A Yankee fan who was shown sleeping during an April 13 game between New York and Boston at Yankee Stadium is suing ESPN and announcers Dan Shulman and John Kruk for $10 million due to emotional distress, according to The Smoking Gun.
According to the web site, Andrew Rector, 26, filed the lawsuit this month in State Supreme Court in the Bronx, because he ‘contends that he was subjected to an ‘unending verbal crusade’ by the ESPN announcers.” Shulman called the fan “oblivious” when an ESPN camera caught him napping, while Kruk said the ballpark was not exactly “the place you come to sleep.”
The lawsuit also names the Yankees and Major League Baseball, which included the video as part of its highlights package (also seen above) as defendants.
Rector “alleges that he was defamed by comments portraying him as a ‘fatty cow that needs two seats’ and a ‘confused disgusted and socially bankrupt individual,’ according to the Smoking Gun. The site also points out that the plaintiff still lists the Yankees as one of his three favorite teams on his Facebook page.