Family Of Beaten SF Giants Fan Sues LA Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (CBS 5) — The family of beaten San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday in L.A. County Superior Court, claiming inadequate security was partially to blame for the attack.

>> Download A Copy Of The Stow Lawsuit (.pdf)

Stow, 42, a paramedic from Santa Cruz, was brutally beaten in a parking lot of Dodger Stadium on March 31. He was flown to San Francisco General Hospital last week for additional trauma care after more than a month of treatment at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for brain damage.

The suit filed on behalf of Stow contends the Dodgers were negligent by not providing more security and not having adequate lighting in the parking lot where the attack occurred on Opening Day.

The suit also claims the stadium has more crime than any other Major League Baseball venue and that the Dodgers organization knew the area was unsafe and a haven for known gang members to “meet, plan and carry out criminal activity.”

Stow remain listed in critical condition Tuesday. His sister said Monday that he had stopped having seizures but had not regained consciousness, even though he was no longer in a coma.

Attorney Thomas V. Girardi, who is representing the Stow family in the suit, stated that it took 15 minutes for stadium personnel to respond when they were notified of the beating.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

He said the Dodgers “knew that the decrease in security forces at Dodger Stadium, coupled with the decrease of uniformed officers patrolling the stadium, would lead to increased attacks and criminal activity on their property.”

The attorney said several other measures also could have been taken to prevent the attack, including ejection of disorderly fans, refusal to have known criminals or gang members attend games and the promotion of responsible consumption of alcohol.

Stow, who wore Giants gear to the game, was taunted repeatedly and some Dodgers fans threw peanuts, hot dogs and wrappers at him and his friends, according to the lawsuit. It also points out that a half-off beer promotion was scrapped at Dodger games after the Stow beating.

The Stow family was not suing the Dodgers for a specified amount of money, however, the suit stated that it would take $45 to $50 million in medical benefits to give Stow a good quality of life.

The Los Angeles Police Department, which arrested a man Sunday for the attack on Stow, was not named in the lawsuit.

The LAPD has called Giovanni Ramirez, 31, the main aggressor in Stow’s attack. They are still seeking a second attacker and a woman suspected of driving the pair from the crime scene.

>> Suspect Arrested In Beating Of Giants Fan

>> Family Of Beaten Giants Fan Expresses Gratitude For Arrest

A spokesman for troubled Dodgers owner Frank McCourt did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment about the suit.

The lawsuit is the latest problem for McCourt, who in recent weeks has seen MLB appoint a monitor to oversee the Dodgers and his ex-wife ask a judge presiding over their divorce trial to order the sale of the team.

Baseball officials also have said they don’t believe McCourt has enough money to make payroll at the end of this month.

The attorney for the Stow family claims McCourt has mismanaged one of baseball’s most storied franchises by spending lavishly since buying the team in 2004 and reducing security during games — even though Dodger stadium has been plagued by violence in the past.

A Giants fan was shot and killed in the parking lot in September 2003. Pete Marron was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for the first-degree murder of Marc Antenorcruz, 25.

In April 2009, a man stabbed his friend in the stadium parking lot after the home opener. Arthur Alvarez was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Alvarez, who contended that he was knocked to the ground and acted in self-defense, was later acquitted by a jury.

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  1. Tonya Davis says:

    I think the family is going a bit overboard with the suing of the Dodgers it is not their fault that Mr. Stow was beat up they need to sue the guy that the police has in custody right now..

    1. jeff says:

      what is the point of sueing that guy? do you really think that he has ANY money to pay for anything related to the medical costs for Stow?!?!? seriously….

    2. Amy says:

      The guy is the perpetrator but the crime happened on Dodgers property and with inadequate security because the Dodgers were trying to cut spending. This created the dangerous situation and the slow response to first reports of the incident. The Dodgers franchise is certainly partly at fault and should contribute to Stow’s needs for the rest of his handicapped life.

      1. jeff says:

        Thank you Amy!!! Well said…

      2. yobama says:

        Amy, you are wrong

      3. Don says:

        What a sue-happy country. This is what is wrong with America. Everyone wants to cash in on a tragedy. The only people who are responsible are the thugs themselves.

      4. Lee says:

        Dodgers are at fault also, and if it is true that security had been cut to save a “dime”, then even more so the Dodgers are responsible. At Giant games, there are police everywhere, not cheap hired security, SFPD on patrol!

