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Video of Bryan Stow confronted at Dodger Stadium 'hard to watch,' his family says

June 30, 2011 |  7:59 am


A video that surfaced this week showing San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow being confronted by a Dodgers fan inside the stadium is "hard to watch," his family said in a statement.

Los Angeles police detectives investigating the beating of Stow in the stadium parking lot after the Dodgers' home opener are reviewing the video, which was posted on TMZ.com.

In the video snippet, purportedly taken in the hours before the attack, Stow can be seen seated during the March 31 game at Dodger Stadium, trying to ignore the seemingly angry Dodgers fan.

The fan is dressed in a blue Dodgers shirt with Banda 23 on the back. Robbery-homicide detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department had not seen the video before but do believe it is Stow who is seated, according to law enforcement sources.

"We have been getting a lot of inquiries regarding a video that was released this morning. It shows Bryan being yelled at by a Dodger fan while inside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day. It also shows Bryan being, well ... Bryan. Hands up, staying in his seat and non-confrontational," the family said in a statement posted on their website.

"This video is hard to watch, not only for the obvious reason that Bryan was taunted both in the video and after, but to see his face, scared and not wanting an altercation," the statement continued. "We hope this video puts to rest the rumor that Bryan is aggressive. He simply wanted to watch his Giants play. A perfect example of its JUST a game."

Officials said the video will be examined along with hundreds of hours of security video from the stadium camera system.

In the video, the man who confronts Stow, a 42-year-old father of two from Santa Cruz, does not appear to be Giovanni Ramirez, 31, whom L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck has identified as the primary suspect in the assault that left the victim in a coma with brain damage.

Ramirez through his lawyers has claimed to have an alibi proving he was not at the game. He has not been charged in connection with the attack.

Ramirez, who was arrested last month, was sent back to prison last week on a parole violation, for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Stow was attacked by two men in the stadium parking lot after the opening day game.

The assailants punched and kicked him after knocking him to the ground. They then fled in a car that was driven by a woman who was accompanied by a child believed to be about 10 years old.

Authorities say they believe the woman was wearing an Andre Ethier Dodgers shirt.


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Photo: Bryan Stow with his children. Credit: Stowe family