Dodgers' Creditors Worried About a 'Massive Claim' in Bryan Stow Case
The Dodgers say they're not to blame for the brutal parking lot beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow. But creditors are skeptical that the courts will see it that way — they're predicting that the team's financial liability in the Stow case could be "massive."
The creditors are already wary of the team being able to pay back its massive debts, according to the Los Angeles Times. Owner Frank McCourt expects to sell the Dodgers for somewhere in the ballpark of $1 billion, but his debts might be just as high. The Dodgers are $600 million in debt, and that doesn't take into account the $131 million he owes his ex-wife Jamie or the Stow case.
Bryan's mother Ann Stow says that Stow's extensive therapy and round-the-clock care are already adding up. Stow has been making big gains, but he is likely permanently disabled and won't be going back to his job as a paramedic. Initially, Stow's attorney ballparked his medical bills at around $45 to $50 million, but that number has been climbing.
"We just want Bryan and his children to be taken care of. Bryan's medical care is in the million of dollars...and it's going to be a long road," Ann Stow told MSNBC.
The creditors' committee filed its papers in U.S. District Court. "The committee understands that the [Dodgers] take the position that they are not liable for Mr. Stow's injuries," the committee wrote in Wednesday's filling, according to the Times. "However ... a finding against the [Dodgers] could give rise to a massive claim that would dilute the pool of funds available" to repay creditors."