BRONX, N.Y., July 7 (UPI) -- A man who was shown sleeping during the broadcast of a Yankee-Red Sox baseball game on ESPN has filed a defamation suit claming that he was portrayed as being "fatty, unintelligent and stupid."
Rector is seeking $10 million in damages for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress after being shown on television during the April 13 game between the Yankees and the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
"In the course of watching the game plaintiff napped and this opened unending verbal crusade against the napping plaintiff," the complaint states, Courthouse News reported.
"Announcers like Dan Shulman and John Kruk unleashed avalanche of disparaging words against the person of and concerning the plaintiff. 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 curiously-worded complaint makes reference to the shot of Rector sleeping being posted on MLB.com and continuing "the onslaught to a point of comparing the plaintiff to someone of a confused state of mind, disgusted disgruntled and unintelligent and probably intellectually bankrupt individual."
ESPN just showed a baseball fan in the stands sleeping during the Yankees-Red Sox Game...— Steve Finamore (@CoachFinamore) April 14, 2014
ESPN camera catches guy at Yankee Stadium sleeping during Yankees/Red Sox. #bosvsnyy— Geoffrey Sorensen (@GSorensen) April 14, 2014