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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