Andrew Robert Rector admits he “napped” during a game against the Boston Red Sox on April 13, but says commentators Dan Shulman and John Kruk unleashed an “avalanche of disparaging words” against him. The suit says they used words like “fatty” and “stupid”.
Rector says he suffered “substantial injury” to his “character and reputation” and “mental anguish, loss of future income and loss of earning capacity”.
The lawsuit filed in Bronx Supreme Court also names ESPN, Major League Baseball, and the Yankees as defendants. It contends Rector was the victim of an “unending verbal crusade”.
“These words, include but not limited to “stupor, fatty, unintelligent, stupid” knowing and intending the same to be heard and listened to by millions of people all over the world,” the suit says.
It says the teasing escalated after several media outlets reposted the video and included false statements that the plaintiff is “a confused disgusted and socially bankrupt individual”.