A New York Yankees fan who was caught on TV sleeping while attending their game on April 13 against the Boston Red Sox, has filed a $10 million lawsuit against ESPN broadcasters Dan Schulman and John Kruk for defamation. According to the plaintiff, the two broadcasters released an avalanche of disparaging words against him.
Andrew Robert Rector admitted that he “briefly slept” while in attending the April 13 game between the A.L. East rivals, and when ESPN cameras caught him sleeping during the fourth inning, the Sunday Night Baseball announcers launched into what he described as an “unending verbal crusade” against him, with their “vituperative utterances” redistributed on the MLB website the following day.
According to the report, Rector’s suit was riddled with typos and improper grammar, claiming the broadcasters insinuated that he “is a fatty cow that need two seats at a time” and “is a confused individual that neither understands nor knows anything about history or the meaning of rivalry between Red Sox and Yankees.”
Along with ESPN, the MLB and Yankees are also listed as defendants. Here’s the video of what the broadcasters said about Rector. Do you think this is a frivolous lawsuit or does Rector have a serious case?