Radio personality Tom Leykis adds $50,000 to reward for information on Dodger Stadium beating suspects
Longtime radio host Tom Leykis said Thursday he was pledging $50,000 toward the reward for information on the suspects who attacked a San Francisco Giants fan in a Dodger Stadium parking lot last week.
Leykis' pledge increases the reward fund to at least $150,000, including $50,000 offered by the Los Angeles City Council and $25,000 by the Dodgers. Bryan Stow, the fan whose skull was fractured in the beating, remains in critical condition at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.
In a telephone interview, Leykis called the incident "heartbreaking" and said he was "shocked" that the Dodgers offered $25,000, given that court papers filed in the divorce of Frank and Jamie McCourt showed the couple took $108 million in personal distributions from Dodgers revenues from 2004 to 2009.
"I want to offer double what the Dodgers are offering," Leykis said.
Leykis, who lives in Hollywood, said he has not attended a game at Dodger Stadium since the 2009 National League championship series, when he said he was "harassed by two drunks for eight innings, yelling obscenities about me and my show." He said security officials responded when he called them but "did absolutely nothing."
Frank McCourt, the Dodgers' owner, initially described the attack on Stow as a "random act of violence" but said he was "quite confident that all of our security measures were in place." The Dodgers on Wednesday hired former Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton to devise what the team called a "security blueprint" for the stadium and surrounding parking lots.
Leykis' radio show has been off the air since 2009. He is currently producing shows for Internet radio broadcasts.
"I have nothing to publicize. I'm not on the radio," he said. "I really care about the Dodgers and Dodger Stadium. They are so important to Los Angeles, and to our civic identity. They have been allowed to deteriorate. It's outrageous.
"My motivation for doing this is that I think I'm speaking for a lot of Dodger fans who see a disconnect between Frank McCourt and Los Angeles."
-- Bill Shaikin
Photo: Dodgers fan Eric Amend holds a sign expressing his thoughts during a prayer vigil for Bryan Stow outside the USC Medical Center on Wednesday. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Associated Press.