‘Douche du Jour’: Pennsylvania Sportswriter Blames Bryan Stow, S.F. Giants Fan Brutally Beaten at Dodger Stadium, for his Own Attack
John Steigerwald, a veteran Pennsylvania sportswriter and TV sports reporter, has sparked widespread outrage over an article he wrote in the Observer-Reporter in which he blames Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan beaten to within an inch of his life outside Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on April 1, for the attack.
Stow, a 42-year-old paramedic and father of two from Santa Cruz, California, was wearing a Giants jersey as he made his way to his car after the game when he was jumped by a pair of 20-something young men wearing Dodger blue. Witnesses say that as the men brutally beat Stow they cursed the Giants. Stow is still hospitalized in a medically induced coma in Los Angeles; part of his skull had to be removed to allow his brain to swell. Doctors say his chances of waking up from the coma are slim.
Incredibly, Steigerwald says it’s time for sports fans like Stow to “grow up” and stop wearing team jerseys. “Are there really 40-something men who think that wearing the jersey makes them part of the team? It was cute when a 10-year-old kid got that feeling by showing up at Three Rivers Stadium in a Pirates jersey, but when did little boys stop growing out of that?” he wrote. “Maybe someone can ask Stow, if he ever comes out of his coma, why he thought it was a good idea to wear Giants gear to a Dodgers home opener when there was a history of out-of-control drunkenness and arrests at that event going back several years,” he added.
That’s not all– douchebag Steigerwald says Stow’s attackers “probably thought they were doing their duty as Dodger fans. They were protecting Dodger turf.”
Erin Sherbert of SF Weekly says that blaming Stow for his own attack is akin to “saying a woman in a short skirt was asking for it.”
John Steigerwald has every right to express his opinion, as insensitive as it may be. But we’ve also got the right to call him a douchebag. Because for blaming the victim of a horrific crime– one which may cost him his life– that’s exactly what the veteran sportswriter is.
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