Yankees fan shown sleeping on TV suing ESPN for $10 million

NEW YORK — A sleepy New York Yankees fan is suing ESPN, saying that he was mocked by announcers on air, according to the New York Post.

Andrew Rector filed a $10 million defamation suit against the sports network and commentators Dan Shulman and John Kruk on July 3. Rector claims the two unleashed an “avalanche of disparaging words” over his nationally televised nap.

Rector was filmed sleeping during the April 13 game between the Yankees and Boston Red Sox. His lawsuit claims that as a result of him being shown asleep on TV, he “suffered substantial injury” to his “character and reputation,” as well as “mental anguish, loss of future income and loss of earning capacity.”

Both ESPN and the Yankees declined to comment on the lawsuit.


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