      5. sonny says:

        Amy is right! If the Dodgers are hosting a game in their stadium they must provide proper security for the fans that go there. If the Dodgers worry bout their money and provide security in which it took them 15mins. to respond to a fight, then what’s then obviously there weren’t enough security. Imagine if it had happen to you or your loved ones being beaten and not get help until 15mins. later…would you sue the Dodgers for not providing the right amount of security?

    3. Daniel Burns says:

      He was beaten on dodgers stadium property and they have insurance. The guy who beat him probably is a felon with no income.
      There should have been security around to watch the lots.
      This guy is most likely going to die for what? A friggen baseball game. It is a sick world.

    4. Lil confused in Northern Cali says:

      I’m sorry you feel that way but i’m sure that you might have a different opinion if it was someone close to you.Not the Dogers fault? Failing to provide adequate lighting and security for all those in attendance is lacking resonsibility. As an FYI gang members in Southern Cali do not like people from Northern Cali in “their territory” those that beat up Bryan did it because he was wearing a jersey that represented a team from Northern Ca and they probably did it to make some Stupid A** name for themself… I really feel bad for the Stow family, My prayers go out to you and the children.

    5. eddie says:

      probably would be cheaper if Mr. stow is dead..
      sorry but true

    6. NATURAL SELECTION says:

      Two words: NATURAL SELECTION

      I lost a ton of respect for the Stow family over this latest move to sue (I am a Giants fan and hate LA). Up until this point, I thought the Stow family had handled themselves with class. The Dodgers went out of their way to host a fundraiser, etc that they didn’t need to do.

      Now let’s have a little reality check here:

      1) It is commonly known that LA has gang violence.

      2) It is commonly known that blue is a typical gang color and the Dodger blue is used by some gangs.

      3) It is commonly known that the Dodger/Giant series has a long, long, long history of ruckus between fans both here in the Bay Area and in Los Angeles.

      4) It is commonly known that fans at baseball games get drunk and belligerent.

      Thus, this is what Bryan decided to do: He’s going to wear his Giants jersey knowing all of this and risk his own safety in the process. Well, not to sound crude, but I wonder if that risk/reward was worth it.

      My girlfriend is a huge Patriots fan. She got Raiders tickets in the BlackHole for the game several years ago. She wanted to wear her Patriot gear there, but I reasoned with her and told her that the risk wasn’t worth the reward. Was acting like a 10 year old and wearing her team colors worth getting injured over? The answer is CLEARLY no. By wearing the jersey, all she was doing was taunting drunk Raider fans to do something stupid.

      Should she have been able to wear her Patriot gear there? Absolutely yes. Should Bryan have been able to safely wear his Giants gear in Chavez Ravine? Absolutely yes. However, we don’t live in a utopian society and practical sense needs to come into play.

      So in this dichotomy, my girlfriend diffused a potentially harmful and dangerous situation before it took place while Bryan chose to play Russian Roulette. So in the end, it comes down to natural selection.

      Bryan could have called security and asked them to escort him to the car before leaving the safety of the physical stadium. Bryan could have been legally carrying pepper spray knowing that he was going to a game that involved some risk and the spray could have fended off the attackers. Bryan could have walked out with a large group of other people for safety reasons and stayed within the pack. Bryan could have checked his hubris aside and screamed out for help after confronting the thugs instead of deciding simply to walk away and not seek further help. Bryan could have been carrying a whistle to draw attention to himself once he felt threatened. Etc, etc, etc.

      While I don’t envy Bryan’s current state of affairs, I never would have placed myself in that precarious situation to begin with. Especially not over a childish thing like wearing “your” team’s jersey. That’s the difference.

      So to his family: Stop your greed and don’t blame another franchise for Bryan’s incompetence and poor decision making.

  2. Bodine says:

    Umm, that thug doesn’t have any money. The family needs $$$ to keep Bryan healthy and – hopefully – happy, and as this attack took place on Dodgers’ property, they Dodgers are certainly partially liable.

  3. Dennis says:

    People need to realize it is the lawyers that look for and find reason’s to file a lawsuit. That is their job. That is how they earn their living. The family only has to agree that the lawsuit be filed under their name.

    1. jeff says:

      If your son was beaten into a coma, and it costs $100k to keep him alive and pay for his rehab, wouldn’t you sue? or would you let him die because you were financially unable to pay his medical bills?? YOU need to realize that sometimes, there are legitimate reasons to file a lawsuit..

