Baseball fan falls asleep at game, now he's suing for US$10 million
What did this Yankees fan do when he was caught on camera falling asleep at a baseball game?
Andrew Robert Rector is now suing ESPN TV presenters Dan Shulman and John Kruk with a US$10 million (S$12.4 million) defamation lawsuit. Rector is accusing these announcers for putting him through an "unending verbal crusade" after the cameras caught him snoozing in the Yankee Stadium in April.
A YouTube video filmed at the Yankees game against historic rivals Red Sox shows an overweight man in deep sleep, with his head tilted on his shoulder.
The lawsuit, which was filed at the Bronx Supreme Court, states that these merciless taunts unleashed an "avalanche of disparaging words" against him including "fatty, unintelligent, stupid."
The suit also says: "These unmitigated verbal onslaughts crossed the line between reporting on sport and abuse against the plaintiff without reasonable cause or restraint."
Rector also claimed that the announcers made "false statements" about him including one that he is a "fatty cow that need two seats at a time".
He also added that he has suffered from emotional distress as a result.
He is also suing ESPN, Major League Baseball and the Yankees.
Well, if he wins, let's hope he doesn't sleep through his homerun.
Sources: New York Daily News, New York Post