As if the drama and turmoil surrounding the Los Angeles Dodgers organization couldn’t become any more distracting to the 25 players trying to compete in the NL West, the family of Bryan Stow is adding more fuel to the fire by announcing they will sue the franchise for an unspecified amount.
The tragic attack on Stow occurred March 31 when two unidentified assailants attacked the Giants fan while exiting the stadium. Stow has been in critical condition ever since, and was in a coma for several weeks. He’s still hospitalized and a suspect, Giovanni Ramirez, is now in custody from a tip from a parole officer.
There’s no denying the family needs reparations in some economic form for what has taken place with mounting medical bills and the loss of work income. The family is also suing for economic damages for Stow’s two children as well.
As the family’s attorney, Thomas Girardi, told the media, “The Dodgers have shown a total disregard for public safety. They’ve gotten rid of security people. They’ve had all these incidents at their games, more than other teams. There’s also a known gang presence. What did they think was going to happen?”
In an already tumultuous season featuring the attack on Stow, the added security presence and the complete takeover by Bud Selig, it’s been a difficult season in terms of public perception and distraction for the Dodgers. It doesn’t look like that cloud is lifting anytime soon.