Bryan Stow's mother may have called us a “City of Angels” for “embracing Bryan and supporting him” after his brutal beating in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on March 31, but that gratitude apparently doesn't extend to Dodgers owner Frank McCourt. Veteran L.A. reporter Kevin Roderick reports on his LA Observed blog that Stow's family will be suing the Dodgers in L.A. Superior Court today for “inappropriately [exposing Stow] to the criminal acts of third parties.”
The lawsuit, revealed in a print-only Daily Journal story, will hinge on the time it took for stadium personnel to respond:
What could have been a game-changing “10 to 15 minutes.”
As if he weren't unpopular enough already, McCourt responded to the beating by calling it unpreventable. (He was then the last major player to donate money to the reward pool for info leading to the assailants' arrests.)
“I'm quite confident that all of our measures were in place,” he infamously said the morning after. “You could have 2,000 policemen there, and it's just not going to change that random act of violence.”
Still, by the next game, LAPD blue blanketed the stadium, and things went off without a hitch.
Though Stow's condition is slowly improving — he recently opened his eyes and is being weened off seizure meds — he's still in a coma, and doctors are unsure if he'll ever fully recover.
After the Dodgers played the Giants on Opening Day, two young Dodgers fans reportedly began taunting Stow, who was wearing Giants gear, in the stadium's parking lot. Their first blow was to the back of the victim's head, followed by a pummeling of kicks and punches once he was on the ground.
The attack must have been a prolonged one, because when Stow's friends tried to step in, they were likewise kicked and punched. Dodgers security still hadn't responded by the time the attackers hopped in a car (driven by a woman in a Dodgers jersey) and sped away.
We've contacted the family's attorney — Thomas V. Girardi, an L.A. lawyer specializing in business litigation — for comment.
Update:KTVU reports that the lawsuit will ask the cash-strapped Dodgers for financial compensation for Stow's injuries, based on the team's lack of preparedness for an incident like the Opening Day beating.
“It's fairly simple,” Girardi told ESPN. “The Dodgers have shown a total disregard for public safety. They've gotten rid of security people. They've had all these incidents at their games, more than other teams. There's also a known gang presence. What did they think was going to happen?”
Girardi also revealed for the first time that former Giants slugger Barry Bonds had donated money for a scholarship for Stow's children. San Francisco Giants pitching ace Tim Lincecum and the club itself has also made donations to the Bryan Stow Fund.
He said the family planned to use some of the money they sought to repay the donations made to the fund.
Repay the donations? The Stows have got to be some of the most humble human beings in the MLB fan club.