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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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16.

USArmy    

Give me a break! Just looking for a payday. I'm surprised it took them this long. Feel bad for the guy but why do they think the club has a responsibility to provide security? If I walk down the street and someone punches me in the head, should I sue the city for not providing enough security? Ridiculous!

1156 days ago
17.

InZeeDev    

The Dodgers organization should bear some of the responsibility here. They are like the lion keeper who left the lion cage door open.

1156 days ago
18.

I hate Ina    

As the "host" of the game between the Dodgers and Giants, the Dodgers and McCourt had a legal responsibility to provide a safe environment for the guests. This is a legitimate lawsuit.

And I'm a huge Dodger fan that is saddened by the team's disaster season, both on and off the field. This will be seen as the nadir for the Dodgers.

1156 days ago
19.

InZeeDev    

If you're not afraid, then why don't you just go ahead and identify yourself?

1156 days ago
20.

Meowch    

When all else fails, go after the deep pockets.

1156 days ago
21.

Mark Santeramo    

Ahh, this is just another prime example of one of the major flaws that is destroying our nation day in and day out...we live in a sue-happy society that basically promotes individuals to NOT take personal responsibility for themselves. The attitudes of many citizens in our country is flat out disgusting because it is as though they go about their lives just looking to get hurt in order to sue someone just to make a quick buck.

In this situation the unfortunate man who was beaten is going after McCourt instead of his attackers, why? Because he has the most money, i.e. millions of dollars from which to poach from! Even though Frank McCourt has absolutely NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS BEATING, the victim and I'm sure his team of lawyers working in his "best interest," i.e. their own...these clowns are doing whatever they can within their power to try and shift the blame from the actual attackers to the club owner, you know, the guy who had absolutely NOTHING to do with this incident.

It's a complete shame that this guy is going to get away with this, too. Our country is struggling in so many ways and a major flaw that is a part of this is the simple fact that everyone is worried about getting sued. God forbid people take some personal responsbility for themselves and their actions anymore these days...it's just shameful that our culture feels that it is okay to stoop so low as to not even value a hard days work anymore. The amount of litigation our nation involves itself in each year is utterly despicable and victims like this fan should be ashamed and embarassed for trying to work the system in such a greedy manner so that he never has to work again. Instead of going after the attackers and being satisfied with what happens to them, this guy thinks its okay to make up a story so that he can steal the most money he can in court.

As much as I feel sorry for this guy who is suffering greatly from severe injuries, the conclusions he is reaching in terms of lawyering up and blaming McCourt for his condition is just pathetic and disgusting. If this guy gets away with this than, I'm sorry, but as a nation we deserve everything terrible that we get.

1156 days ago
22.

I hate Ina    

I just read the complaint. Stow has hired an excellent firm that is well respected. This isn't some shark attorney trying to get a quick contingency fee. Also, the complaint seems to make a point to praise the LAPD and goes out of its way to rip McCourt.

1156 days ago
23.

darcy    

Anybody here ever been to a Dodger game? That parking lot is terrifying. It is the only time I have EVER seen my 6 foot 5 husband scared.

1156 days ago
24.

ejay    

People are beaten up in this city everyday. I've been to plenty of places were people normally gathers that have no security in the parking lot. The question becomes: if you are beaten up in the parking lot of, let just say, your neighborhood grocery store, is the grocery store liable for your injury? This Stow v. the Dodgers will become a very important case.

1156 days ago
25.

I hate Ina    

Mark Santeramo:

As a general matter, I totally agree with what you are saying and your concerns about our society being overly focused on litigation. However, I think this lawsuit is not a fraud - McCourt had a duty to provide a safe environment. If McCourt couldn't afford to keep people safe on his property, then he has no business owning an MLB team.

1156 days ago
26.

what He said    

Sue the City of LA they suck. Not the Dodgers it's the city of LA they want the business and the money that the venue brings in but are too retarded to stand up to the hispanic gangs reason being they are related to the hispanic street gangs. The city is a mess if you go to the parks even in the valley you will find the hispanic kids breeding in daylight and the cops don't care because they do the same thing. They are breeding the pigs even in Maria's bed.

1156 days ago
27.

lizz    

I understand that they want someone to pay for what happened to their loved one... however this isn't right.

Frank McCourt had nothing to do with this tragedy. Why not channel the energy and resources into finding the other person(s) responsible.

1156 days ago
28.

And thats the truth    

ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff 36 minutes ago 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!
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The people at Dodger Stadium have been hosting Hip Hop nights and other events that attract gang banger types. When you host these types of events, you are asking for trouble. Los Angeles has a HUGE gang problem. I have heard many people say that they are afraid to take their kids to DS because of all the riff raff that are there. I read another post to this story that said they were spit upon, drinks spilled on them, etc, because they were routing for the other team at DS.

Frank McCourt is very responsible as well as his greedy wife. They should be ashamed of themselves and the people that did it should be "swimming with the fishes"

1156 days ago
29.

john wayne gacy    

Wall Street Journal reports this afternoon of the behind-the-scenes negotiations in recent months between former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and executives of News Corp.’s Fox division, and how they ultimately forced MLB’s hand to step in and take control of the storied Dodger Franchise.

McCourt, after personally and lavishly sucking out more than $100 million from the diminishing Dodger franchise, at the expense of the fans by raising ticket price each and cutting staff.

Then he went into overdrive at the beginning of 2011, by trying to renegotiate a cable TV broadcast contract with Fox Television that expires at the end of 2013.

The sequence of events went something like this:

1) At the beginning of 2011, McCourt and Fox TV agreed on a standalone $200 million loan against Frank McCourt's personal portion ( his estranged wife owns the rights to the other portion ) of the equity ownership of the Dodger Franchise.

( Which more or less, renders McCourt leveraged to the gills to Fox and leaves him practically penniless without this loan. )

2) Major League Baseball, has refused to approve the loan, because MLB was certain that the desperate McCourt would allocate a substantial amount of the funds for immediate personal considerations.

3) McCourt, now completely in dire straits, earlier this month and after MLB has taken control of the Dodger Franchise, McCourt and Fox have negotiated a $2.5 billion / 20-year broadcast deal renewal, expunging the existing contract that expires within less than 2 years.

As part of the proposed arrangement, McCourt would get $200 million up front, but once again, Major League Baseball said no out of concern that the money would personally go into Frank McCourt's dripping pockets.

3) McCourt, as a final resort this week, feebly arranged a $30 million loan from Fox, to allegedly be used to make the Dodger's payroll, which MLB saw as a blatant attempt by the former Dodger owner, to cir***vent the above desperate attempts towards saving his tainted reputation and to hopefully still have a roof over his head.

So, in the game of baseball, as in life, three strikes, and finally now, the McCourts' are out !

1156 days ago
30.

larry dickman    

we the jury find the defandant...........incredibly guilty

PRIVATE PROPERTY..THIS IS A SLAM DUNK CASE FOR THE VICTIM

sorry all you mc court shills/apologists.maybe suggest your idiotic logic to mc court's defense team he will need all the help he can get....the s***bag

1156 days ago
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