McCourt Attorney: Stow May Be Partly Responsible For Opening Day Attack

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — An attorney for Dodgers owner Frank McCourt says San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow may be partly to blame for the brutal attack that left him with severe injuries on Opening Day.

In a new interview, Jerome Jackson suggests that Stow be somewhat responsible for the March 31 assault because his blood alcohol level was reportedly well above the legal driving limit.

Jackson, who rejects claims that the Dodgers should be completely liable for the attack, made the comments on 710 ESPN radio here in Los Angeles.

“I’ve been doing these cases for 23 years and I have never seen one yet in which it didn’t take at least two people to tango,” he said.

Attorneys for McCourt and the Dodgers filed a civil action against the two men charged in Stow’s beating as part of their strategy in defending a $50 million lawsuit filed by Stow’s family.

Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, are accused of attacking Stow as he and his friends left Dodger Stadium.

They pleaded not guilty to charges of mayhem, assault, battery and several other counts. They are being held on $500,000 bail each.

Earlier this week, Major League Baseball accused McCourt of “looting” more than $189 million from the team’s bank account.

Officials say McCourt siphoned off team revenue to pay for personal debts and funneled millions more through a land company.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that he may consider selling the team.

  • John Holmes

    Typical attorney trying to influence potential jurors by putting doubt in their heads. He said “MAY” be partly to blame and has not even heard of any truth to what he is saying. Bryan Stow texted his girlfriend that he was afraid of all of the Dodger fans that were threatening him before he left the stadium. Norwood and Sanchez followed him and chased his friends and him to beat them up. Where was the security in the parking lot? They had none like usual.

    • terminator 2012

      Yea he texed her alright after he was drunk and opened his big mouth as for his friends what friends they were gone disapeared bunch of cowards


    Attorney Jerome Jackson, is that Michael Jackson’s brother?

  • kjhgkg

    sucks when a person is guilty of something then they plead not guilty?!!!

  • JohnLa

    As a computer tech, I have dealt with many attorneys. As a group, these people are most likely to ask me to break the law with counterfeit software, cloning cell phones, even falsifying insurance claims. I think they feel immune to wrongdoing. I’d believe a convicted felon before I’d believe an attorney.

  • Ashley

    so what if he was drunk? so what if he may have gotten a little mouthy? does that mean he deserved to be beat to a pulp??! many people do dumb things under the influence. it doesnt mean he deserved to be beaten so badly hes permanently brain damaged. thats as bad as saying that a girl wearing a short skirt is partly to blame for being raped!!

    • Lawyers, I Mean Liars

      Couldn’t have said it any better, Ashley. Words of wisdom right here.

  • C.W. in L.A.

    What a piece of S–t. The man almost died from his injuries. Now I understand a fight,it takes 2 to start one. But it only takes one A– Hole to practically kill somebody. The big man had to keep kicking and punching. Ok maybe he did mouth off, and I am sure the others involved did also. I personally know that sometimes you just want to punch the mouthy guy. But not kill him. Just a sad thing that society has come to this, that the attorney can say, The half dead, permanently brain damaged guy is at fault. Dodger Stadium has turned into a game day gang hangout. The stadium has had problems for years, it finally caught up with them, they cannot protect the fans. If they are not going to pay to protect the fans then they should pay the lawsuits of the fans that almost get killed in their parking lot / gang hood.


  • Gregg Yost

    It is time to take the Dodgers away from Frank McCourt. Mr. Stow’s blood alcohol level and ability to drive has nothing to do with the attach and the Dodgers lack of timely response. And by the way, who served the alcohol to Mr. Stow? That would be the Dodger organization. Any bartender has the reponsibility to decline service to overly intoxicated patron. Come on Mr. McCourt, step up to the plate and take the responsibility for your organzation. You actions (dodger managment, divorce and Stowe beating) are giving MLB and Los Angeles a bad name.

    • cin

      your an idiot Gregg no one seved him alcohol he choose to have alcohol if he doesnt know how to handle his liqour maybe he shouldnt be drinking. Like a lot of people here say when people are under the influence they talk smack i’m sure thats what he was doing, they even have videos of him doing that, so he is partially to blame for what happened to him.

      • Barbara

        Even if what you say is true (about Bryan being partially to blame) there are other people who would have walked away, assuming he was talking smack. Those 2 cowards also CHOSE to react in a violent, aggressive way. They could have stopped the beating at any time, but. didn’t and then ran.

        Why do you call Greg an idiot when he is only expressing his opinion. Hmmm, you must be very familiar with the word idiot, yourself.

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