One New York Yankees fan is suing ESPN for $10 million after being shown by the sports broadcaster sleeping during a game against arch rivals the Boston Red Sox back in April.
According to the New York Post, Andrew Robert Rector has filed a suit against the two commentators during the game shown above, Dan Shulman and John Kruk, for damages resulting from what he describes as an "avalanche of disparaging words" which lead to emotional distress.
Rector admits in the defamation suit that he did fall asleep (it's pretty hard to argue with the incriminating evidence) but is seeking the huge sum after the commentator's comments on the night and in subsequent publications on the Major League Baseball website.
Within the suit Rector explains just why he has felt compelled to take the issue to court, arguing that the commentary team openly mocked him "knowing and intending the same to be heard and listened to by millions of people all over the world."
I guess falling asleep at a Yankees-Red Sox game is embarrassing enough without having it critiqued in front of a huge audience.
In fairness to the commentary team, in the video of the incident above, they do not seem to personally attack Rector - instead simply pointing out the situation and admitting their surprise that he has been able to sleep despite the noise of over 40,000 baseball mad fans.
ESPN not alone
The defamation suit, which was filed at the Bronx Supreme Court, New York, does not simply reference ESPN. Both Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees themselves were also listed as defendants.
MLB is singled out for it's alleged wrongdoing in the extensive law suit:
"The defendant MLB.Com continued the onslaught to a point of comparing the plaintiff to someone of a confused state of mind, disgusted disgruntled and unintelligent and probably intellectually bankrupt individual," reads paragraph number 12.
Both the New York Post and Fox Sports have had access to the suit and describe it as error-laden. The mammoth $10 million demand only adds to the suspicion that this suit isn't being put in front of a judge anytime soon.
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