The television camera often catches fans at ball games doing strange things or wearing funny costumes, with the sports announcing making a quip or two before moving on to the actual game.
Rector has demanded $10 million in damages for defamation and mental anguish.
Rector claims in his suit that ESPN’s announcers, Dan Shulman and John Kruk, “unleashed an avalanche of disparaging words” about him, suggesting he was overweight and stupid.
As the New York Times aptly pointed out, the lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court in the Bronx last week, seems recalls a “Seinfeld” episode in which “George Costanza’s reputation is destroyed and his girlfriend breaks up with him after a television camera catches him gluttonously digging into an ice cream sundae at the United States Open.”
ESPN called the lawsuit frivolous. The Yankees and Major League Baseball have not commented.
According to a video clip on Major League Baseball’s website, ESPN’s Shulman said that “this guy’s oblivious” and Kruk opined that “this is not the place you come to sleep.”
Watch the clip: