Sleeping baseball fan sues ESPN for $10 million after being caught on camera

Sleeping baseball fan sues ESPN for $10 million after being caught on camera

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Jul 8, 2014

It isn't unusual for cameras at professional sporting events to capture fans doing odd things. In fact, it often seems that the camera operators are looking for it. Most people seem to enjoy their brief 10 seconds of fame no matter what the reason.

A man who was caught sleeping on national television during a baseball game is not one of those people, though, and now he is suing ESPN for $10 million.

It happened on April 13 during a game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York.

ESPN commentators Dan Shulman and John Kruk discussed the sleeping man for a couple of minutes, speculating on whetherhe would have neck problems as a result of his uncomfortable sleeping position and wondering how he could sleep through a game, specifically an earlier home run. They also talked about the man who was sitting next to the sleeping man and eating chicken tenders.

Apparently, a bunch of people later gave the baseball fan a hard time about sleeping on national television.

According to the lawsuit, 26-year-old Andrew Robert Rector says he suffered "substantial injury" to his "character and reputation." He also suffered "mental anguish, loss of future income and loss of earning capacity."

The lawsuit also claims the commentators used words like "fatty" and "stupid" while talking about him, although nothing like that can be heard in the clip that was posted online.

It is true that Rector became a subject of ridicule online for catching 20 winks at a game. People who saw the clip posted unkind comments on ESPN's website and on YouTube, and Barstool Sports even posted this on Twitter.

According to the New York Times, the poorly-written lawsuit was filed by a relatively new lawyer from Jamaica, Queens. It was filed in the State Supreme Court in Bronx, New York. Mr. Rector's mother says her son is currently out of the country.


Rector is also suing ESPN New York, Major League Baseball Advance Media and the New York Yankees.

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to