Outrage after Dodgers attorney suggests Bryan Stow partly to blame
The attorney for Bryan Stow's family blasted the Los Angeles Dodgers and owner Frank McCourt after an attorney for the team suggested Stow may be found partly to blame for the beating that left him in a coma.
The Stow family is suing the Dodgers over the beating, which occurred at the team's home opener in March against the San Francisco Giants.
“How you are judged in life is how you react after mistakes,” said Stow attorney Thomas Girardi. “Oh, so here it is, let’s blame the innocent guy for the lack of security at Dodger Stadium...McCourt’s taken millions out of the Dodgers and he and his attorneys know the end is near.”
Girardi noted Major League Baseball has alleged in bankruptcy court that McCourt took $189.16 million out of the team. Girardi said Stow’s medical costs already top $3 million, exceeding the Dodgers' insurance coverage, and Stow's total damages could top $50 million. Because the amount is so high, Stow’s attorneys are on the Dodgers bankruptcy creditors committee.
The Dodgers' Jerome Jackson told The Times his statements were purely in reference to how a civil jurymight break down responsibility for the beating after the Dodgers' home opener. He cited a magazine article that said Stow had alcohol in his system when he was admitted to the hospital.
"As Sports Illustrated noted, Bryan Stow was admitted with 0.176 blood alcohol level and that is something that will be considered at trial," he said.
Stow, a father of two, was walking through the Dodger Stadium parking lot with two friends after the Dodgers' opening-day victory over the Giants when he was attacked. Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, have been charged in connection with the attack.
Jackson initially talked about the case to ESPN on Thursday, saying: "I've been doing these cases for 23 years and I have never seen one yet which it didn't take at least two people to tango."
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Bryan Stow and his children.