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McCourt's lawyer blaming Stow for beating

Posted on: October 27, 2011 5:05 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2011 6:54 pm
Frank McCourtBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Is Frank McCourt the worst person in the world?

Exhibit Y? McCourt's attorney is placing blame on Giants fan Bryan Stow for the savage beating that left him in a coma.

"I've been doing these cases for 23 years and I have never seen one yet which it didn't take at least two people to tango," attorney Jerome Jackson told

Jackson has filed suit, on behalf of McCourt and the Dodgers, against the two men charged in the beating of Stow.

Stow and his family are the largest of McCourt's unsecured creditors, with the family's lawyer telling that damages could total as much as $50 million if a jury finds McCourt and the Dodgers liable for the beating on opening day.

"One of the things the jury will be asked to do is to determine what percentage of fault various individuals have for this event," Jackson told the website. "You're saying to the jury, 'They (the Stow family) are saying we're 100 percent liable. But dos that mean (Marvin) Norwood and (Louis) Sanchez who beat this guy up, have no liability? And does it mean Mr. Stow himself has no liability?'"

Jackson said if the case goes to court, he wants jurors to assign percentages of liability to the team, Mccourt, Norwood, Sanchez and Stow -- with financial damages paid out at those percentages.

The Stow family is saying the Dodgers were negligent in providing adequate security when Stow was beaten.

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Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2011 10:44 am

McCourt's lawyer blaming Stow for beating

And as far as looking like and idiot, please take time to know and understand what you are debating about. Stow my friend is not dead as a matter of fact his family says hes starting to talk again and is coming along fine.
Sorry you can't follow general concepts.  The intent was to beat him to death.  Whether a person lives or dies, that kind of beat down is unnecessary and shows that the two that walked away, were savages.  Problem is that people are just plain vicious anymore.  The impulse to hurt, maim and kill is worse now than ever in this country.  If you intentionally hurt someone so bad that they might die is enough to have you put away.  It wasn't self defense - not 2 on 1 - and certainly not after the guy was down for the count.  It's like John Witherspoon said in "Friday", Everyone is afraid to take and azz whippin' these days...". 

If these guys were real men they'd have knocked him on his keester and walked off.  Period.  What they did makes them thugs and criminal.


IDIOT!!!!(no self-restraint on my part)

Its what I'd expect from someone like you, Zippy.  If you think that Stow deserved what he got (a coma, impaired life and upwards of $50m in medical bills) then calling you an idiot is an insult to idiots everywhere.  If I called you anything worse, you try to hurt yoourself.  Now that's restraint!

Since: Oct 4, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:10 pm

McCourt's lawyer blaming Stow for beating

His medical bills are projected to be more than 50M, BTW.

Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 1:08 pm

McCourt's lawyer blaming Stow for beating

I agree with Attorney Jackson on this one. Brian Stow is definitely responsible for his actions and to actually initiate a civil suit against the Dodgers for the beating he took is clearly an effort to receive monitary compensation that would set him and his kids for 3-4 lifetimes over. I am sure his BAC was probaly much higher than noted on his tests. This would no doubt open up the flood gates for all to sue the owners for any beating or abuse that you receive when going to sporting events. Why isn't the Stow family suing to private security company assigned to handle security at the games or why not even go a step further and file suit against the LAPD who also were in heavy force at the game that night. Let's see, Brian Stow is a Giant's fan so let's also file a suit against the Giants for not adequetely providing protection for there fans when attending away games. If the Dodgers are responsible than in my eyes, everyone is responsible....except for Brian Stow...he had no role in the beating he took.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 12:50 pm

McCourt's lawyer blaming Stow for beating

Jerome Jackson told The Times his statements were purely in reference to  might break down responsibility for the beating during the Dodgers' home opener in March. He cited a magazine article that said Stow when he was admitted to the hospital.

"As  noted, Bryan Stow was admitted with 0.176 blood alcohol level and that is something that will be considered at trial," he said.


This will prove to be quite an issue.  If The McCourt's see The Dodgers, The Stow Lawsuit doesn't go away.  If Frank MCourt could wangle a Bankruptcy for himself and the dodgers, the lawsuit results disappear.  

That is an extremely remote possiblility given that The MLB would pay off the Stows to make this go away.

As to the Stows not suing the Defendants, who the Hell from Rialto, California has any money to sue for?  

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 12:41 pm

McCourt's lawyer blaming Stow for beating

Hey Mulattoking, Great Post !!  Look unless you were there and saw & heard the whole thing nobody knows the extent of what Stow did. I seriously doubt with "double" the beer muscles in him he was a quiet mouse and just took a big time butt kicken. Everyone has been at a game where guys drink too much and become 'tougher' than they are. Bottom line is anyone at any stadium could catch this beating before security get's there. How much security do you want and expect ticket prices etc not to reflect the extra cost. Hey maybe the goverment could subsidize? Let's get real, $50 million from the owner of the Dodgers?  It is not like he threw the beating. Take care of the medical bills and let the guys that actually gave the beating pay for other "pain & suffering", but who knows who started it, maybe Stow did and those two just finished it. A bit overboard though.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 12:34 pm

McCourt's lawyer blaming Stow for beating

Let's see. Brian Stow trashed talked and got beaten into a coma. For his trash talking, Jerome Jackson wants to establish a percentage of liability by placing blame on Brian Stow.
Jerome Jackson is "blaming" Stow for the fight (some degree anyway)? OK. Fine. Then Jerome Jackson is trash talking by blaming Stow.
So if Jackson gets the snot kicked out of himself for instigation by making absurd comments like this, it is his own fault. it now.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 12:23 pm

McCourt's lawyer is a scumbag

The Dodgers failed to provide a safe environment where fans could watch games without the risk of being beaten into a coma.  There is a time to stonewall and bury a case in legalese, and there is a time to simply man up and do the right thing.  They should give Stow a settlement that will pay his bills and allow him to live comfortably but not lavishly for the rest of his life.  
Does Stow deserve $50 million?  No.  But settling for $5 million plus medical bills wouldn't be a bad idea.   

Since: Oct 27, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:55 am

McCourt's lawyer blaming Stow for beating

From a legal stand point the Dodgers have a valid argument that is supported by 100's of cases that conclude the organization is not liable for a 3rd parties tortious act. Moreover, Mr. Stow had BAC twice the legal limit and McCourt's lawyer will point out that the victim had been arrested 3 previous times. In addition, the Stow family failed to name his allege attackers in the suit who were actually responsible for the beating.

As a Dodger fan, I believe McCourt should pay for Bryan Stow's medical bills and get the hell out of L.A, but there is no case law that would support this conclusion and if so every sporting venue would then be liable for negligence and would open the floodgates to litigation. 


Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:52 am

McCourt's lawyer blaming Stow for beating


Since: May 9, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:18 am

McCourt's lawyer blaming Stow for beating


my "few missing teeth" point was to say that if the altercation sadly did escalate into a violent situation the a hurt jaw or a missing tooth would have sufficed as opposed to putting someone in a coma. With that said i think you are all missing my point. Stow is in no way 100% innocent in this situation from what I have read. In no way is McCourt 50 million dollars responsible either. The two perpetrators are mostly responsible, stow then mccourt.

I also love how everyone on here is some great psychiatrist on these boards. I have anger issues?!?!? What do I teach my kids?!?!?!? I need serious help?!?!?!?! The only problem I have is that i see situations for what they are and sometimes people dont want to hear the truth because it dosent go with what side they're on......the problem with this country as a whole because I see where ALL THE FAULT lies then i some sort of deamon. Whatever.

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