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Sleeping Yankees fan: Dozing dude, the brunt of jokes, sues ESPN for $10 million

Don’t fall asleep at a Yankee game, ever. He’s no Rip Van Winkle, but one man’s cat nap in the middle of a New York Yankees game caught the eye, and the ire, of ESPN sports announcers, who ripped the dozing dude during their broadcast back on April 13.

Reports on July 7: “As a result of announcers John Kruk and Dan Shulman's alleged ‘avalanche of disparaging words’ and statements published on, 26-year-old Andrew Rector seeks $10 million in damages, alleging defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.”

Rector’s lawsuit (which by the way is full of misspellings and what Fox Sports calls “bizarre phraseology”), alleges that Kruk and Shulman called Rector “fatty,” “unintelligent,” in a “stupor” and “stupid.” No such terms were used, at least in the available video showing Rector’s snooze and the related commentary.

The Smoking Gun carried screen shots of Rector’s suit. It’s written like someone took a wheelbarrow full of 13-letter words and a handful of commas and stuffed them into a laundromat top loader, stuck a couple quarters in and yanked out the most poorly written excuse for a legal filing, ever.

Take paragraph 13 for example, our personal favorite:

Nothing triggered all these assertions only that the plaintiff briefly slept off while watching the great game something or circumstance any one can easily found them self.

Paragraph 16 is quite good as well:

Plaintiff assert that defendants are guilty of juxtaposition of a series of fact that imply defamatory connection between them , and in doing so they create defamatory implication even though the particular fact are connected.

Who’s on first, What’s on second and Juxtaposing Implications are on third.

Poor Rector. He goes from a napping Nancy to a court case dunderhead. carried an article written by A.J. Perez entitled Here's why sleeping Yankees fan who filed 'idiotic' defamation lawsuit has no shot at winning. We agree – no shot for this portly baseball enthusiast. And $10 million dollars? Any lawyer worth his weight in number 2 pencils should be ashamed to file such frivolous nonsense.

Here’s the YouTube video that everyone has been talking about.

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