Sleeping Yankees Fan Sues ESPN, Claims Announcers Disparaged Him

New York Yankees fan Andrew Rector has filed suit against ESPN for allegedly focusing a camera on him when he was sleeping and announcers then supposedly mocking him as he napped. In the lawsuit, obtained by The Smoking Gun, Rector’s attorney says, “In the course of watching the game plaintiff napped and this opened unending verbal crusade against the napping plaintiff.”

In fact, the attorney also, somewhat oddly, references the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry as “always the biggest in all of sport,” and so of course his client was at this incredibly thrilling and exciting game, where he got tired and took a nap.

When the camera was on him, one of the announcers made some light, harmless jokes about Rector, calling him “oblivious” and the like. The lawsuit says they defamed Rector with words like “stupor, fatty, unintelligent, stupid,” but there’s one problem: the announcers never used any of those words.

You can watch the video of the incident here:

[h/t Slate]
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