Man arrested in Bryan Stow case says he has alibi

REFILE – ADDITIONAL CAPTION INFORMATION Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (L) and Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck announce that a suspect has been arrested in the baseball season opening day assault of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow, at a news conference held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles May 22, 2011. Police in Los Angeles arrested one suspect and detained several other people for questioning on Sunday in connection with the brutal beating of Stow at Dodger Stadium. An LAPD news release identified the suspect as 31-year-old Giovanni Ramirez. REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASEBALL CRIME LAW POLITICS)

A man has been arrested in the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow, but according to the Examiner, he has an alibi.

Giovanni Ramirez, 31, was arrested in an East Hollywood apartment early Sunday morning and is alleged to have been “the primary aggressor” in the beating of 42-year-old Brian Stow on March 31. Stow suffered a severe skull fracture and is in a coma.

Ramirez’ lawyer, Chip Matthews, says three witnesses will testify that his client was at his Los Angeles apartment, not at the game, at the time of the attack, TMZ reported.

Ramirez was nabbed following a tip from his parole agent, who noticed a resemblance to police sketches that have been widely disseminated by the media, and is featured on 300 billboards in the Los Angeles area.

According to the Examiner, Ramirez has previous convictions on charges including attempted robbery and “possessing or importing for sale composite or hard wooden knuckles,” which apparently is a misdemeanor. Other charges including assault, drug-related charges and one count of firing a weapon in public were dismissed.

Justice cannot come soon enough in this Bryan Stow case, but the more important thing is that police get the right criminal. Here’s hoping that if Ramirez was responsible, justice will be served. And the same can be said for the other two people who remain at large, which include the female who drove the two thugs after they committed the heinous act.

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Charlie Sheen donates money to Giants’ fan that was beaten in L.A.

Actor Charlie Sheen gestures towards fans as he arrives for a sentencing hearing at the Pitkin County Courthouse in Aspen, Colorado in this August 2, 2010 file photo. After hearing chants of “Refund! Refund!” and being booed, even Sheen knew his “Violent Torpedo of Truth” had bombed on its debut in Detroit on April 2, 2011. The comedy revue with rapper Dirt Nasty and comedian Kirk Fox, among others, brought catcalls from the audience and not even Sheen’s girlfriend “goddesses” could win fans. The Detroit performance was opening night of 22 shows in 20 U.S. and Canadian cities. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Charlie Sheen has received plenty of negative, wild and downright zany (do people still use the word “zany?” Ah, to hell with it – I’m using it anyway…) headlines over the past couple of months. So it’s only fair that when he gives something back to society, the media reports on those storylines as well.

According to the New York Post, “Wild Thing” Vaughn donated $20,000 to the foundation for Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was beaten by a couple of thugs in Los Angeles during the opening weekend of the MLB season. Apparently Stow is not responding to stimulation as much as the doctors would like now that he is out of a medically induced coma. Doctors took Stow off the medication that was keeping him in a coma last Tuesday but while he was able to come off it without suffering any seizures, he is still not responding.

Meanwhile, the two animals that carried out the act are still at large.

Sheen is the latest to contribute to Stow’s fund. On Sunday, the Giants’ minor league teams in San Jose and Fresno gave $43,362 to Stow’s young children in order to help with the loss of wages, family travel and any medical costs that Stow’s insurance doesn’t pick up. People have been very gracious to the Stow family, who must be touched in what can only be described as a difficult time.

Sheen is a huge fan of not only baseball, but Giants’ closer Brian Wilson as well. It’s not surprising that Stow’s situation encouraged him to donate and I think it was an extremely nice gesture. (Especially when you consider what else Sheen could have spent the money on…yikes.)

Giants’ fan that was beaten placed back into induced coma

An image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Bryan Stow (C) is shown on the scoreboard before a MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California, April 8, 2011. Stow who drove more than 300 miles from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles to watch his beloved Giants play the Dodgers on Opening Day last week, was attacked and beaten in the parking lot by two men after the game. The 42-year-old paramedic and father of two, who was apparently assaulted because he wore Giants garb, remains in a coma and listed in critical condition at a local hospital. His assailants, who were dressed in Dodgers gear, have not been caught despite a $150,000 reward. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach (UNITED STATES – Tags: CIVIL UNREST SPORT BASEBALL)

There’s more sad news about Bryan Stow this weekend.

According to report by FOX Sports.com, the 41-year-old Giants fan who was brutally assaulted on March 31 at Dodger Stadium was placed back into a medically induced coma on Saturday due to “a recurrence of seizures” related to his head trauma.

Bryan Stow remains in critical condition, according to Rosa Saca, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center.

Stow, 42, will be monitored closely for the next few days to see when it may be possible to reduce the medication again, Saca said. Stow sustained possible brain damage in the attack.

