Sleeping baseball fan sues ESPN, citing ridicule

Posted: July 09, 2014

THE OLD SAYING goes: "If you snooze, you lose."

Unless you're 26-year-old Andrew Rector. His motto is: "If you snooze, you get to sue for $10 million."

Rector was caught napping by ESPN cameras during a Yankees-Red Sox "Sunday Night Baseball" game on April 13.

He is suing announcers John Kruk and Dan Shulman and ESPN, MLB and the Yankees for defamation.

Rector is represented by Valentine Okwara, of Jamaica, N.Y.

Smoking Gun obtained a copy of the lawsuit, which was filed in Bronx Supreme Court.

The grammatically challenged suit, which continually misspelled Kruk's last name, asserts:

* "Announcers like Dan Shulman and John Kruck unleashed avalanche of disparaging words against the person of and concerning the plaintiff. These words, include but not limited to 'stupor, fatty, unintelligent, stupid' knowing and intending the same to be heard and listened to by millions of people all over the world."

* "The defendant MLB.Com continued the onslaught to a point of comparing the plaintiff to someone of a confused state of mind, disgusted disgruntled and unintelligent and probably intellectually bankrupt individual."

* "The defendant Major league Baseball continually repeated these vituperative utterances against the plaintiff on the major league baseball web site the next day. These words and its insinuations presented the plaintiff as symbol of anything but failure."

* "John Kruck in his verbal attack insinuated that the plaintiff is individual that know neither history nor understood the beauty or rivalry between Boston Red Sox and New York Yankee."

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