Woman Said Dodgers Owe her More Than A Million
Sometimes going to a Dodger game gets to be more than a spectator sport, especially when team rivalries are enacted in the stands.
In July of 2005, while a game between West Coast rivals the Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, a fight broke out between fans in their seats, leading to now 31-year-old Maria Parra Helenius being punched by now 27-year-old Denise Ordaz, allegedly causing her to be legally blind. So who's to blame for the injury?
According to Helenius and her legal representation, the Dodgers. They are looking for "a seven-figure award from the team" reports KNBC.com.
Of course, the assailant's lawyer disagrees, saying both women were victims of bad decision-making on that fateful day, and that Helenius' idea that the ball club needs to pony up is a "fairy tale." But Helenius claims the Dodgers are to blame because they did not eject Ordaz, whose heckling of Helenius and her friends, including poking fun at the "shirtless hairy back of Helenius' then- boyfriend, Mikko Helenius" (the couple are now married). Ordaz, who had consumed 3-6 beers during the game, and her friends were instead moved to another location in the stadium in order to keep the peace. According to KNBC.com, "Helenius is seeking money from the Dodgers because Ordaz is broke and could not pay restitution ordered by a judge who in March 2006 also sentenced her to 270 days in jail and three years probation, [Dodgers' attorney Jerome M.] Jackson said. Ordaz testified she was released after 27 days."
Up until this beer-soaked and unsportsmen-like incident, "Dodgers officials had ejected more than 200 spectators from games for misconduct as comparatively minor as throwing beach balls and popcorn, according to Jackson." All of this information was shared yesterday in Los Angeles Superior court during the closing arguments of the trial, which was initiated by Helenius. The jury returned with their verdict late in the afternoon, rejecting the claim against the Dodgers.
Incidentally, the Giants won that game 4-1. Fans everywhere should take heed, and consider doing their heckling post-game and through photographs, like LAist's Malingering. Root, root, root for that home team!
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