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John Steigerwald explains himself

Apr 13, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

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John Steigerwald — the guy who blamed Bryan Stow for his own beating in a recent column — took to his blog today to say that he did not blame Bryan Stow for his own beating.  The blog has been flooded with traffic so it’s been down much of the afternoon, but here’s a Google Cache version of it:

I don’t apologize for the column but I do apologize to the Stow family if this nonsense has reached them and in any way added to their pain. I don’t, for one second, blame Brian Stow for the beating he took. I do blame the ever increasing out of control, out of perspective behavior by fans, too many of whom are no longer satisfied with going to their stadiums and cheering for their teams. And I sure as hell don’t think –as some hysterical posters have claimed –that Brian “had it coming.”

Steigerwald also says “Nowhere did I imply that Stow deserved what happened to him. I thought that the difference between DESERVING a consequence and unwittingly contributing to one was implicit.”

I and tons of other people linked his first column and said our piece, so now we link his explanation and let him say his. I’ll leave it to you to decide if he sufficiently acquits himself. In the meantime, I’d suggest that Steigerwald look up the definition of the word “imply.”

  1. paperlions - Apr 13, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    His comments in his explanation don’t resemble anything from his column. If he does “blame the ever increasing out of control, out of perspective behavior by fans, too many of whom are no longer satisfied with going to their stadiums and cheering for their teams.”; that is fine….but that is NOT what his column said at all.
    He did say, “Maybe someone can ask Stow, if he ever comes out of his coma, why he thought it was a good idea to wear Giants’ gear to a Dodgers’ home opener when there was a history of out-of-control drunkenness and arrests at that event going back several years.”…which sounds an awful like blaming the victim to me (and just about everyone else).

  2. paperlions - Apr 13, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    In going back to the column, I saw you can leave a rating from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest). The current composite rating is 1.04.

    • paperlions - Apr 13, 2011 at 2:26 PM

      Hi John, nice to see you visiting HBT.

      • defenseman13 - Apr 13, 2011 at 4:10 PM

        This apology fails. He CLEARLY BLAMED STOW when he called him out for wearing an opposing team’s jersey to opening day. He also turned it into a rant about why adults wear jerseys and that it’s kids raising kids. My dad is an adult, he’s 62 and wears his Sharks Jersey to every game. He’s a Vietnam Vet and a retired doctor. Far from a kid. I’m 37 and have a closet full of collected jerseys. You could argue my case, but this moron’s article and his apology fail hard.

  3. stinkfingers - Apr 13, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    He’s in “damage control” mode now….

    Its almost like hes trying to put toothpaste back in the tube.

  4. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Apr 13, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    If he’s trying to make himself the victim, well then, we should should blame his backtracking, hypocritical ass, right?

    • BC - Apr 13, 2011 at 2:37 PM


    • Jonny 5 - Apr 13, 2011 at 2:48 PM

      + 1 steamy hot pie

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 13, 2011 at 5:27 PM

        Steamy hot cow pie?

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Apr 13, 2011 at 5:39 PM

        Pie does have more than one meaning here, UH. I prefer the other meaning of “steamy hot pie”. Although, assuming this meaning, “steamy” sounds kind of awkward, but I digress.

  5. BC - Apr 13, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    He should be fired. His column says nothing of the sort in terms of what he describes here. He blatently blamed the guy in his column.

  6. scatterbrian - Apr 13, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Defensive non-apologies are the best!

  7. heyblueyoustink - Apr 13, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Nice back track John, fraudalent apology that smells of sniveling? Sure, we hear you, now turn around and prepare for the Taiwanese style caining you sorely deserve, what an a$$ clown.

    • cur68 - Apr 13, 2011 at 3:56 PM

      ^^^what he said, and I add “no-talent” to “a$$-clown”.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 13, 2011 at 4:26 PM

        And “hack.”

  8. scatterbrian - Apr 13, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    My favorite part is where he says he interviewed an LA Times reporter “a day or two earlier” who discussed how the “crowds had changed–for the worse–at Dodger Stadium over the years,” which basically says that this was news to Steigerwald….but it was supposed to be common knowledge to Stow?

  9. kellyb9 - Apr 13, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    I have no interest in defending this guy. He clearly placed the blame directly on Stow. I think what he meant to say was that there are some places where fans have a reputation for being violent or irrational, and maybe you wouldn’t want to stick out like a sore thumb. It’s all about minimizing risk (like not walking through a bad neighborhood at night). He could’ve communicated that 1,000 better ways than the way he did.

  10. Vincent - Apr 13, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Down into my belly.

  11. drdodgeball - Apr 13, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    This guy is horrible. I’ve never heard of him until today, and cannot beleive his publsihers approve of this crap. The people responsible for allowing him to write and release this shit should be disciplined.

    His vapid response is typical of a narcisist who feels entitled to spew their extreme opinions then backpeddle trying to save his butt. An arrogant A-Hole is all this guy will ever be.

    Fire his ass and let him get a job doing the farm report. He’s a proven bullshit tosser…perfect fit.

