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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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31.

lfrankbaum    

felt sorry for the family until i saw this..makes me glad i;m not american..sue sue sue sue sue sue

1158 days ago
32.

d'lynn    

If you've never been to Dodger Stadium, you'd have no doubt that the organization is negligent. Up until this disgusting incident (which, as noted, is the second time in a few years a Giants fan was attacked in the lot and the last time the victim was murdered), security was dismissive, distracted and insufficient. I've personally experienced abusive behavior by thugs and bullies that a rampant at the park. I hope the suit holds up and McCourt's continual b.s. comes home to roost.

1158 days ago
33.

TMS    

In other words, the guy who actually did the beating isn't worth anything.

1158 days ago
34.

en Todo Momento!!    

yeah, if i were the family, i would not be so overly confident that their son/brother/whathaveyou was not in some gang related system that led to his brutal beating. often, such ms-13 fights do lead to death and serious bodily injury. i don't see how the stadium would be responsible for a gang affiliated devastating injury, only because the rivals chose this location to carry out their territory fight. why didn't they choose the violent LA streets instead? looks like they were banking on being able to sue the team for millions. mission accomplished.


if you ask me, the dude looks like he is an ms-13 gang member. and as everyone knows, their 'initiation ritual' involves a very serious beating from several members. i would not take this event as some random act of malicious heinous brutality, the way the media is presenting it. cuz these happen more often than you think, and the media just ignores it and looks the other way.

1158 days ago
35.

john wayne gacy    


after all this IS hollywood;

desperate people will do
incredibly desperate things.

frank mc hoard staged the whole beating event so
he can continue to save his cash cow & suck out more
money from dodger fans & the insurance companies.

mc hoard will " lose " the lawsuit purposefully
& finagle a way to split the money unevenly
with both the perpetrator & victim .....

1158 days ago
36.

And thats the truth    

en Todo Momento!! 20 minutes ago yeah, if i were the family, i would not be so overly confident that their son/brother/whathaveyou was not in some gang related system that led to his brutal beating. often, such ms-13 fights do lead to death and serious bodily injury. i don't see how the stadium would be responsible for a gang affiliated devastating injury, only because the rivals chose this location to carry out their territory fight. why didn't they choose the violent LA streets instead? looks like they were banking on being able to sue the team for millions. mission accomplished.


if you ask me, the dude looks like he is an ms-13 gang member. and as everyone knows, their 'initiation ritual' involves a very serious beating from several members. i would not take this event as some random act of malicious heinous brutality, the way the media is presenting it. cuz these happen more often than you think, and the media just ignores it and looks the other way.
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The guy that was beaten was a paramedic and he lived in Northern California, hours away from Dodger Stadium/Southern California/Los Angeles. He had never been to Dodger Stadium before.

1158 days ago
37.

Abe    

Of course this is Frank McCourt's fault.

McCourt took a decent team and has beaten them into the ground. The team sucks because he has taken so much money out of the Dodgers that he can't afford to buy good players.

There is no doubt that Frank cut security to the bare bones. He does not care about the fans, whether it's providing a good team on the field, or giving them safety in the parking lots.

I hope McCourt loses everything he has. And quickly.

x

1158 days ago
38.

Caligirl    

I disagree with anyone who thinks that McCourt should not be held liable. He absolutely should be held accountable. Cutting costs on these games is inviting trouble and hiring these off duty LAPD cops is a joke. These off duties are being paid 40-50 bucks an hour to sit around and don't do much of anything. 15 dollar an hour security guards take their jobs more seriously than the LAPD clowns. As for Frank, he is just a greedy ****head who dropped the ball because all he can focus on his his divorce and how to screw Jamie. BECAUSE of his own self greed, he is struggling to hold onto the franchise and now he is being sued. Talk about Karma Frank.

1158 days ago
39.

john wayne gacy    


jesse james & kevin federline should be
the absolute happiest men on earth;

because there is someone else that
is far more hated then themselves.

FRANK Mc HOARD .......

1158 days ago
40.

Maria    

Dam right they should sue! And for all those people posting saying they cannot or it’s going to be thrown out are dead wrong. If a property owner does not provided adequate lighting/security and someone gets mug or gets hurt they are responsible. Dodger Stadium has become unsafe…they don’t have adequate lighting (lots of dark corners) and no security (traffic cops don’t count). People are drinking before and after the games in the parking lots. It is up to the Dodgers and Frank McCourt to make sure the Stadium is safe for everybody. Maybe they need to start implementing dress codes just like they do at bars/clubs/restaurants.

1158 days ago
41.

AHHHH DAMN!!!!    

Heres my question. Since they are suing the organization, should they give back the money the Dodgers raised last month? Just a thought.

1158 days ago
42.

Utazdevl    

I'm not usually in favor of the "sue everyone" culture, but anyone who has been to a Dodger game in the last 5 years knows that this lawsuit is 100% valid. This unfortunate event was something we all saw coming (though I doubt anyone imagined it would be to such an extreme) and the Dodgers (under the guidance of Frank AND Jamie McCourt) clearly turned a blind eye to the danger to not only save a buck in security but make a buck in fostering an environment that does nothing to discourage the attendance of the dangerous element. Just as long as these thugs bought their tickets, paid for their parking, bought their beer and bought their Dodgers gear (now available in the gang color and foreign language of their choice), no one said a thing.

1158 days ago
43.

Abe    

It doesn't matter what you write on the back of an admission ticket, if there is negligence involved, the stadium owner will be liable.

One only has to look at the accident at Staples Center, where the child fell from a luxury box and died. The law says the railing has to be 26" high, which it was in this particular luxury box. However, a drink shelf was installed 9" from the top of the railing, which means the child only had to climb over a 9" divider to fall. This is called negligence.

If there was insufficient security or lighting in the Dodger Stadium parking lot, McCourt will be held liable and the Stow family will win millions.

You can make an admission ticket ten feet long with statements avoiding liability and it means nothing in the presence of negligence.

x

1158 days ago
44.

en Todo Momento!!    

fact is, if this was a gang related incident, there is really no security in the world that would have been able to stop this attack. and being a baseball park, where children and families are expected en masse as guests, if this was a gang related incident, it would be horrific on both sides, to carry out such base and violent brutality in a family oriented environment. just disgusting.

1158 days ago
45.

eff you idiots who didnt watch the draft and dont know the whole story    

@ M the dodgers ONLY paid for the hotel bill WTF is that Tim Lince*** donated 25 grand barry bonds doonated ten grand and set up two college tuitions for his children. The s*** who beat up bryan dont have money to pay the damages the McCourts are irresponsible owners cutting security in a known gang hang out and yes that is what dodger stadium has turned into. Bryan had texted that he feared his safety so yes the dodgers are at fault as well. you dont have to be the one throwing the rock to be responsible as well

1158 days ago
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