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Dodgers' Lawyer Says Bryan Stow Might Deserve Some Blame For His Brutal Attack

Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaks to reporters after MLB seizes control of the team, April 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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The legal team for the Dodgers is doing everything in its power to beat back a $50 million civil suit filed against the team by the family of Bryan Stow — even blaming Stow himself for his own beating.Stow was a Giants Fan viciously beat on opening day and then hospitalized from his injuries for nearly six months, but the legal battle is just gearing up. The Dodgers' attorney Jerome Jackson went on 710 ESPN radio here in Los Angeles to talk about the case, according to NBC LA. He didn't come right out and say that Stow provoked his own brutal beating. He did mention that Stow had too much alcohol in his system to drive a car and then he pulled out some folksy defense attorney wisdom: "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."

It doesn't sound like he has built a case yet, but it does sound like he has a strategy. The Dodgers has also filed its own lawsuits against the suspects charged in the beating, Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30.

Other witnesses at the game said that Stow "wanted no trouble." The initial report given by LAPD suggested that the attack on Stow was largely unprovoked:

Stow was leaving Dodger Stadium along with several of his friends, following the conclusion of the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. the San Francisco Giants baseball game. The two suspects, who were wearing Dodger attire, began taunting the victims because of their affiliation with the San Francisco Giants. As the victim and his friends attempted to walk away from the suspects, the victim was hit from behind and fell to the ground. The suspects then kicked the victim as he lay on the ground. The victim's friends attempted to intervene and they too were hit by the suspects. Stow suffered a severe skull fracture.