      1. Bill says:

        that is why we have obamacare to cover these things. Why not sue the city of Los Angeles. they probably actually own the property and why not the police for taking so long to respond. While you are at it, sue MLB for allowing the Dodgers to exist to begin with

  4. cindy says:

    I agree tha the family should sue the dogers, after all we should be able to go
    to a game and not have to worry for our safety. My kids go to games and i would be very upset if somthing like this happened to them,

  5. Julia says:

    Another despicable ambulane chasing lawyer to prey upon those in misery, and talk them into something which is really unethical. The Dodgers, or their owners, had nothing to do with this random act by low life gang types!

    1. jeff says:

      LET ME REPEAT THIS.. If your son was beaten into a coma, and it costs $100k to keep him alive and pay for his rehab, wouldn’t you sue? or would you let him die because you were financially unable to pay his medical bills?? YOU need to realize that sometimes, there are legitimate reasons to file a lawsuit..

      1. jeff says:

        and is it really “unethical” to say that the Dodger’s stadium SHOULD have the proper security measures to prevent this kind of situation from happening?? Maybe when you are faced with a similar situation where you, a friend, or a family member is getting assaulted somewhere (let’s say a sporting event) by some drunk, irrational, overly-excited sports fan and no security has come to your/their aide, then MAYBE you’ll understand why there is a need to bring this option in..

      2. Don says:

        The reason that you gave isn’t necessarily grounds for a lawsuit. The family not having money to care for the patient isn’t relevant. What is relevant is safety. You should have gone with that argument.

      3. MARGIE says:

        I agree with Jeff. How many out there who have kids think they should not sue?
        If your child (no matter the age) was in the same situation as Brian Stowe, you would sue. You would have to sue. Otherwise, he would die because you would not be able to afford the health insurance. What is really sad is this is a man who had a job trying to take care of others.
        SHAME ON ALL OF YOU PEOPLE CALLING THE FAMILY SUE HAPPY! UNTIL YOU ARE IN THERE SHOES, SHUT UP!

    2. Lil' Confused in Northern Cali says:

      @ Julia… What the hell are you failing to understand?

    3. Carl says:

      Margie said:

      “SHAME ON ALL OF YOU PEOPLE CALLING THE FAMILY SUE HAPPY! UNTIL YOU ARE IN THERE SHOES, SHUT UP!”

      I suggest you watch your big mouth ma’am. Just because someone disagrees with you you don’t have to tell them to shut up. In fact, why don’t you follow your own advice and shut it.

      The fact is the Dodgers gave $100,000 leading to the arrest of this guy and he got arrest. And you know the reward played a role. Dare I say the family is ‘sue happy’ or Margie might tell me to shut up.

  6. bob says:

    I would love to hears the whole story. We only have one side of it and have already crucified the accused.

  7. Jenn says:

    Ummm…isn’t it the City of Los Angeles’ fault that there was not enough security at the game? Typically, the teams rent the stadiums, they do not own them. Usually the CIty of the stadium does the hiring, not the team. However, get the money where you can get it so you can give Bryan the best treatment. I wish them well.

  8. Angela says:

    The Stow family say that they’re only concerned with the recovery of Bryan Stow but it only looks like they are just being greedy for money. This family has not only received support from people all over the world, but has been given money for donations from those that have a heart and soul and may not have that much money to give in the first place. I am a Giants fan, yes, but that does not mean that I beleive that the Dodgers are responsible for what has happened to Bryan Stow and if the Stow family could look pass the dollar signs for a moment then maybe the family could see the truth for what it is.

    1. Cindy Garcia says:

      very true.

    2. jeff says:

      Have you EVER had to pay for medical costs for someone who’s been in a coma for over a month?!?!?! Do you THINK it is free to keep someone in a hospital for that long?!?! Do you REALLY think that once he wakes up, that he’s going back to work the next day?!?! How the hell is he supposed to maintain his wife, kids, and his own life while he’s comatose?!?! Do you REALLY think that they are just being greedy now?!?! Think about it!!!!

      1. Wanky says:

        Jeff, you seem to be a retar%$. Please get back on your meds and get back to the looney bin

    3. Tyron Biggins says:

      Well said Angela

    4. Candi says:

      Yes, people have come to their aid. But people forget and move on to the next story. The Stowe family will never get to move on, they will have to live with this and the medical costs the rest of Brian’s life. The costs are staggering, more than the average person could ever pay for. Trust me, The Dodgers have liability insurance, just as I do with homeowners insurance. If someone gets hurt on my property, I can be held responsible.

