Dodgers Say Bryan Stow Shares Responsibility For His Attack‎

LOS ANGELES (CBS Sports) — Bankrupt Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is placing partial blame on San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow for the savage beating in March that left him in a coma suffering from brain damage.

“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,” McCourt’s attorney Jerome Jackson told ESPN in LosAngeles on Thursday.

Jackson has also filed a cross-complaint, on behalf of McCourt and the Dodgers, against the two men charged in the beating of Stow — claiming they should be held liable in a Stow family lawsuit that only blames the Dodgers organization for the attack.

Stow and his family are the largest of McCourt’s unsecured creditors, with the family’s lawyer Tom Girardi telling ESPN that damages could total as much as $50 million if a jury finds McCourt and the Dodgers liable for the attack on opening day in a Dodger stadium parking lot.

“One of the things the jury will be asked to do is to determine what percentage of fault various individuals have for this event,” Jackson said. “You’re saying to the jury, ‘They (the Stow family) are saying we’re 100 percent liable.’ But does that mean (Marvin) Norwood and (Louis) Sanchez, who beat this guy up, have no liability? And does it mean Mr. Stow himself has no liability?”

Jackson said if the civil case goes to trial, he wants jurors to assign percentages of liability to the team, Mccourt, Norwood, Sanchez and Stow — with financial damages paid out at those percentages.

The Stow family has contended that the Dodgers were negligent in providing adequate security when Stow was beaten.

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  • Wolfgang Martini

    McCourt keeps sinking lower and lower.

  • Helene Kremer

    @Martini – bingo! the first thing any respectable (and I use that word loosely) lawyer learns in these types of cases is that you don’t get anywhere by maligning the victim.

  • Monto Gal

    “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,”…Wow, no actual evidence or information, just your say-so Mr Jackson. What’s next , a counter-suit against the Stow family?

  • dlreed52

    The difference between Jerome Jackson and a vulture is that Mr. Jackson’s wingtips are removable…..

  • Mark

    I guess Frank figures most rape victims deserved it.

    • SMO

      RAPE?! where did that come from? You cant really believe he walk in on opening day and didnt once say “were world series champs” i would punch you in the face if you said that to me! know your place!!! not condoning what those horrible “Fans” did but come on its one of the biggest rivalries and if you have half a brain you know Dodger stadium is in a horrible area.

  • JaneQPublic

    “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,” McCourt’s attorney Jerome Jackson told ESPN in LosAngeles on Thursday.

    That statement could just BACKFIRE with a jury….

    • there's more to this story

      not just a statement – there is actually video of stow arguing with dodger fans during the gamie. it’s been reported his bac was .176, and he was heading out to the parking lot to drive away, at twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system. he’ll get a big settlement, no doubt – but he was no innocent angel.

  • JimG

    I wonder if this attorney has actually been to the sides of Dodgers Stadium where those “fans” normally are. Heck, fans from other teams that visited before even claimed of this hostile environment stuff from those “fans” eventhough they, the visitors were just trying to enjoy the game/minding their own business.

    This laywer is just trying to blow smoke out of his ahzz and he is way off base. I doubt that any fan of the visiting team will try and start somthing in a park filled with a bunch of home team fans. They will easly be outnumbered.

  • SMO

    Theres no way Stow was minding his own buisness and just randomly got jumped. There are signs at stadiums saying if you get hit with anything its your own problem…..why is this any different?!

  • cw

    wow…no one deserves what happened to Bryan Stow!!! Now I can see why there are a bunch of no good punks at the dodger games!!!! I hope you lose your fan base McCourt!!! The dodgers need to slink out of site now…no way would I ever go to that stadium or watch a dodger game!! ever!!! what a pig!

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