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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: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:45 am

McCourt's lawyer blaming Stow for beating

Blame is not the correct word, the word is responsibility.  Stow has his share of responsibility in this but not the lion's share.  It wasn't like he was just walking along minding his own business and got jumped clear out of the blue.  He was jawing back and forth with people a lonnnnnng way from home in one of the not nicest parts of town with people he had no idea of who and what they are.  Do the Dodgers share in the responsibility? Probably but not the majority of it.  The two men charged with the beating should take the bulk of the responsibility.

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 9:57 pm

McCourt's lawyer blaming Stow for beating

please, get this scumbag mccourt out of baseball as fast as you can!!

Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 9:20 pm

McCourt's lawyer blaming Stow for beating

Are you sure that it wasn't Jamie McCourt"s fault? What the hell, lets blame her as well. That evil trollup probably instigated the whole thing just to get Frank in more trouble.

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:47 pm

McCourt's lawyer blaming Stow for beating

I can almost see it now. If the victim would have been McCourts lawyers son, then of course the lawyer would have to blame someone else. McCourts lawyer is as ignorant to law just as McCourt is ignorant when it comes to owning a baseball team. Good to see you align yourself with respectable people Frank. NOTE TO FRANK: The entire baseball world wishes you'd go snorkeling off Seal Island amongst a fleet of great whites.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:23 pm

McCourt's lawyer blaming Stow for beating

No, he's not blaming Stow for the beating. He's suggesting that there are no entirely innocent parties, which is not remotely the same thing. It really doesn't matter if Stow was merely guilty of wearing a Giants hat or of going so far as to insult the attackers (not saying this happened), there is no scenario that justifies the beating, not even a 'percentage of fault'. Even if hypothetically Stow had pulled a gun and was being disarmed and arrested by the police, they would not be justified in beating the guy's brains in, and the government would be on the hook financially.

Great post, people on these boards don't have a clue.  There is no way they can blame McCourt 100 percent for what happened to Stow and the courts certainly won't hand him 100 percent of the blame.  BUT.... McCourt and his team will take plenty of the blame, that's for sure.   What people are forgetting is a story from a while back that talked about the decision they made to decrease security at the stadium, they cut costs.  Every penny they saved cutting costs and a whole lot more will end up in Stow's pocket.

As for the people on these boards saying it's Stow's fault or that he shares in the blame, you guys are idiots.  It doesn't matter if Stow was swearing at everything and everybody walking by.... it doesn't matter if he insulted people's mothers, fathers, dead family members, etc    In the world we live in you can't beat somebody at all let alone to near death just because he made you angry.  Even if Stow would have walked up to these guys and punched them in the face one at at time outside the stadium the law doesn't allow them to beat him while he's on the ground.  Defend themselves yes, but not what they did.

By the sounds of it though Stow didn't hit anybody, thus NOT EVEN ONE PERCENT of this will end up being his fault.  No chance... 

Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:05 pm

McCourt's lawyer blaming Stow for beating

You are mistaken...the incident in the stands was provoked by Dodger fans(whether it was the defendents is not known).
maybe Mr. Stow is to be blamed for wearing a Giants shirt,if so then MLB is to blame for selling them. Maybe MLB is to blame for having a game in there . Maybe Abner Doubleday is to blame for inventing baseball.Cool 

Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 7:25 pm

McCourt's lawyer blaming Stow for beating

McCourt was going bankruptcy and a nasty divorce. Do you really think he wasn't cutting corners on operating expenses to line his own pockets? Never seen a rich guy who wasn't willing to put your life in danger to line his own pockets. I'm quite sure the fist thing he cut was jobs, including security in the outer sections and other fan necessities, so he could eat at Wolfgang Pucks everynight. So spare me it wasn't his fault, I'm betting they can prove it was.

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 7:21 pm

McCourt's lawyer blaming Stow for beating

Let's be honest and realistic here. Stow has to take some of the blame for the beating he got. There is video of him imstigating trouble in the stands, if I'm not mistaken. It's very sad that he was hurt as badly as he was and that this incident even happened in the first place. McBankrupts lawyers are just planting the seed for an upcoming trial. Whether you like it or not, it's how lawyers work. McBankrupt can't say it but his lawyers can. Now for all you people that think just because Stow was almost killed he doesn't have to share in the blame you are either stupid, ignorant or both. The dodgers, stow and his buddies and the two thugs all share the blame. Let's wait for the trial and see what led up to the parking lot altercation. I'm betting we'll hear some testimony that paint Stow in a bad light and I'm also betting the dodgers pay out a huge chunk of money to him and those thugs get some serious jail time.

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 7:16 pm

McCourt's lawyer blaming Stow for beating

Well, so then sue the place where the attack happened. How dare it be there so an attack could take place? That makes as much sense as suing the victim to me but you seem OK with one of them. Of course the actual attackers don't have any money and that is the real point of the suit - not to punish the culprits.

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 7:13 pm

McCourt's lawyer blaming Stow for beating

I despise McCourt and wish he'd just go away but in this case, he (or, more accurately, his lawyer) is correct. The blame does not and should not fall solely on the owner of the team where the attack took place. The attackers are obviously the main culprits and only if somehow it is found that the Dodgers were negligent in allowing the attack to happen should there be any blame on the team.

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