Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: the lawyer hired by Stow's family to sue the Dodgers outlines exactly what the team could have done to prevent the whole thing.
Tom Girardi joined ESPN Los Angeles with the Mason and Ireland Show to discuss the particulars of the case, previous incidents at Dodger Stadium, those who argue that a police presence still might not have stopped this from happening, how he got together with the Stow family and whether he believes this suit will go to trial.
Why does this case stand out from others where fans are injured at fights during games?:
"Let's suppose you do everything you think you should do to keep premises reasonably safe. That's going to require, depending upon what you are doing on the premises. If you're selling all kinds of beer, if you have a lot of people present, if you know that there are some known gang members that are now frequenting the stadium, you have to do certain things because you know that bad things are going to happen. What happened here, in this particular situation, is the Dodgers decided they would get rid of two-thirds of their security. And they decided to get rid of their security director. … I realize whenever you go out, whenever you cross the street, something can happen to you … but the idea is you have to be reasonable in protecting the people that are giving the money that come to your joint."
How would he respond to the argument that more than 3 million people went to Dodger Stadium last year and didn't endure such a situation?:
"Maybe nobody else ended up with the terrible things that happened to Brian, but if you want me to bring out somebody that has a fractured neck because of lack of security that just happened about a year before this, I can bring him to you. I understand that crime happens. On the other hand, you have to take reasonable steps."
What about the argument that even if there were plenty of officers or security guards in the area, the same thing might have happened?:
"That's total bologna. Go talk to real security people that are involved in this. The presence of security stops all this stuff. … They're going to have second thoughts because they know they're going to get caught."
How did he and the Stow family get together and now file a lawsuit?:
"One of the family members is a police officer and they know another police officer and they know I was involved in a previous security problem at Dodger Stadium where a nice young man got very badly hurt. So I think they felt that I probably had some knowledge of the workings."
Is it unlikely this will go to trial? Will there be a settlement?:
"I don't know. The Dodgers are funny. The very same people that get rid of security are probably the same people that don't want to settle the case. If they wanted to settle this case, if they wanted to show their good faith, they could have been picking up medical bills a long time ago. They could have been ordering neurosurgeons to take care of him. They could have set up scholarship funds for these two kids. They know how to resolve something if they wanted to."
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