Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Chick Fight Could Cost Dodgers

From "Dodger fan seeks $1 million over parking lot punch" (reg.) at the LA Times:

Weeks before spring training, the Los Angeles Dodgers got an early workout this morning as jurors heard a woman claim she lost partial vision after an abusive, foul-mouthed fan hit her after a Sunday afternoon game against archrival San Francisco.

The central issue in the Los Angeles County Superior Court lawsuit is whether the Dodgers provided enough security at the ballpark in Chavez Ravine. Marta Parra Helenius, a 31-year-old nurse, claims the team didn't follow its own rules on how to handle unruly fans, leading to the assault and making her legally blind in one eye.

Helenius was punched in the parking lot after the San Francisco Giants pulled out a dramatic, ninth-inning victory on July 17, 2005, before 47,000 spectators. Denise Ordaz was charged with hitting Helenius, pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 270 days in jail last year.

Fans have been killed at Dodger Stadium and this piece of foxy boxing causes a lawsuit? We eagerly await the final decision.

UPDATE:

Rob at 6-4-2 brings some perspective:

At first I thought this was just another silly lawsuit, but it looks like the woman involved has suffered serious physical injury. Since the assault seems to have taken place on the Dodger Stadium grounds, there's at least a whiff of culpability, though honestly it's not clear what Dodgers security could have done differently.

My reaction is to avoid going to Giants games altogether. It seems to draw the worst kind of morons into the stadium.

UPDATE:

Dodgers cleared in stadium assault (LA Times (reg.)) (hat tip: 6-4-2)

5 comments:

Delino DeShields said...

I'm glad the girls in the pictures are friends again.

Orel said...

It's a legal precedent!

Orel said...

Q: What happens when two chicks duke it out in a parking lot? A: The Los Angeles Dodgers get sued, of course

Delino DeShields said...

Would the Dodgers have covered my ass when a guy threatened me in the upper deck cause he heard me cheer extra loud for Shawn Green? (true story)

Orel said...

When Green was on the Mets? I can see his point of view....