  9. Keith says:

    they have to. the loser that beat him up probably has no money. The dodgers who have millions and insurance should have had better security in their parking lot. that’s the way it works. I would do the same thing. He life is worth a having some quality healthcare since he no longer can share his life with his family.

    1. Tony Ciccolella says:

      The dodgers can’t even make payroll so how do they “have millions?” Sure, they’re insurance would cover it but they are flat broke, that’s the reason MLB is taking over all the operations of the organization.

  10. Tam says:

    the Dodgers have known about security issues in their parking lots and did little to nothing to ensure all of their patrons more safety at their games. bryan and his family deserves the peace of mind that money will bring to their financial burdens as it relates to his health care.

  11. anji says:

    I completely agree with everything Angela says!

  12. D says:

    45-50 million is a bit excessive. Keep in mind the average person with a college degree makes $2~4 million in their lifetime. Makes me question the family’s true intentions.

  13. Robert says:

    I can’t believe that after all the Dodgers have done to help the family that they are now going to sue the Dodgers! I’m afraid that this will hurt the support everyone has given Brian at this difficult time. No wonder the family wasn’t available for comment today. His Mom sure has been sucking up the limelight till today. You can’t protect everyone from random acts of violence by some stupid gang-banger. If California had a more reasonable right to carry law there would be a lot less of these things happening. They would never know who was carrying and going to stop them.

  14. Laurel says:

    Hear the other side BOB? There are already eyewitnesses..
    God so typical of a gangsters mother to say, “He was a good boy.”

  15. Laurel says:

    I’ve know people with brain damage..Not only will he be lucky to come back from this but he will NEVER be the same..Anybody have a clue as to the cost of 24 hour care? His insurance won’t last forever. Other venues provide security and someone needs to be held up..Just saying folks..If it were my child there would be hell to pay..

    1. Wanky says:

      What is your point? Sure someone for millions? You have no clue

  16. oaktown says:

    I feel that the city, dodgers are at fault what do it cost for them to have sercurity in the parking lot i know some ballparks have that all the time the oakland A’s do all the time during and after the game heck put MLB in there to they’re one big family this should have never happen good luck to his family and my prayers are with you all…

  17. Evi says:

    I felt sorry for the family. But not anymore. They do not love their son, they just using him to make money. After all the Dodgers did for Bryan. the family must be ashamed.

    1. Moosehead Dave LooseMoose says:

      are you fricking serious?? You are a pathetic moron. I hope you never have to deal what the Stow family is dealing with. How can people sit behind a keyboard and type such things?? Oh yea, simplky because they are sitting behind a keyboard. The internet toughies are out in force.

      Evi, Please pray that nothing like this happens to anyone you know.

      1. Lisa says:

        wow – some of you are heartless…

        Ok, put yourself in that bed with brain damage. Imagine how his life will be? He is going to need constant attention… many doctor appts, nurses, a facility perhaps and who is going to pay for that? I understand he collected donations but not nearly enough to cover all expenses… No amt of money will be enough. The price of good health is priceless.

    2. sonny says:

      wow evi…i hope you or someone you love and care for get beaten somewhere in public and go into a coma. seriously, i wanna see how you’re gonna live a normal life with brain damage. hopefully, your family can come up with the money to keep you alive and after you recover partially. there’s no way to completely recover with brain damage cause you’ll probably be paralyze for the rest of your life. i wanna see how you’ll cry out for help while laying in that hospital bed. HEARTLESS….use your brain while it still partially functioning. Dodgers are responsible to hire the right amount of security to keep their patrons safe and if not…it shouldn’t take more than 15mins. for security to come to someone’s aid.

  18. Thomas R says:

    The Dodger organization is absolutely liable for not having survalence video there is only one way in and out of Chavez canyon they should have been able to stop them from leaving and made an arrest immediately don’t feel safe going there wearing my teams colors. The dodgers should have also done the right thing and stepped up to take care of the Stow family now they will be forced to they failed to have a head of security too keep the fans safe.

    1. Peace says:

      Let me ask you this Thomas…Do you own a home? If so, do you have security camera’s all around? If someone to get beat up on your property then they should sue you for millions, right? Think Moro*& before you type comments like this.

      1. Sariah Richardson-Jaljaa says:

        Amen!

  19. David says:

    I guess they’ll have to sue Budweiser too.

