Andrew Rector, 26, attended a baseball game and fell asleep. His concern is that the television cameras caught him and the game’s commentators made fun of him for his mid-game nap. The game was held on April 13 when the Yankees hosted the Boston Red Sox. ESPN televised the game – and Rector – nationally. Commentators John Kruk and Dan Shulman were the guys who talked about the sleeping baseball game attendee, according to a Yahoo! News report on Monday.
Not only was the incident on live television on ESPN, but the video was then put on MLB.com and YouTube with the title “Tired fan naps in the stands.” As could be expected, persons who viewed the video at MLB.com and on YouTube poked fun at Rector over the unusual incident of him napping through a baseball game. Rector’s response is to sue. He has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Yankees, MLB, ESPN, and the commentators – Kruk and Shulman. For his embarrassment in the situation, Rector hopes to get $10 million in damages due to what is referred to as an unending verbal crusade.
According to The Smoking Gun, the lawsuit states that announcers like Dan Shulman and John Kruk unleashed avalanche of disparaging words against the person of and concerning the plaintiff. It continued to assert that these words included – but were not limited to – stupor, fat, unintelligent, stupid. Of concern to Rector is that these descriptive words were intended to be heard and listened to by millions of people all over the world.
Of concern is that the ESPN broadcast reportedly did not say any of the things alleged in Rector’s lawsuit. Though the commentators poked fun at him by saying a ballpark isn’t the place to sleep, the list of offensive terms alleged in the lawsuit were reportedly not spoken. It is believed that the offensive terms named in the lawsuit may be words that people used when commenting on the video online.