Sleeping Yankees fan sues ESPN, MLB for showing him snoozing on TV
THE BRONX, NY – 3 strikes. 9 innings. 40 winks? A Yankees fan is suing just about everyone connected to baseball after he was televised snoozing during a ballgame. 26-year-old Andrew Rector is seeking $10 million dollars in a defamation lawsuit filed against the Yankees, Major League Baseball, ESPN and two announcers, after cameras caught Rector “out-cold” during a Yanks/Red Sox game in April. Here’s the play by play:
Rector claims the announcers used disparaging words to mock him on national TV, causing him to suffer “substantial injury” to his “character and reputation”. Rector, by the way, is a used-car salesman when he’s not a sleep.
Whether this case is for real or just frivolous, listening to a rebroadcast of the game the announcers do acknowledge the sleepy sports fan but seem more in awe of his deep hibernation state, rather than his character.
The lawsuit was filed in Bronx Supreme Court, where Rector will soon try to change the saying “you snooze, you loose” by winning this case. But we all know this whole thing is just one whole, 9 inning long pipe dream.