  20. Big Mac says:

    You know, I felt sorry for his family but now I a disgusted by them. If you want to sue someone, sue those punks that did this to Stow. The LA Dodgers are NOT responsible.

    1. Moosehead Dave LooseMoose says:

      Big Mac, please tell me how much combined that the 3 losers who did this have?? They probably could not afford 7 big macs between them.
      Come on folks, pull your head out before you type!!

      Sorry folks, but the helLA Dogturds are responsible for any actions that take place either in the parking lot or in the stadium.

      PRAY FOR STOW!!

      1. Sariah Richardson-Jaljaa says:

        Just because the guys who attacked him don’t have money doesn’t mean someone else should be held responsible for it. I think it reads somewhere on all event tickets the words “At your own risk”.

  21. Omara says:

    This is a BOGUS lawsuit and I bet some lawyer wispered in this selfish families ear that he can get them big money. I believe this family is now using Stow for their own greed to make money off of this tradegy.

    1. Moosehead Dave LooseMoose says:

      AMAZING, MORE AND MORE MORONS ARE TYPING BEHIND KEYBOARDS.

      OMARA, MOVE TO LA

      1. Jake Mcjug says:

        Moosehead Dave LooseMoose, Step away from the keyboard and get back to your Mommy. I think she is calling you for dinner.

  22. Ice Skater says:

    NO, THE LA DODGERS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE!! THis family shouid be ashamed of themselves

  23. The lawyers win says:

    The lawyers will get most of the money and the Dodgers will settle out of court because it will be less expensive for them.

  24. It is called MORALS says:

    I am truly shocked right now. The LA Dodgers organization did a lot for Stow and funded the on going search for these thugs. How could his family turn around and now sue them? I have no more empathy for this family. My prayers are with the Mr. Stow but the rest of his leaching family can go to He%&!! This family on now clearly using Mr. Stow for their own personal gain.

  25. Moosehead Dave LooseMoose says:

    Jake, that is not my mommy calling for dinner. That is your mother, and I dont think she is calling me for dinner. Man, that woman simply cannot get enough.
    I will have her home just in time to give you a bath ok!!

  26. selfish family says:

    What’s next? The family will be pitching the made for television movie about Stow? Perhaps a reality show starring the leaching stow’s while Mr. Stow sits in a nursing home drooling. I think there are a lot of people that are turning on Mr.Stows family now that they have clearly lost their minds. I hope Mr. Stow has some true friends out there because it is clear his family now sees money signs.

  27. joe says:

    Anything for a buck these days. I bet an attorney contacted the family just after the incident happened. There should be a law that states attorneys can’t solicitate their services on any cases, unless they are contacted first. Obivoulsy the Ddoger Organization has a l;ot of money, I’m sure this factored into the decision. Mr. Selig, get ready, your lawsuit onbehalf of MLB is forthcoming !i

  28. ham says:

    The Dodgers should definitely pay. They have a social contract with the public. The public agrees to give the Dodgers money, making the owners and the players filthy rich, in exchange for services which include not getting beaten into a coma.

  29. Joe says:

    Selfish Family,
    you are right on. With the money they are trying to get Bryan could have a dozen nurses for the rest of his life 24 hours a day at the plaza hotel in Ny. In addition their will be money left over for the children never to have to work a day in their lives. Mama Stow will make out okay as well, and I am sure she will be willing to share with Bryans folks so everybody but Bryan makes out. How about you donate all the money to neurological studies or upgrade the safety at all the ball parks in the country. How about taking care of Bryan, let things settle and then bring on the lawsuit I believe the statue of limitations is at least a year.

  30. Rachel Gorini says:

    are you serious? After all the thousands that people, random people have donated in his name, they have gotten money hungry. Pretty sad on what money does to someone. They have now taken the focus of Brian getting better and turned it into something that is becomming pretty sad. Work on his recovery before anything is done. I’m very saddened by this.

  31. CT says:

    Don’t be stupid, the amount of money raised won’t provide the care he needs for more than a few months. I’m not saying that $45-$50 million is accurate either but the real problem is the insane amount of money it costs to get adequate medical care in this country. The Dodgers are at fault because they have a burden of responsiblity to provide an adequate amount of security in order to maintain order within the ballpark and its property. Whether they did or not is irrelevant to Stow getting hurt but if it goes to court, they’ll need to prove that they do have adequate security in place. More over, the Dodgers are broke, they can’t even pay their players, this lawsuit will likely impact the Dodgers for years to come. This is hardly a frivolous lawsuit which we hear so much about. For all you people saying the Dodgers did so much, if you think about it, they didn’t do enough and what they’re doing now is just damage control.

