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Beaten Giants fan had sent text, saying he was ‘scared inside stadium’

Apr 6, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

Bryan Stow

Members of Bryan Stow’s family on Tuesday called for civility among rival sports fans as they stood vigil at the LA County-USC Medical Center, where Stow remains in critical condition in a medically-induced coma. The Los Angeles Times reports that Stow, the Giants fan who was beaten by two assailants at Dodger Stadium on opening day on Thursday, had sent a text message minutes before the assault saying that he was scared.

In the text message, he said he was “scared inside the stadium,” his cousin John Stow said, adding: “He doesn’t use that term loosely.”

A short time later, after the game had ended, the 42-year-old paramedic and father of two walked out to look for a taxi and was attacked so brutally that he remains in a coma with a brain injury.

Stow’s family said that they realize the assailants do not represent Dodgers fans as a whole. “We know they weren’t true Dodger fans,” Bryan Stow’s sister, Erin Collins, said of the assailants.

“We would like to use this as a rallying cry to stop unnecessary violence in our greatest pastime and all other sports, not only here but abroad,” said John Stow, wearing a Giants cap and jersey. “So I ask for one last thing on behalf of Bryan — that we all enjoy a safe and competitive and exciting year of baseball.”

He described the beating as “a terrible tragedy done by cowardly people,” but said he is reassured by people who are outraged and appalled.

Los Angeles police say that as many as 100 people may have witnessed the attack, and have set up a tip line to help in finding the assailants. The reward for information leading to the capture of the suspects has grown to $100,000, which includes $50,000 from the Dodgers.

Giants fan sent text message saying he was ‘scared’ before beating [Los Angeles Times]
Searching for something positive to come from Giants fan’s beating: A national call to end fan violence [Los Angeles Times]

  1. shandbi - Apr 6, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Stupid people aren’t just in L.A…. I was at Coors Field last year in August to watch my beloved Giants and was just cheering for my team. The family in front of us kept telling me to be quiet because I was cheering too loud and it was hurting their ears (???) even though the Rockie fans sitting RIGHT next to me were cheering even louder for the Rockies! When my husband got up to go to the men’s room the young lady (about late 20’s-early 30’s) told me to shut up or she was ‘gonna go up there and kick your ass’. I am an overweight, gray-haired’ grandmother! AND, HER mother was sitting right next to her laughing! When I started to say something the whole ‘family’ jumped in and wouldn’t let me say anything when finally one of them came to their senses and probably realized how foolish they looked and sounded and started telling the rest of them (there were 5) to be quiet. When my husband returned I told him what had transpired he wanted to call security but I said no as they seemed to have quieted down. Even the other Rockie fans sitting around us were horrified. The man sitting behind us told his son (about 10) that, that was not the way to behave at a ball game. I do have to say, I really was scared for a while.
    BUT, that said, I’m pretty sure there are fools in San Franciso too even though since the opening of AT&T park I truly have to say I haven’t seen as many as the years at Candlestick.

  2. lewp - Apr 6, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    My opinion?

    I think there a lot of mad people in the world and just use sports as a way to ignite their own anger.

    Think about the pressures out there. Jobs, relationships, money, (or lack thereof), the poor state of everything from customer service to where to buy the latest thing to stay up with the Jones’.

    Enter sports. “Your team isn’t as good as my team” and boom…it’s on. Let me pick up a stick…or let me kick you in the groin cause I don’t like you wearing a Giants jersey…

    Baseball doesn’t hurt baseball. People do.

  3. tardpalin - Apr 6, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    My only experience at Chavez Ravine was game 1 of the World Series when Gibson hit the home run.
    Being a Giants fan I was actually openly, loudly pulling for the A’s and my seats were at the right field foul pole.
    The chant directed at Canseco was “steroid” from the minute he took the field. When the chant died down I was on my feet screaming at the top of my lungs “you’re the greatest” and such…
    I was the victim of the occasional peanut bombardment but that was about it.

    My impression of the stadium was great since you could see the game while in line for whatever and the fans seemed nice enough.

    At the time, the treatment of Dodger fans at The ‘Stick was much worse in my opinion.

    Of course, this was the late ’80’s.

    Just an observation.