After a thrilling win on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium in 2011, the focus was shifted away from what transpired on the field to what took place in the parking lot. Bryan Stow, who had just witnessed the San Francisco Giants lose by one run to the Dodgers, was a victim of a senseless beating at the hands of Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood.
As a result of the attack, Stow spent two years in hospitals and rehab centers and was left with disabling brain damage. The two men were charged in February and on Wednesday, a jury came to a decision in the negligence suit after nine days of deliberating.
According to an AP report on ESPN, the Dodgers, Norwood and Sanchez were found responsible for paying:
The jury found damages of about $18 million but said the Dodgers were responsible for only a quarter of the sum. The rest of the responsibility was split between the two men who beat fan Bryan Stow.
The Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt were accused of not having proper security or lighting the night Stow was attacked. While the Dodgers and assailants were found negligent, the jury absolved McCourt.
When the Dodgers made their first trip to San Francisco in 2011, both teams united on the field prior to the game to honor Stow. Unfortunately, the Stow beating wasn’t the end of violence between supporters of the two rivals. A Dodger fan was fatally stabbed near AT&T Park after a 2013 game.
Since the Stow incident, the Dodgers have made a concerted effort to improve the security and lighting in and around the Dodger Stadium parking lots. While the gates open well in advance of a scheduled home game, fans are no longer permitted to tailgate in the lots.
McCourt sold the Dodgers to the Guggenheim group in 2012 and recently discussed what value he believes he brought to the franchise.
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