  32. GO FILE THAT LAWSUIT!!! says:

    you guys are all dumb, get over it! they’re still gonna sue, regardless! so stop crying off them filing a lawsuit. if it was your family, you know damn well you will do the same thing!

  33. SVSHARKS says:

    How about suing his cousins who fled when this was brewing in the lot,If they stayed it would have had much better results. 3 on 2….EVERYONE THINKS HE WAS ALL ALONE IN LA…

  34. Robert M. says:

    I’m done reading this bickering…….both he and his loved ones are in a situation that the general public just doesn’t get AT ALL. I was ……oooops….my family and I were thrust into a situation where I was destroyed at work while living in Oregon where you cannot sue your employer. After losing 3 limbs and totaling 84 surgeries my family was so great at supporting me BUT kids grow up and people move on SO I TOTALLY GET WHY HIS ATTORNEYS ARE REACHING HARD TO HELP HIM FOR HIS FUTURE…………If he doesn’t get compensation at all he will go on and have a very limited life because some creep or creeps damaged him. There also should be lawsuits being aimed at the entity (City of L.A. and the security company) that own and take care of that property. So go on and on but just hope you don’t get hurt because California is also a state that you cannot sue your employer for on the job injuries and that includes cancer. Over and out, R.M.

  35. kc says:

    Those of you against the law suit, do you have any clue at all as to what the medical bills are to date; and he most likely will be in a somewhat vegetative state for the rest of his life. Heck, one night in the hospital have a normal birth was over 10K, then there’s the OB fee, and so on. His medical bills are probably close to 100,000 a day! Let alone a month. Then there are his kids, who have basically lost their father and he can no longer help provide for them.
    If there had been better security maybe it wouldn’t have take 15 MINUTES to even get to him after it was first reported; maybe he wouldn’t as bad as he is.
    There should be some money set aside to help with the raising the kids and to make sure that his medical needs are met.

  36. OJS says:

    I just lost all respect for the the Stow family that is suing. And no, I would not sue, (directed specially at this whiner, JEFF) if it was anyone in my family. I guess the family and their ravenous varmint lawyers should sue the makers of the suspects shoes, the makers of the getaway car, etc. etc. Guess LAPD, Dodgers and every other police agency in the state and sports team will have to assign a one-to-one officer or security agent for every single fan attending a game or event from now on, eh? What a disgusting society we have become. No wonder I hate baseball in the first place. And all of you in favor of suing, well, hope some day you get sued for something, anything.

  37. jj says:

    Many of you probably think that they may be greedy with this lawsuit and that the Dodgers are not liable. Costs of medical bills are way over what the donations received are, but again the actual figure isn’t determinable. But if you had any knowledge of law, the defendant (Dodgers) ARE LIABLE since the injury occurred on their premises and will most likely settle the suit out of court with an agreed amount. The unintentional tort: Negligence on their part is failing to provide enough security to prevent incidents like this given by 4 elements, they had a “1.Duty” or reasonable care they owe to its customers in order to avoid injury. They “2.Breached” this duty by failing to use ordinary or reasonable care in this case adequate security; which is a “3.Legal (Proximate) Cause” or the neglect of not having an effective security owed to the customers that lead to the “4.Injury” or damages of an individual, to Stow in this case. There is also no “Assumption of Risk”, the fine print on the back of the ticket that says you will be at risk of getting beat to near death for those who pointed it out. The Dodgers have some type of liability insurance as it is a huge business but may also have to pay out of their own pockets.

  38. Julia says:

    Please do not forward any more comments to Lafgd4u@comcast.net.

    Thank you

  39. Christopher Monterrosa says:

    “The suit also claims the stadium has more crime than any other Major League Baseball venue and that the Dodgers organization knew the area was unsafe and a haven for known gang members to “meet, plan and carry out criminal activity.””
    Yeah, because I feel so safe around the Oakland Colosseum and the phone booth at night…

  40. Jun says:

    This will give people the idea of going to a ballgame and get paid if you get beat up. This country is going down the toilet because of stuff like this.

  41. 1 eye open says:

    Why go to an event where other’s are going to threatin you? After this I, would never go to any sporting event because of the many safety issues. These Ball clubs only care about the Big $’s not their fans security. The fans should wake up!

