Earlier this week I brought you the appallingly insensitive reaction of Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt after a fan was beaten into a coma in the Dodger Stadium parking lot following a Dodgers-Giants game last week.
Since McCourt’s unbelievably tone deaf response, local media-fueled public outrage in Los Angeles has grown exponentially, so much so that McCourt is now scrambling to repair
After McCourt was verbally savaged by current L.A.P.D. Chief Charlie Beck at a press conference yesterday for his mishandling of yet another violent crime at Dodger Stadium, McCourt announced he’d hired former L.A. Police Chief William Bratton as a security consultant.
The move by McCourt was clearly a public relations ploy to align himself with the popular Bratton, only days after McCourt had indicated that he was essentially satisfied with his own ballpark security force.
But while McCourt was writing a check to Bratton in a transparent attempt to extricate himself from what is now an irreparable public relations disaster, the Giants had already committed a check to help the L.A.P.D. solve the unspeakable violence perpetrated on a fan outside Dodger Stadium!
KCOP-TV in Los Angeles reported Thursday:
The reward offered in the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium has grown to $25,000, it was announced today.
A $10,000 reward offered by the San Francisco Giants and $5,000 from American Medical Response, the victim’s employer, has been added to the $10,000 reward Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich issued Saturday, Antonovich said.
Bryan Stow, a paramedic from the Santa Cruz area, was beaten in a parking lot of Dodger Stadium Thursday following the season-opening game between the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. Stow was wearing Giants clothing.
The Dodgers have since put up reward money. Which is nice.
McCourt also made the unfortunate decision to speak to the media on the matter this week. From a KCOP-TV report:
McCourt told FOX 11 News that Dodger Stadium is not the only sports facility in the nation where violence has occurred.
“This is something that is happening in venues all around the country and it’s time we take our venues back and make sure they are safe havens for our fans,” McCourt told FOX 11 News
On McCourt’s watch, Dodger Stadium is now the most notoriously dangerous venue in all of professional sports. Since McCourt took over the team in 2003, Dodger Stadium has become a magnet for innumerable crimes committed by local gang members on innocent citizens, including multiple murders.
During the same time period, there isn’t a pro sports venue in the nation that has seen the level of brutal, consistent criminal activity against its patrons as McCourt’s Dodger Stadium.
So after the most recent, unspeakable crime against a Dodger Stadium patron, a crime in which the now-comatose fan had a portion of his brain and skull removed thanks to a brutal attack on the grounds of his own ballpark, what does McCourt do?
He attempts to distract from his own lack of action to stem the criminal issue over the years. Inaction that set the scene for the opening day attack. The same lack of action that L.A.P.D. Chief Beck implied Thursday led to the most recent fan attack.
What’s most distressing, at least to me, is that none of this public outcry would likely be happening had McCourt delivered the proper, proactive reaction to the recent fan attack.
After similar Dodger Stadium attacks on McCourt’s watch, including two murders, there wasn’t nearly the reaction we’ve seen here in L.A. this week. Until now, there was little to no acknowledgement by the local media, police and city leaders that a serious problem at Dodger Stadium ever existed. (A problem that has long been an open secret among Angelenos.)
In other words, we should actually be thanking McCourt for his laughable reax to such a serious situation, as it may finally lead to the effective elimination of undesirables at Dodger Stadium.
Hopefully they’ll be able to nab the criminals too.