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Sleepy Yankees Fan Sues MLB, ESPN for Defamation

Andrew Rector

A 26-year-old man is suing Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees, and ESPN New York for character defamation after cameras caught him slumped over, sleeping on April 13th 2014, at Yankee Stadium as the Bronx Bombers faced off against the Boston Red Sox.

Andrew Rector is seeking $10 million in the suit he filed in Bronx County Supreme Court. He says that ESPN commentators Dan Shulman and John Kruk made fun of him, calling him “fatty, unintelligent and stupid.”

Video of the ESPN Sunday night footage was posted online by MLB, where viewers made further disparaging comments below the video. He was called “a fatty cow that need [sic] two seats at a time” and was accused of knowing nothing “about history and the meaning of rivalry between Red Sox and New York Yankees.”

Rector must have had a long weekend, or was a bit over served while taking in the game. This is certainly a tough break for this Yankee fan. Surely, if a Red Sox fan fell upon the same fate Yankees fans would have a field day with it. People hidden behind their computer screens can be cruel.

Just goes to show that in today’s world you need to sleep with one eye open.

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