Attacked Fan's Family Sues Dodgers

Suit accuses team of negligence

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 25, 2011 4:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – The family of a Giants fan beaten into a coma outside Dodgers stadium nearly 2 months ago say the team could have done a lot more to prevent the attack. Bryan Stow's family has filed a lawsuit against the Dodgers and owner Frank McCourt, accusing the team of negligence that provided a "perfect opportunity" for two thugs to attack Stow in the stadium parking lot, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Stow suffered a traumatic brain injury and is still in a coma.

Stow and his friends were harassed before, during, and after the game, but security staff did nothing, charges the lawsuit, which slams the Dodgers for cutting back on security, allowing gang members to congregate in the parking lot, and failing to promote responsible drinking. The suit seeks unspecified damages for Stow and his two children and reimbursement for members of the public who have donated to Stow's family. One suspect is being held in connection with the attack; the LAPD is hunting another.

Bryan Stow, seen here holding his 12-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter, sustained brain damage in the March 31 attack.
Bryan Stow, seen here holding his 12-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter, sustained brain damage in the March 31 attack.   (AP Photo/John Stow)
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