Yankees Fan Caught Sleeping Sues ESPN for $10 Million

Submitted Tue, 07/08/2014 - 8:04am by BossFrog

They say if you snooze you lose, but one man is trying to turn his nap at a New York Yankees game into a $10 million payday. 

The New York Post reports Andrew Rector filed a defamation suit in Bronx Supreme Court on July 3rd against two ESPN announcers that he claims ridiculed him on national television for dozing off in his seat at Yankee Stadium on April 13th.

The suit names as defendants ESPN and announcers Dan Shulman and John Kruk, who he claims unleashed an "avalanche of disparaging words" on him during his nationally televised nap.  The suit also names Major League Baseball and the Yankees as defendants.

Rector, a used-car dealer, admits in court documents that he "briefly slept" during the night game between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. He claims Shulman and Kruk made "false statements" that suggested that he's "not worthy" to be a Yankees fan. 

The Post reports Rector's "typo-ridden suit" also states the announcers suggested he "is a fatty cow that need two seats at all time and represent symbol of failure."

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

The Post reports ESPN and the Yankees both declined comment on the matter.