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Jury selection begins in Bryan Stow’s civil case against the Dodgers

May 29, 2014, 8:58 AM EDT

Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California Reuters

Bryan Stow was nearly beaten to death in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on Opening Day 2011. His criminal assailants are now in jail, but the matter is not totally closed. Stow has a civil case pending against the Dodgers which accuses the team and former owner Frank McCourt of not providing sufficient security that day. Jury selection began in that case yesterday. Stow was there for it, but he has suffered brain damage and will not testify.

The jury questionnaire asks potential jurors about their experience with or knowledge of traumatic brain injury and caring for people who are disabled for life, as Stow is. It asks about fistfights at a sporting events and their experience with stadium or arena security. It also asks something else:

”What is your opinion if any of Frank McCourt?” they were asked, referring to the unpopular Dodgers owner who sold the team under duress. They were asked how many times they have been to Dodgers or Giants games and whether they ever had a negative experience at Dodger Stadium.

Given that he’s a defendant who had all kinds of bad press in the couple of years before and after Stow’s beating, it’s probably pretty relevant.

Ultimately the case will be about whether there was sufficient security that day. The Dodgers and McCourt have long said that they had their biggest security detail ever for that game. Maybe so, but that is beside the point if, in the opinion of the jurors, that was still not reasonable.

Stow will need medical care, assistance and rehabilitation for life. It could cost him and/or his insurers upwards of $50 million.

  1. clydeserra - May 29, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    wait, this is going to trial?

    And are they sure “we had more than ever” is a defense?

  2. koufaxmitzvah - May 29, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    I’m no mathematician, but is $50 million really only 2% of $2.4 billion? Did I do that right?

    Put me on the jury. Frank is a scumbag.

    • 22yearsagotoday - May 29, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      You just eliminated yourself with a slight bias! I agree with you 110% and actually saw the great Sandy Koufax pitch. I get the mitzvah reference even though I don’t speak Yiddish!

  3. blabidibla - May 29, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Frank McCourt is a proven liar.

  4. bronco58lb - May 29, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    The beat down was despicable, but I still think Stow exhibited poor judgment too. 2X the legal driving limit in blood alcohol content. He had never gone to Dodger Stadium before and he decides to go to Opening Day the year after the Giants win the World Series. He seemed like he was there to rub it in the Dodgers fans’ faces. Not to mention, Opening Day is the day when the real baseball fans don’t go. That’s the day all the drunks and all the people who want to be cool attend.

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 29, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      When it comes to victim blaming, this sort of comment is the template. Somehow its on the victim to bear some of the blame for being where they were legally entitled to be, doing what they were legally entitled to do, in a place that has a legal obligation to police the environment.

      Mr. Stow’s BAC has no bearing on this at all as it was a complete non factor in being sucker punched. His decision to attend the game has no bearing on this at all as many other Giant’s fans where there too. What he was wearing at a sporting event has no bearing on this at all as there were many other Giants jerseys in the stands that day. He should have been perfectly safe to attend a game with his children and friends to cheer on his team. That he was not is the failing of the Dodgers and their owner and not Mr. Stow. There is no reason to expect that an MLB franchise, one of the most historic and important ones in all baseball, was a gangland environment overrun with thugs and underpoliced by team security staff.

      • bronco58lb - May 29, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        BAC does have bearing because since you or me weren’t there, it could have factored in provoking the perpetrators.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 29, 2014 at 1:12 PM

        Not a single report reflects that. He was hit from behind while he was talking to his friends and family. This was well reported by several eye witnesses at the time. The attackers had been working their way through the parking area essentially picking fights with anyone they could. They came up behind him and sucker punched him.

      • 22yearsagotoday - May 29, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        Blaming the victim in any way here is absurd!

    • hcf95688 - May 29, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      50,000 people in attendance. Ballpark guess is that 15,000 (at least) are giants fans, wearing SF jerseys and caps…yet he’s the only one that gets beat up? It’s unfortunate that he nearly died and suffered traumatic brain injury, but I have to think he did SOMETHING to bring this upon himself.

      • mustbechris - May 29, 2014 at 12:48 PM

        Nah, you don’t have to.

  5. thetoolsofignorance - May 29, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    I hope Mr. Stow wins. I never once attended a Dodger game during McCourt’s tenure since it was unsafe and the product on the field was terrible so it was only a matter of time before someone was hurt badly there either in the stands or in the lot.

    • 22yearsagotoday - May 29, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      Thumb down this comment? It’s unbelievable that people support the punk perpetrators of this heinous and cowardly crime. Are you all gang banging punks, too? WTF!!!

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