Well I guess some people can’t take a joke…
An apparently exhausted Yankee fan by the name of Andrew Rector may have briefly fallen asleep during a New York Yankees game, but he’s not amused by comments made by two ESPN announcers, Dan Shulman and John Kruk.
Rector has filed a $10 million defamation suit against not only the commentators, but ESPN as a whole, as well as the MLB.
He claims that he was subjected to an “unending verbal crusade” by Shulman and Kruk, and that the jokes made at his expense caused him “emotional distress.”
The court documents also claim that, “ESPN cameras focused on the plaintiff, Announcers like Dan Shulman and John Kruck unleashed avalanche of disparaging words against the person of and concerning the plaintiff. These words, include but not limited to ‘stupor, fatty, unintelligent, stupid.”
And ESPN has already come forward to make a formal statement denying the claims, saying, “The comments attributed to ESPN and our announcers were clearly not said in our telecast. The claims presented here are wholly without merit.”
When I heard about this story all I could do was laugh. Dude get over it you fell asleep and the camera caught you. You don’t go trying to sue everything and everyone just because you were embarrassed. When I fall down a flight of stairs do you see me trying to sue the house owner?
I got a little curious as to whether or not his lawsuit had any merit. So, I interviewed prosecutor/Criminal Defense Attorney Randy Zelin. I asked if there was any chance of Rector winning his case. His response was just priceless, “When dogs and cats learn to live in peace and harmony.”
“The elements of defamation include saying something that is not true; being at fault, which fault caused damages. Truth is a defense; nobody did anything wrong. The guy has no damages,” adds Zelin.
So you heard from the professional. What do you think of this case?