By Matt Snyder
Now that TMZ uncovered a video of beating victim Bryan Stow arguing with Dodgers fans in the crowd back on Opening Day -- before being jumped from behind and beaten into a coma by a pair of Dodgers fans in the parking lot -- the story continues to grow.
The latest revelation is that the man arguing with Stow in the video has text messaged about Stow's behavior before the assault.
Juan Banda, who was arguing with Stow during the game, reportedly told his friends to watch his back as he got up for a bit, but nothing happened. Banda also said "[Stow] did have a mouth, though!"
The major quote from the exchange is that Stow told Banda, "I'd rather eat my own feces than eat a Dodger Dog," to which Banda said Stow crossed the line. Banda also pointed out, "maybe [Stow] said the wrong thing to the wrong guys!" (all quotes via text messages recovered by TMZ.com)
OK, well, I guess that's possible.
It's possible he said far worse to incite the assailants and no witness has come forward to tell authorities, but if the only thing he said is he'd rather eat crap than a hot dog, is that really worth jumping the guy?
He apparently didn't even use profanity when he said it. I understand we're trying to get both sides of the story and that it's possible Stow wasn't a complete angel for the entire game. But exchanging words about Dodger Dogs doesn't make it acceptable for two guys to jump one from behind and beat him within an inch of his life.
That doesn't add up.
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