Friend retells beating outside Dodger Stadium
San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was put into a coma after being beaten outside Dodger Stadium by two home team fans on Thursday. Security cameras did not reveal many details of the incident, which occurred minutes after the Giants lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the season opener. One of Stow’s friends, who was also at the game, described the incident:
Corey Maciel, appearing on the “Mason and Ireland” show on 710 ESPN Radio in Los Angeles, said entering Dodger Stadium in Giants clothing was uncomfortable from the start.
“It was pretty hostile just walking up to the stadium — it was intimidating, to say the least,” he said. “There were a lot of Dodgers fans angry that we were there. We got things thrown at us the whole time we were there.”
It got much worse after the game. Maciel said it started with rowdy fans yelling profanities. Then the suspects initiated contact.
“Bryan and I were walking, side by side, and talking, not even about the game, about work, I think,” Maciel said. “Somebody pushed Bryan. This guy came out from behind the car and pushed Bryan into me. I grabbed Bryan and rolled away. We kept walking. At that point my older brother Matt intercepted a punch on the cheek that was meant for Bryan.”
Maciel said his group still tried to avoid a confrontation that was inevitable. “About five minutes later, they came up from behind us, and they caught us when we were all a little bit spread out. I never saw it coming. My other friend Jeff got hit in the mouth and Bryan got hit from behind. He got hit in the side of the head and never saw it coming.”