A 26-year-old Yankee fan is suing ESPN, MLB and the New York Yankees claiming he was mocked by ESPN announcers after he dozed off in the middle of a Yankees-Red Sox game in April.
Andrew Rector is seeking a staggering $10 million in damages. He claims the unflattering footage of him asleep, shown in the video above, caused him intense emotional distress, especially after announcers supposedly mocked his physique.
Here’s what you need to know about him:
1. There’s Disagreement Over What Was Said in the Broadcast
The lawsuit claims the ESPN announcers Dan Shulman and John Kruk called Rector names like “fatty” and “unintelligent,” which were then broadcast around the world. However, if you listen to the video above, Shulman (pictured left) and Kruk (pictured right) don’t say any of the insults listed in the suit.
You can read the entire complaint here:
2. His Mom Defended the Suit’s Credibility
Soooo Andrew Rector is embarrassed about film of him sleeping at a Yankees game so he sues to get in the media EVEN MORE?! #notsmart
— Perkins (@perkinshphs) July 8, 2014
In an interview with the New York Post, Andrew Rector’s mother, Hana, defended her son’s lawsuit, saying, “it should send the message that idiots need to stay out of people’s business and not make fun of people who are harmless.” Rector’s lawyer, Valentine Okwara, told the Post, “we’ll settle this in court.”
3. Rector Has Left the Country
— Kyle Jordan (@KyleJordanLive5) July 8, 2014
In an interview with The New York Times, Hana Rector said her son had left the country. She said the public scorn her son endured caused him to miss work and that, “everyone made fun of him everywhere he went.”
4. The Defendants in the Suit Have Declined to Comment
According to The New York Times, a spokesperson for ESPN declined to comment on the suit, simply calling it “frivolous.” The Yankees declined to comment while a spokesperson for Major League Baseball did not return calls from a Times reporter.
5. Bad Things Tend to Happen to Fans Who Sleep at Games
As Fox Sports pointed out, Rector isn’t the first fan to be mocked after falling asleep during a Yankee game. The video above, taken at a Yankees game in 2011, shows an entire section of Yankee stadium laughing at a sleeping fan who unwittingly became part of a cup-stacking challenge. The description of the video reads as follows:
Fan falls asleep at a Yankee game only to become a section 231 legend. New standing record is 3 full size souvenir cups standing for at least a 3 count. In order to beat record, at least one participant must be passed out and unaware of the cup stack. Good luck to all who take part in the cup stacking phenomenon.