A California jury decided on July 9, 2014, that the Los Angeles Dodgers organization was partly liable in the beating of Bryan Stow, who is now permanently disabled, according to the Los Angeles Times. KABC 7 reports that the jury found that the Dodgers were 25 percent responsible for what happened to Stow in 2011.
Stow, then 42, was brutally attacked after leaving a San Francisco versus Dodgers game on opening day, March 31, 2011. He was rendered unconscious when he was blindsided by a punch to the back of the head. Witnesses told police that two men proceeded to pummel and kick the father of two in the head as he lay unconscious on the pavement. The assailants fled in a four-door sedan with a woman and male child about 10 years of age, according to those at the scene. Those present also told police at the time that the attack was appeared to be unprovoked and likely took place solely due to the Giants gear Stow and his friends were wearing.
According to the Times, the total amount to be paid Stow amounts to almost $18 million in past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and mental and physical suffering. KABC reports that “the two men who beat Stow,” Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, were each found to be 37.5 percent responsible for Stow’s harm.
Stow was left with such devastating injuries from the attack, his attorneys say he will require care around the clock for the rest of his life, reports the Times. Stow’s lawyers had initially asked for around $50 million in damages in the suit. Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt was not found liable in the matter by the jury, although Stow’s suit argued that McCourt was negligent in providing security at the ballpark when the attack on Stow took place.