  12. jxegh - Apr 13, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    John Steigerwald’s blog site is down and the Observer-Reporter’s editor Park Burroughs is not taking any calls concerning his writer. I was able to e-mail a complaint calling for the removel of his name from the site.

    • paperlions - Apr 13, 2011 at 3:31 PM

      I emailed a letter to Burroughs yesterday about this column. So far…no response…not even a “thanks for taking the time to write blah blah blah” type of thing.

      • vivaeltigre - Apr 13, 2011 at 7:24 PM

        I left a comment indicating I was applying for the vacant editor’s job. I assumed Park Burroughs was just the name of the person that owned the paper, and he didn’t actually read any of it. Or that Burroughs had already been fired, was reported missing after he didn’t return from his Gestalt weekend after receiving an F-, or had been eaten by a herd of Pennsylvania Lesser Striped Bandicoot. Nobody from HR has contacted me. Yet. I’m still hopeful that I can achieve my dream of becoming the editor of a small paper in some Pittsburgh backwater.

  13. tribester - Apr 13, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    At least he got Stow’s name right this time, for what it’s worth. Way too little, too late.

  14. siggy00 - Apr 13, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    He said in comments that Stow “provoked” the attack. Then when confronted on his show this morning he said the “jersey” provoked the attack.

    He knows he blew it. He’s had a long standing bash with adults wearing jerseys, and he used Stow’s beating as a way to say “See? If people are like me this doesn’t happen”.

    If he would admit that, admit that he was serving his own agenda he would be better off. Now he’s sniveling, groveling, because he’s on the verge of being fired (again) for the 2nd time in two months.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 13, 2011 at 4:16 PM

      Then when confronted on his show this morning he said the “jersey” provoked the attack

      The jersey provoked the attack? WTF? That sounds just like “I’m sorry your honor, but did you see the way she was dressed? She was asking for it!”

  15. Utley's Hair - Apr 13, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    This guy is an a$$. First blaming the guy for almost getting beaten to death for wearing a damn shirt. And now trying to tell the family that he never said that to begin with? The guy is a hack who should be fired.

  16. metalhead65 - Apr 13, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    another example of somebody in spin control only as pointed out what he said today does match what he said yesterday. I have no problem with anybody saying what they want no matter how stupid or offensive it may sound to others, but just once be a man and own up it!yea I said it and to bad you don’t like it but that is what freedom of speech is all about. it is not about freedom of pc speech but saying what you want and believe. in his case he is a complete moron but stll has the right to say it but apparantly not the backbone to baxk it up.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 13, 2011 at 6:23 PM

      Freedom of speech? I was unaware that the government was trying to keep him from spewing the crap.

      Freedom of speech prohibits the government from prohibiting a citizen from speaking out against the government. It has nothing to do with this jagoff’s employers firing him or with the people who read the crap he is spewing from ripping him to shreds.

      • defenseman13 - Apr 13, 2011 at 6:41 PM

        Exactly. “Freedom of Speech”, when exercised in a public forum, comes wth consequences. It doesn’t mean yo say what you want, no matter what, then not expect to be torn apart from it. Things like libel and slander (not this case) exist as well despite FoS. However, his moronic blog rant and the company that hires him IS responsible for what he says and can fire him (Imus, Gottfried) and that’s that. People have no idea what FoS really is.

  17. siggy00 - Apr 13, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Did he tell his own brother to grow up?

    You didn’t win the Cup, you don’t play for the Pens. Take the hat off bitch!

  18. ditto65 - Apr 13, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    I blame the third base coach.

  19. fquaye149 - Apr 13, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    I like the implication that if Snow were just wearing a Giants T-Shirt and ballcap that the Dodgers “fans” who attacked him never would have beat him up. My Aunt Fannie. Or is Steigerwald one of those “Why don’t gents wear fedoras and zoot suits to the game like they did back in the old days a trolley from Battery Park to the Polo Grounds only cost a nickel!” kind of guys? With that mustache, I think he’s more of a “I may not be Bill Cowher but gul darned if I can’t look like him on Saturdays” kind of guy.

    • fquaye149 - Apr 13, 2011 at 7:09 PM

      Stow! Stow! I guess I’m as big a hack as Steigerwald. I think we’ve both just got former ROTY J.T. on the brain.

  20. bpvigs - Apr 13, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    As for John Steigerwalds comments, for those who live outside Western Pa, please realize these came from a wardrobed challenged nitwit. He is known as John Sweaterwald in Pittsburgh due to his addiction to ugly, bizzare and usually distasteful sweaters. He makes Fred Rodgers (God Bless his soul) look like a million dollars. His comments and response to them are as bad as his choice in clothes! We wont even go there about his mustache….Get well soon Bryan Stow, you did nothing to deserve what happened to you.

  21. thejokewriter - Apr 13, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    He still has a porn mustache…he looks like a poor man’s Shooter McGavin from Happy Gilmore, and he certainly deserves a Ron Jeremy reach around.

  22. wkinsomnia - Apr 15, 2011 at 3:08 AM

    Feel free to ask to join…it’s been up from day one

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