  42. No more games 4 me says:

    Nice Guy, Husband, and a father……….. beaten up for the fun of it by several monster’s………. now maybe a vegetable for rest of his life. A Sicking thought.

  43. Brenda says:

    I kind of knew this was coming. I really feel for the family and wish the best for Mr. Stow, but come on. Why do people always expect a buck at the end of the day? Now you know why tickets, parking, and consessions are out of the park. This incident had nothing to do with security or negligence with the Dodgers. It had everything to do with a thug and gang-banger. I say an eye for an eye. beat that p.o.s. into a coma and let his illegal alien misfits take care of him.

  44. alex says:

    I fell for the family but honestly its a hard decision but i wouldn’t want my family member to suffer for all his life and be a vegetable. I am a dodger fan I personally never hated the giants or their fans I do not like padres fans though because they are highly disrespectful. When I went to SF last year for the 1st time i was treated nice up their even though i had an LA hat. When I was in SD dang their mean people I respect and love SF No Cal people thank you guys for making me fell welcome Bless you

  45. NATURAL SELECTION says:

    Two words: NATURAL SELECTION

    I lost a ton of respect for the Stow family over this latest move to sue (I am a Giants fan and hate LA). Up until this point, I thought the Stow family had handled themselves with class. The Dodgers went out of their way to host a fundraiser, etc that they didn’t need to do.

    Now let’s have a little reality check here:

    1) It is commonly known that LA has gang violence.

    2) It is commonly known that blue is a typical gang color and the Dodger blue is used by some gangs.

    3) It is commonly known that the Dodger/Giant series has a long, long, long history of ruckus between fans both here in the Bay Area and in Los Angeles.

    4) It is commonly known that fans at baseball games get drunk and belligerent.

    Thus, this is what Bryan decided to do: He’s going to wear his Giants jersey knowing all of this and risk his own safety in the process. Well, not to sound crude, but I wonder if that risk/reward was worth it.

    My girlfriend is a huge Patriots fan. She got Raiders tickets in the BlackHole for the game several years ago. She wanted to wear her Patriot gear there, but I reasoned with her and told her that the risk wasn’t worth the reward. Was acting like a 10 year old and wearing her team colors worth getting injured over? The answer is CLEARLY no. By wearing the jersey, all she was doing was taunting drunk Raider fans to do something stupid.

    Should she have been able to wear her Patriot gear there? Absolutely yes. Should Bryan have been able to safely wear his Giants gear in Chavez Ravine? Absolutely yes. However, we don’t live in a utopian society and practical sense needs to come into play.

    So in this dichotomy, my girlfriend diffused a potentially harmful and dangerous situation before it took place while Bryan chose to play Russian Roulette. So in the end, it comes down to natural selection.

    Bryan could have called security and asked them to escort him to the car before leaving the safety of the physical stadium. Bryan could have been legally carrying pepper spray knowing that he was going to a game that involved some risk and the spray could have fended off the attackers. Bryan could have walked out with a large group of other people for safety reasons and stayed within the pack. Bryan could have checked his hubris aside and screamed out for help after confronting the thugs instead of deciding simply to walk away and not seek further help. Bryan could have been carrying a whistle to draw attention to himself once he felt threatened. Etc, etc, etc.

    While I don’t envy Bryan’s current state of affairs, I never would have placed myself in that precarious situation to begin with. Especially not over a childish thing like wearing “your” team’s jersey. That’s the difference.

    So to his family: Stop your greed and don’t blame another franchise for Bryan’s incompetence and poor decision making. Instead, use this platform as a means to educate other fans not to make the same mistake that Bryan made.

    1. Ramona says:

      perfectly said Natural Selection

  46. Marci says:

    Natural Selection, you hit the nail on the head. My huband is a Raiders fan and I am a Dallas fan. I am from Dallas. I have a jersey however I never wear it when we have gone to the Raiders games. We have seen all the games between these two but I will not risk my life on a stupid jersey. I hate to say it but I think that more then half of the Raiders fans are thugs. They get drunk and belligerent. Many many fights break out at the games. My point is that I am aware of the danger so I would in no way put myself in a position to be harrassed or even killed. My prayers go out to Mr. Stow but I think his family sees him as dollar signs now. I have lost all respect for them.

