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Sleeping Yankees fan sues ESPN announcers for $10 million


Published:   |   Updated: July 8, 2014 at 08:07 AM

NEW YORK — A Yankees fan has filed a $10 million lawsuit against two ESPN announcers claiming they mocked him when he was caught on national television sleeping in his seat during a game at Yankee Stadium.

In court documents, Andrew Robert Rector admitted he “napped” during a game against the Boston Red Sox on April 13, but said commentators Dan Shulman and John Kruk unleashed an “avalanche of disparaging words” against him. The suit says they used words like “fatty, unintelligent” and “stupid,” knowing they would be heard by millions of people.

Rector says he “suffered substantial injury” to his “character and reputation” and “mental anguish, loss of future income and loss of earning capacity.”

The lawsuit filed in Bronx Supreme Court on Thursday also names ESPN, Major League Baseball and the Yankees as defendants.

ESPN, MLB and the Yankees didn’t immediately respond to email requests for comment.

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