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Frank McCourt Blamed for Dodger Stadium Beating

5/24/2011 2:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The family of the man who was brutally beaten outside Dodger Stadium in March blames Frank McCourt and his financial hijinks for the incident and is suing McCourt and the Dodgers.

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The family of Bryan Stow claims the Dodgers were forced to cut services because of McCourt's alleged "mismanagement and family woes."  One of the casualties, according to the suit, was "a major downscaling of security forces at the stadium and surrounding parking lot."

The suit also claims McCourt, the Dodgers and the other defendants "had reason to know of gang and other criminal activity on its premises" and to "take reasonable security precautions." The family claims the Dodgers "could have prevented the attack."

According to the docs, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Stow's family also claims there was "inadequate lighting" in the parking lot which "presented a perfect opportunity to commit a variety of crimes."

In the docs, the Stow family claims alcohol may have played a factor in the attack -- and points out the Dodgers have "ceased the 'half-off' beer promotion due to the criminal activity at Dodger Stadium."

The family seeks unspecified damages.


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KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes! Lost audio on TMZ Live!

1156 days ago
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dimes    

The family is certainly not alone. All of the initial news coverage on TV and in the press mentioned the fact that last winter, McCourt fired the former Secret Service agent who had been in charge of security.

1156 days ago
3.

M    

How sad. I understand that the family wants someone to be held accountable and pay for medical expenses, but this is ridiculous. The people who are ultimately convicted of this horrible crime should be the ones to pay. But, they are nothing but dirtbag bottom-feeders, so the family is looking to more lucrative options, hence this lawsuit.

1156 days ago
4.

writenow    

The guest needs a do-over. Sound down.

However, as for the security...consider this.

http://www.familylawcourts.com/Bad_Cop.html

1156 days ago
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No comment    

As Frank McCourt and the Dodgers should be blamed. I was at opening night and LAPD bicycle officers being paid to peddle around the lot were sitting in groups near the stadium talking to each other. If they would have been partoling like they were being paid to do Mr. Stow wouldn't be nearly brain dead. The security was non exsistent that night and trying to find a cop to get directions to the parking lot was a joke, that is why I noticed the bike cops. I only wish I would have taken video of their chat fest. If surveillance video of the parking lot exists it will prove my allegations.

1156 days ago
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gibbs    

You bet, blame Frank McCourt. This was a safety and security issue. Sue the Dodgers and McCourt. Stow has lost everything because of this attack.

1156 days ago
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ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff    

UNLESS FRANK DID THE BEATING...I DONT SEE HOW OR WHY HE SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR TWO IDIOTS BEATING A MAN...I DO FEEL FOR THIS MAN...WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME...I CAN HONESTLY SAY..HOW CAN YOU BLAME SOMEONE ELSE FOR A BEATING TWO THUGS DID....SEEMS THE FAMILY IS GOING AFTER THE MONEY AND NOT THE PEOPLE WHO BEAT HIM.....SAW HIS MOTHER ON TV AND SAW A GREEDY BITCH PLANNING HER NEXT MOVE.....BITCH SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON HER SON AND NOT SOME FRIVOLOUS LAWSUIT THAT WILL EVENTUALLY BE THROWN OUT. USED TO FEEL SORRY FOR THIS FAMILY...NOW I FEEL DISGUST!

1156 days ago
8.

feebee    

This whole situation is sad... but anytime you leave your front door, you risk the chance of getting hit by a car or a drunk driver or even getting jumped at a huge atletics event... especially one than is know for fans fighting each... it's just a fact of life. Sad but true !

1156 days ago
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I hate Ina    

This is the straw that will break McCourt's back. I am usually cynical about tort lawsuits, but this case has merit as against the Dodgers and McCourt.

1156 days ago
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No comment    

in 2003 a Giants fan was killed after a Dodger game. This is not an isolated incident, they have a history of not providing enough security for games with the Giants.

1156 days ago
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Janet    

The sad thing is that a man was beaten at Dodger Stadium and is still in critical shape. There are always hostile people at the Dodger games. Stop the flow of alcohol, hire more security, have better lighting in the parking lots. The least of Frank's worries is to pay off the victim. He should be worried about criminal charges filed against him and possible prison time! Hello!!

1156 days ago
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THIN LIZZY    

If anyone knows the area, the police academy is next door to the stadium. McCourt couldn't work a deal with the LAPD for extra security from these guys? It would be great training. There wee no problems until the Mccourts strolled into town.

1156 days ago
13.

Scooty    

Nail him to the wall!

1156 days ago
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UpstateNYer    

I realize that the victim and his family are going to endure financial and emotional hardship. That is a fact and that is a terrible thing. I send my best wishes to the victim and the family. But, I don't believe that suing the Dodgers is appropriate. I am so sick of society blaming everything on their surroundings. The fact is, the animals that did this horrible thing are just that - ANIMALS. THEY are the ones that should be held accountable. Make them work for the rest of their lives to provide money for this man and his family. They gave up their rights to a good life when they destroyed another's good life.

1156 days ago
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Lou    

I'm not sure Frank McCourt or the Dodgers can be sued, if you read your ticket it clearly states that them and other affiliates are not responsible for any injuries you may incur before, during, or after the game. Including flying bats and any balls that go into the stands. If they want to be helpful because this did happen due to a lack of security then maybe the Dodgers can help pay his medical bills but the amount of money the family is asking for is ridiculous.

1156 days ago
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