This article was originally published by Gersh Kuntzman on New York Daily News and updated on Tuesday, March 8, 2016
No disrespect to the jury in the Erin Andrews case, but I can’t breathe.
The Fox Sports reporter just got a $55 million award for the pain and suffering of being videotaped naked in a Nashville hotel room in 2008.
Fifty five million dollars because people got to see Erin Andrews naked on the Internet.
But Erin Andrews is still alive and, as the defendants in the case argued, is certainly thriving. She’s free to go on “Dancing with the Stars” or schmooze with NFL players. But a jury felt her pain — and treated the symptoms with cash. America, what a country.
Such a huge jury verdict makes a mockery of real pain and genuine suffering.
Eric Garner, 43, was choked to death by an NYPD cop on a city street. The medical examiner ruled it a homicide. His family got $5.9 million.
The family of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, killed in that “rough ride” in a Baltimore police van in 2015, got $6.4 million.