clogging up the court system and costing the taxpayers money.

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