I have no idea what Stow’s family is going through but they continue to be in my thoughts. Hopefully Bryan continues to fight and eventually, his family will get to speak to him soon.

It’s a shame that the animals that did this haven’t been caught yet. A reward of at least $120,000 has been promised for information leading to the arrests of the two thugs responsible. Justice needs to be served here, although the more important thing is that Bryan be able to make a recovery.

On a side note, kudos to those who have raised or donated money to help pay for Stow’s medical expenses. The specific numbers aren’t important, but the Giants and Dodgers have raised and donated money, as has pitcher Tim Lincecum. Every little bit helps.

Forget his column, John Steigerwald’s opinion on jerseys is just flat out stupid

Los Angeles Dodgers fans lineup outside Dodger Stadium before their Opening Day MLB National League baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles, California March 31, 2011. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

John Steigerwald is the Pittsburgh-area columnist who caused a stir earlier this week for a column he wrote about Bryan Stow, the 42-year-old Giants fan who is still in a coma after being beaten by two thugs outside of Dodger Stadium on Opening Weekend. I responded to the garbage that Steigerwald wrote yesterday, but since then he has taken to his blog (as well as TV and radio) to defend his stance.

This was from an entry entitled “THANKS FOR NOT TAKING IT PERSONALLY:”

I don’t apologize for the column but I do apologize to the Stow family if this nonsense has reached them and in any way added to their pain. I don’t, for one second, blame Brian Stow for the beating he took. I do blame the ever increasing out of control, out of perspective behavior by fans, too many of whom are no longer satisfied with going to their stadiums and cheering for their teams. And I sure as hell don’t think –as some hysterical posters have claimed –that Bryan “had it coming.”

If you read the entire entry, Steigerwald again comes off like an ass and almost seems to think that he’s the victim of “hysterical” readers. But he came back with another piece called “MOVING ON,” which came across much better in my eyes.

I wrote what I wrote and I stand by it, but at the same time, I understand why so many people interpreted some of what I wrote as being insensitive to Bryan Stow’s situation. I made the mistake of assuming that the tragedy of the situation spoke for itself and that I didn’t need to point out how terrible it was for Stow and his family. When I wrote ” Maybe somebody 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”, I can see by the responses that that came across as flippant and insensitive. That was not my intent. If I had it to do over again, I would write it differently. I know what I felt in my heart when I wrote it and it was anger over what had happened to this guy over a stupid jersey. That’s why I spent a good part of the column expressing my feelings about the jersey phenomenon. I don’t get it. That doesn’t mean that I don’t think everybody has the right to wear what they want to a game.

Much better, John. You’re still way, way off base and your original column should still be used as toilet paper but at least you actually took the time to see what all the outrage was about.

As I wrote yesterday (although not in so many words), I think Steigerwald’s point is pretty freaking stupid. Let’s put Bryan Stow’s situation aside for a moment and focus on what Steigerwald was trying to say in his original column: that grown men shouldn’t wear jerseys to a game because a) the players can’t see you and even if they could, they don’t draw inspiration from you or your jersey, b) you’re not a kid anymore and c) the jersey may contribute to “the new mob mentality that seems to exist in the stands these days.”

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Writer: Beaten Giants fan should have known not to wear jersey

San Francisco Giants fans root for their team in the eighth inning during Game 1 of the Major League Baseball (MLB)’s World Series against the Texas Rangers in San Francisco, October 27, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

I’ve seen plenty of crap writing in my day but John Steigerwald of the Observer-Reporter has taken bad journalism to a whole new level.

I actually read this piece yesterday but I wanted to let my opinions marinate overnight. I like to play devil’s advocate as much as possible and give writers the benefit of the doubt if I can at least see where they were coming from. But after reading Steigerwald’s article again this morning, it’s pretty clear that this guy doesn’t have a point.

Steigerwald’s column is about Bryan Stow, the 42-year-old paramedic and lifelong Giants fan who is now in a coma because a pair of thugs beat him to within an inch of his life outside of Dodger Stadium on Opening Weekend. Steigerwald suggests that Stow (whom Steigerwald apparently called “Snow” until he was corrected in the comments section of the piece) should have known not to wear his Giants jersey to the park that night.

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.

If he ever comes out of his coma? You’re kidding me right? How insensitive can you get?

Nobody needs to ask Stow why he wore his Giants’ “gear”: He was supporting his team at a ballgame. It’s not like he went to the beach dressed in an Eskimo suit.

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?

Here’s tip for you if you actually think that wearing your team’s jersey makes you a part of the team:

It doesn’t.

Is this now a cautionary tale that Steigerwald is writing or is he badgering a man in a coma? I’m confused.

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