  47. jg says:

    For those people that feel 40 – 50 million is a “bit excessive” and “greedy” I suggest you research how much it is going to cost the Stow family to keep Bryan so called “comfortable” if you can even use that word for a person who has major brain damage. Regardless of his decision to wear his “jersey” to show his loyalty to his team, NO ONE should ever endure such a beating from another human being. Also, for those people that feel the family is being “greedy” try to imagine what it would be like to have your husband, brother, sister, wife, child in Bryan’s situation. The amount of stress and anguish that is bestowed upon this family is inconceivable. As the “law” states, anyone hosting a party, game, concert, etc has the duly responsibility to insure that their guests are adequately safe. Please people, let’s not forget the real issue here. This man’s life was changed forever along with his family’s because of someone else’s brutal actions. Again, just for him routing for “his” team??? For those of you showing your selfishness and not having respect for the family, I PROMISE you, your family would do the same thing if you were lying their with brain damage from a brutal attack. From someone who is very close physically and financially to the MLB, we get paid BIG BUCKS for providing all of you with the GAME, don’t show people how ignorant we can be. I can bet that most of us in the MLB completely understand the family and their reason for doing what they are doing.

    1. NATURAL SELECTION says:

      *** jg writes: “for those people that feel 40 – 50 million is a “bit excessive” and “greedy” I suggest you research how much it is going to cost the Stow family to keep Bryan so called “comfortable””

      First off, I don’t give a hoot if it is 50 Trillion Dollars or 50 cents… it still doesn’t change the fact that the Dodgers aren’t responsible for Bryan’s own ineptitude.

      Moreover, no one is forcing the family to keep him alive like a vegetable at those outrageous prices. If the doctors say there is no hope, then keeping him alive via a machine is just a selfish act by the family.

      *** “Regardless of his decision to wear his “jersey” to show his loyalty to his team, NO ONE should ever endure such a beating from another human being.”

      I already addressed this point by stating this concept is a utopian ideal.

      *** “try to imagine what it would be like to have your husband, brother, sister, wife, child in Bryan’s situation”

      Yeah it sucks, but why do we as a society have this insatiable need to “blame” a third party? Perhaps Bryan should have taken his family into account before placing HIMSELF in that situation to begin with.

      *** “As the “law” states, anyone hosting a party, game, concert, etc has the duly responsibility to insure that their guests are adequately safe.”

      Spare me. It is because of overly litigious people like yourself why lawsuits are out of hand in this country. Maybe the Dodgers should place a ball boy with a glove in between every other spectator in the stands to “insure” (or more apropos ‘ensure’) that no one gets hit with a pop foul and gets injured.

      Here’s what Ticketmaster says about MLB tickets: “You voluntarily assume all risks and danger incidental to the event for which the ticket is issued, whether occurring before, during or after the event, and you waive any claims for personal injury or death”

      Hmmm…if that was on Bryan’s ticket, then Bryan assumed ALL risk, ALL danger, EVEN AFTER the event and waives ALL claims of injury or death.

      *** “This man’s life was changed forever along with his family’s because of someone else’s brutal actions”

      Exactly… someone else’s brutal actions, not the Dodgers.

      *** “Again, just for him routing for “his” team???”

      Apparently Bryan thought that was more important than his own physical well-being.

      *** “I PROMISE you, your family would do the same thing if you were lying their with brain damage from a brutal attack.”

      Sorry buddy, not everyone’s family is unscrupulous.

      *** “don’t show people how ignorant we can be.”

      You seem to be doing a good job of that all by yourself. Congrats.

      Cheers!

  48. The Cold Hard Truth says:

    Hate to break the news to all you people saying the Dodgers had insufficient security, but the world is a dangerous place. The real tragedy here is that Stow’s two friends ran like punks and let their friend be beaten. Now Mr. Stow is a veggie and nothing good will come from any of this. Had they the fortitude to act like men and help their friend, he probably wouldn’t be in this fix. Sorry folks but people are not going to hold your hand for life and make sure you get through okay. It is up to you to accept personal responsibility. Even if security had taken only one minute to respond, this still would have happened. They would have been obligated to attend to Stow and not pursue the suspects. Unless they had someone stations at 100 yard intervals, which is completely impractical, stuff like this can transpire. Sorry to be the bearer of such bad news, but the world is a scary place!

    1. NATURAL SELECTION says:

      Cold Hard Truth:

      Nicely articulated.

  49. Dee says:

    They should let him go. I don’t think many of us would want us or our loved ones to live life in a vegetative state or in a nursing home the rest of our lives. In my opinion, that is the humane thing to do.

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