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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Columnist Blames Victim, Says Bryan Stow Shouldn't Have Been Wearing Giants Jersey

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Even John Steigerwald's mustache is embarrassed for him.
  • Even John Steigerwald's mustache is embarrassed for him.

Longtime Pennsylvania sports anchor and writer John Steigerwald pens an astonishingly offensive piece this week in the Observer-Reporter, essentially blaming Giants fan Bryan Stow for his own savage beating.

Steigerwald's gross logic is that Stow, 42, shouldn't have donned San Francisco Giants gear while at the rival Dodger stadium where he attended the opener game on March 31.

He writes that the two men who attacked Stow as he walked to his car after the game probably believed they were doing their job in protecting Dodger turf.

That's like saying a woman wearing a short skirt was asking for it.

Here are some mind-boggling statements from Steigerwald's piece, posted at 3:32 a.m. It's worth noting that the veteran journalist referred to Stow as Snow throughout the article (though the paper has since fixed the error).

"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."

Steigerwald then goes on to criticize Stow and all the sports fans who wear sports attire to games:

"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?"

While Steigerwald muses about what grown men should or should not wear to baseball games, Stow, a paramedic and father of two, remains in critical condition at a Los Angeles hospital.

He has been in a coma since March 31, when he was beaten outside Dodger stadium as he walked to his car.

Even those who do not follow sports have rallied around Stow's family, hoping and praying police catch the two Dodgers fans responsible for the attack. Both teams and cities have pooled money, offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to their arrest.

The one thing we will agree with Steigerwald is that it's time for sports fans to grow up. Not because of what they are wearing (that's just silly), but because of how some of them are ruining the game for the rest of us.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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