Tag:Bryan Stow
Posted on: December 19, 2011 1:37 pm

Video footage of a recovering Bryan Stow

By Matt Snyder

We unfortunately know the story all too well by now. Giants fan Bryan Stow was beaten within an inch of his life on opening day 2011 by a pair of cowardly Dodgers fans -- who jumped him from behind.

Stow is still alive and is making progress, which is wonderful news. But in watching the video below, it's very evident that his entire life was changed by the vicious attack. I just can't help but wonder why any human being would want to do this to another human being -- especially over something as trivial as cheering for a different baseball team. Pathetic.

Anyway, the seven-minute video below is well worth the watch -- serving both as some hope for Stow's continued recovery and as a reminder that we should never be taking sports seriously enough to get into a physical confrontation. So before you feel like proving your "manhood" by slugging someone from behind, please think it through. It's just not worth it.

Hat-tip: The Splash

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Posted on: November 3, 2011 10:12 am

Bonds raising money for Bryan Stow's children

By C. Trent Rosecrans

There's a lot of bad things you can say about Barry Bonds, but give credit where credit's due -- the former Giants slugger is supporting Bryan Stow, the Giants fan beaten on opening day at Dodger Stadium. The latest is a public service announcement for a scholarship fund founded by Bonds for Stow's two children.

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Posted on: October 27, 2011 5:05 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2011 6:54 pm

McCourt's lawyer blaming Stow for beating

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 ESPNLosAngeles.com.

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 ESPNLosAngeles.com 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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Posted on: August 10, 2011 3:00 pm

Stow improving; Attackers make damning statements

Sanchez, Norwood

By Evan Brunell

As the two men charged with assaulting Bryan Stow, a Giants fan who attended Opening Day at Dodger Stadium, pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday, good news was revealed in Stow's progress.

Stow, who lost consciousness and suffered brain damage in the brutal attack, has been responding to commands and lifting his arms and legs, the family wrote on its website.

On Sunday, "we got the most response from Bry to date," the family wrote. "He lifted his left leg slightly when asked, he raised his left arm everytime we asked if we could hold his hand, and the best part? Bonnie [his sister] asked Bryan if she could have a kiss and every time she asked him, he puckered his lips. The final time when she was leaving, Bonnie asked again for a kiss. Bry turned his head towards her, puckered his lips for the kiss, then turned his head back. The nurse was shocked and excited to see that!"

Stow's recovery is still unclear, as doctors are trying to figure out just how much damage Stow has.

Meanwhile, the men charged with the assault, Louis Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, made incriminating statements, deputy district attorney Frank Santoro said.

"This is not an identification case. There are statements made by both defendants that will be used in the prosecution," Santoro said. "I would call them admissions."

Sanchez and Norwood are being held on $500,000 bail. Sanchez's sister, Dorene, is also involved in the case as she testified before a grand jury as an accessory to the crime, but she was not formally charged.

In court papers, prosecutors detailed the beating:

Prosecutors said in court papers that Stow tried to escape a violent man attacking him and his friends outside the stadium, but his assailant chased him down.

Prosecutors allege that Sanchez shoved Stow and punched one of Stow's friends after the opening day game. After the assault, Stow, who was dressed in a Giants shirt, continued to walk with his friends toward the edge of the stadium parking lot, with Sanchez and his friend, Marvin Norwood, in pursuit, prosecutors wrote.

Sanchez caught up with the group and punched another of Stow's friends, knocking him to the ground, the court document said. As Stow faced Norwood, Sanchez surprised him from behind and punched him in the side of the head, prosecutors allege.

Witnesses heard Stow's head hit the concrete and saw it bounce when he fell, prosecutors wrote. Sanchez then kicked the unconscious Stow and Norwood kicked him and standing over him yelled, "who else wants to fight." according to prosecutor Michele Hanisee in a court filing.

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Photo courtesy KTLA via the Times.
Posted on: August 1, 2011 7:07 pm

'Key witness' in Stow case dies suddenly

By Matt Snyder

As the trial of the two men who allegedly beat Bryan Stow into a coma is set to begin, a reported key witness in the prosecution's case has died suddenly. According to the Los Angeles Times, Matthew Lee died Sunday after eating a salad that contained nuts, which triggered an allegic reaction that cost Lee his life.

Lee attended the game between the Giants and Dodgers on opening day with Stow and other friends and was said to be a very important witness to the case against Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood. Officials reportedly said they have physical evidence on the two assailants in addition to eyewitness accounts, but it is unclear how much Lee's death damages the case. The LAPD is also reportedly still searching for more witnesses.

Stow, 42, was critically beaten by two men after the Dodgers and Giants played on opening day in Dodger Stadium.

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Posted on: August 1, 2011 6:03 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2011 10:16 pm

D.A.: Stow's attackers accosted him twice

By Matt Snyder

Bryan Stow and his fellow Giants fan friends had a confrontation with two men on opening day of this season and then walked away, only to be jumped a few minutes later by the two assailants, the Los Angeles District Attorney alleges in a court filing.

Stow, 42, was critically beaten by two men after the Dodgers and Giants played on opening day in Dodger Stadium. According to the court filing, Stow's head violently cracked the concrete after he was punched in the side of the face and he immediately went unconscious. The men still allegedly kicked him in the head several times, even after he was unconscious. This came a few minutes after an initial confrontation between the two groups of fans resulted in no physical violence, according to the D.A.

Authorities for the first time provided a detailed description of the allegations against Louis Sanchez and Marvin Norwood -- who have been arrested and charged in the case -- in a motion opposing a reduction of the $500,000 bail set for Sanchez, who is the accused leader of the beating. The request to reduce bail has been continued until Sanchez's August 10 arraignment.

More details have emerged as to how the altercation began. From the Associated Press:
The trouble began inside the stadium, when Sanchez threw a soda at a woman. When her companion yelled at Sanchez, Norwood had to hold Sanchez back to stop him from attacking the man, the document states.

After the game, Sanchez ran to a group of young Giants fans and swung his fist at one of them, prosecutors said.

Then, Stow and a group of friends walked past as Sanchez stood by his sister's car. Sanchez punched a man identified as Matthew Lee, the document states, then chased Stow and others several hundred feet before hitting another man identified as Allen Jeffrey Bradford and turning his attention to Stow.
After the beating, Norwood allegedly stood over Stow and asked "who else wants to fight?"

Lee was deemed a key witness in the prosecution's case, but he died suddenly Sunday. Stow remains hospitalized in serious condition.

Hat-tip: USA Today

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Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:20 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2011 9:29 pm

Los Angeles police arrest two for Stow beating

By Evan Brunell

Police officers have arrested two men suspected of beating Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodgers Stadium on Opening Day, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.

Giovanni Ramirez, who was arrested in May and has since been jailed on a parole violation, has been cleared as a suspect, a source told the Times. The LAPD have maintained that Ramirez was an aggressor in the beating, which continues to leave Stow unconscious. However, the police couldn't build a case against Ramirez, lacking hard evidence beyond eyewitnesses.

“I haven’t heard anything [about the new arrests] yet,” Anthony Brooklier, Ramirez's attorney, told the Times. “But if it’s true, I’m happy for my client. I always believed he was factually innocent. There was a lot of pressure on LAPD. I believe that they were operating in good faith and made a good faith mistake.”

There is currently no information on the two new suspects arrested.

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Posted on: June 28, 2011 12:52 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 1:27 pm

Stow: 'I'd rather eat feces than a Dodger Dog'

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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