Ground-rule dullness

I didn’t see the Red Sox play the Yankees on the 13th of April, but then neither did this guy, and he was there:

A baseball fan who dozed off during a Yankee-Red Sox game sued the Yankees, ESPN and its announcers for defamation, claiming they broadcast photos of him asleep in his chair, calling him “fatty, unintelligent, [and] stupid.”

Andrew Robert Rector sued Major League Baseball Advanced Media, ESPN New York, the New York Yankees, and ESPN announcers Dan Shulman and John Kruk, in Bronx County Supreme Court. He demands $10 million in damages for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Rector claims he was filmed, and defamed, at the April 13 game between the Yankees and Red Sox, at Yankee Stadium. “In the course of watching the game plaintiff napped and this opened unending verbal crusade against the napping plaintiff,” the complaint states.

It could have been worse. They could have been showing that day’s Rangers/Astros game, during which the fans had a good reason to sleep.



  1. miniapplejack »

    8 July 2014 · 10:23 am

    True, at the Lastros game they would have had to find someone awake to make fun of…

  2. fillyjonk »

    8 July 2014 · 10:45 am

    I’m guessing this sets a precedent against my filming students napping in class….

  3. Brett »

    8 July 2014 · 11:37 am

    Falls asleep during the game and sues everybody but the serves-the-Lord-of-Darkness team that bored him into Morpheus’ bosom?

    Yup, that’s a Yankees fan.

  4. John Salmon »

    8 July 2014 · 12:29 pm

    Kruk, a notorious fatty who wrote a book called “I ain’t an athlete, lady, I’m a baseball player”, has a lot of room to talk.

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