Lawyer for badly beaten fan says LA Dodgers skimped on security

Thu May 29, 2014 6:41pm EDT
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By Dana Feldman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A baseball fan suing the Los Angeles Dodgers and the team's former owner for $35 million could have been spared a brutal beating that left him with brain damage if the team had not skimped on security spending, a lawyer for the fan told jurors on Thursday.

Bryan Stow, who can no longer work as a paramedic after the attack at Dodger Stadium on opening day of the 2011 season, is seeking $35 million in compensation to pay for past and future medical care and the college education of his two children, his lawyer Thomas Girardi said.

Stow's lawsuit accused the Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt of scrimping on security to support the lavish lifestyle of McCourt and his then-wife, saying Stow was beaten in a poorly lit parking lot area where there was no security guard on duty.

Attorneys for the Dodgers argued that the team provided heavy security at the 2011 opener against the team's long-time rival, the Giants.

Stow, from Santa Cruz, had been attending an opening-day game between the perennial rivals when two men attacked him the parking lot.

The attackers were later convicted of charges stemming from the beating, which left Stow in a medically induced coma for months and prompted calls to address violence tied to sports rivalries.

Stow, 45, did not attend opening arguments on Thursday, but had previously appeared in a wheelchair during jury selection.

Girardi told jurors in opening arguments of the civil trial that McCourt should have known about the possibility for violence and the need for better security at the game.   Continued...

(L-R) Ann Stow, mother, Erin Collins and Bonnie Stow, sisters, and David Stow, father, of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow arrive for the start of a civil trial in a lawsuit brought by Stow against former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt at a Los Angeles Court in Los Angeles, California May 29, 2014. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian