07 July 2014

Sleeping Yankees fan suing ESPN, MLB in silliest lawsuit ever

In a country that has never met a lawsuit it did not like, we may have just found the silliest one yet. During the April 13th game between the Yankees and the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball broadcast crew of Dan Shulman and John Kruk ribbed the man pictured above for being asleep during the game. This went on for a couple of minutes as Shulman and Kruk seemed to have some gentle fun as the asleep fan's expense. This incident was obviously captured by video and clipped on MLB.com and on YouTube. No big deal, right?

Well, apparently not to the fan in question, Anthony Rector, who is now suing Shulman, Kruk, ESPN and Major League Baseball for $10 million in damages, as first reported by The Smoking Gun.

First, here's the video of the incident:


Now Rector admits that he "briefly slept" during the game, but he accuses the two broadcasters of an "unending verbal crusade" against him, as per the New York Post. He is also suing MLB for uploading the video above which supposedly led to commenters disparaging the fan, which he also comically attempts to attribute Shulman and Kruk.

What may be the best part is the complaint filed by Rector, which the Post described as being "typo-ridden." You can read it below from TSG.


I have seen my fair share of surprising decisions over the years, but I feel somewhat confident that this suit will be going nowhere.

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