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Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Snooze Seen Round The World

Everybody has dreamed at one point or another of getting their 15 minutes of fame. Nevertheless, for New York Yankee’s fan Andrew Rector it has been more like a nightmare. Back in April Mr. Rector was caught snoozing in his seat during a Yankee versus Red Sox game. Moreover, everybody, including Mr. Rector, has been cashing in on it.

Announcers during the game were poking fun at Mr. Rector, as well as the man sitting next to him. After the game, his image went viral and you can now find several memes created in Mr. Rector’s honor. While some might be funny, most are being used to poke fun at fans of opposing teams, but it is all in good fun. Mr. Rector on the other hand doesn’t seem to find any of this entertaining.

It was reported on Monday, July 7, 2014, in the New York Daily News that Andrew Rector was filing a lawsuit for defamation of his character, he is also claiming emotional suffering. In his lawsuit, he names announcers John Kruk and Dan Shulman, ESPN, Major League Baseball, and the Yankees, as defendants and is asking for up to $10 million in damages. Mr. Rector claims in his lawsuit that the announcers used degrading terms, including “a fatty cow, stupor, unintelligent, and stupid.”

The lawsuit also claims, “These unmitigated verbal onslaughts crossed the line between reporting on sport and abuse against the plaintiff without reasonable cause or restraint.” A video of the announcers making fun of Mr. Rector and the gentleman sitting next to him was posted on YouTube and it does not include any of the putdowns Mr. Rector claims the announcers used.

Sure being picked on isn’t fun. Nobody wants their 15 minutes of fame to be of them sleeping at a professional baseball game, but when did that turn into a reason to file a lawsuit?

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