Bryan Stow settlement could be 'massive,' creditors panel says
If the Dodgers lose the lawsuit filed by injured Giants fan Bryan Stow and his family, the potentially "massive" financial liability could threaten the team's ability to pay its creditors, attorneys for the official creditors' committee said Wednesday.
The committee filed papers in U.S. District Court on Wednesday saying that even though the Dodgers believe they are not liable for Stow's injuries in the parking lot beating on Opening Day, a finding against the team "could give rise to a massive claim that would dilute the pool of funds available" to repay creditors.
The Dodgers and their parent company are more than $600 million in debt, according to court testimony. That does not include the $131-million divorce settlement for Jamie McCourt or damages a court could award to Stow.
Owner Frank McCourt expects to sell the Dodgers for more than $1 billion, with debts and tax liabilities that could approach that number.
Meanwhile, new details emerged this week about Stow's condition. His family and friends gave an interview to NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams" and the network's chief medical editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, spoke briefly with Stow.
Although video footage shows a remarkable recovery for Stow — he is now speaking and able to write his name — his family said he is far from the person he was before the beating and is expected to be permanently disabled. He probably will never be able to return to work as a paramedic.
Two friends who were with Stow on the night of the beating described the brutal beating and the sound of Stow's head cracking as it hit asphalt.
Most of the damage was sustained to Stow's frontal lobe, Snyderman said during the interview that aired Monday. That area impacts decision making, planning and personality.
Stow continues to undergo extensive therapy six days a week and requires round-the-clock care.
His mother, Ann Stow, said his medical care is costing millions of dollars and is "going to be a long road."
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Photo: Bryan Stow with his children, Tyler and Tabitha. Credit: Bryan Stow family