NEW YORK — A baseball fan who was caught on camera by ESPN sleeping at a Yankees game is now suing the network.
The New York Post reported Andrew Rector has filed a $10 million lawsuit against ESPN. Rector is claiming he was defamed by the announcers, Dan Shulman and John Kruk.
Rector was in the stands and appeared to be sleeping with his head hanging to the side when he was spotted by a cameraman.
“It’s not the place you come to sleep,” one of the announcers said.
Rector admitted he fell asleep for a brief time during the April 13 game between the Boston Red Sox and the Yankees.
According to the lawsuit, Shulman and Kruk allegedly began an “unending verbal crusade” against him.
“These unmitigated verbal onslaughts crossed the line between reporting on sport and abuse against the plaintiff without reasonable cause or restraint,” Rector’s suit said.
ESPN declined to discuss the suit.