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Yankee Fan Suing ESPN/Yankees for $10M


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A baseball fan who dozed off during a Yankee-Red Sox game sued the Yankees, ESPN and its announcers for defamation, claiming they broadcast photos of him asleep in his chair, calling him "fatty, unintelligent, [and] stupid.

The false statements include but are not limited to:

  • "Plaintiff is unintelligent and stupid individual."
  • "Plaintiff is not worthy to be fan of the New York Yankee."
  • "Plaintiff is a fatty cow that need two seats at all time and represent symbol of failure."
  • "Plaintiff is a confused disgusted and socially bankrupt individual."
  • "Plaintiff is confused individual that neither understands nor knows anything about history and the meaning of rivalry between Red Sox and New York Yankee."
  • "Plaintiff is so stupid that he cannot differentiate between his house and public place by snoozing throughout the fourth inning of the Yankee game."

Full Article: http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/07/07/69299.htm

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I wonder how these things work. Will the League/ESPN give this lawsuit the finger or attempt to buy him out with a small settlement + tickets to future games just to make him go away?

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You're giving his lawyers far too much credit.

I believe this is the very definition of the word frivolous. My question is, where did his lawyers get the phrase "fatty cow" from in this particular instance?

It's beyond frivolous. Rector's attorney, Mr. Valentine Okwara, must have quit school after the 3d grade based on the grammar and spelling in the filed complaint. And the "derogatory" comments cited in the complaint were not made by ESPN, their announcers, MLB or the Yankees organization. They were comments posted on the MLB.com site by folks who read the posted article and viewed the video clip. Rector became a side line story and his case stands no chance in court if a judge even agrees to hear it.

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