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

Categories: Basebrawl, Media
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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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SFGiantsWorldChamps
SFGiantsWorldChamps

i love what the steiger guy had to say. While the mindless thugs should rot in hell for what they did, the average adult should know BETTER than to where a rivals jersey in the rowdy gang-ridden bleachers full of east LA mexicans...  A 40 year old guy can where a SF jersey in ANY other part of the stadium! Its just about puting yourself (and your kids) in safe situations. Being an obnoxious Giants fan in hostile territory and arguing with drunks (like stow was seen doing on video) is a poor choice when you have your little ones around!

Greg
Greg

As a Pittsburgher, I'm ashamed by this piece. This guy is trash and has always been trash.

Imonthedl
Imonthedl

I don't believe in violence or racism, but I'd love to see this guy walk down my neighborhood and see how far he gets. The defense people will use would be just as ignorant but similar as his was in his column. "White people shouldn't be walking around at night in our neighborhood."

GypsyRosyBlue
GypsyRosyBlue

 Your a idiot   Show had every right to wear what he wanted  jerk

Jess
Jess

And your statement is pretty much asking for it! How can u blame him for getting beat he went to go see giants play! Thats all

Caelhath
Caelhath

Wow, what a bunch of sports nuts.

I think this Steigerwald guy is perfectly within the realms of decency and good sense. He didn't say the guy "Deserved It." He said he should have "KNOWN BETTER."

And as for the writer, you can eat that comment about girls asking to get raped by wearing sexy clothes. If you can't stand the heat, don't walk around naked in Rapeville. If you don't want to get beaten, don't wear a jersey of the opposing team to a place known for unruly and violent behavior.

And yes it is as simple as that, you twits. Nobody DESERVES bad things. But they can try a little harder to AVOID them.

Coastiesmom
Coastiesmom

Carma, I want to hear you say this when it happens to you or yours twit

Elroy
Elroy

His opinion is off base and almost all of us disagree with what he wrote. He wrote his opinion and it ultimately was approved to be published in his employer's paper. Why should he be fired when it was approved to be published by someone higher up? So many people in various comments quickly think someone should be fired for one troubling event. Editorials should be weighted for what they are, thought provokers and subjects for debate.I have not read any article about the crime scene that detailed what transpired to lead to the savage beating. Wearing the away jersey or colors should warrant one to expect some confrontation, but what else caused the escalation to phyiscal violence? Since the assailants are still at large and the victim is comatose, its all speculation.

Sos4one
Sos4one

Everyone missing the point no matter who's at fault... It take 2 LA pussys 2 beat one Giants fan...

Francine
Francine

is this writer stupid or what? Hopefully, they will get rid of this dunce.. what a representation of the newspaper.

Angelica
Angelica

Despicable! He needs to resign immediately, or be fired for his thinly-veiled sanctioning of this brutal violence.

Dad62459
Dad62459

This goofy sports writer needs to shut up. What a jerk. He should hide in the same hole as Punxsutawney Phil since he lives in Pennsylvania. This jerk is lower than a groundhog. We live in the USA. not Lybia!!!!!!!!!!

Iago Parrot
Iago Parrot

As a human being, he's a moron, but as a sportswriter, he's a genius--who had ever heard of him prior to this?

Engent
Engent

This idiot is essentially equating the rapist blaming the victim for wearing provocative clothing. This guy is an irresponsible and stultified human being.

Tkallison12
Tkallison12

This article is offensive. I sure hope that John Steigerwald is FIRED for this horrible written piece of misjustice. Wonder if he would be saying the same thing if it happened to him or someone that he cared about. I highly doubt that. This was a horrible attack and to condone it is just wrong.

john
john

Up yours.

Keithjfro
Keithjfro

Steigerwald also said in comments (That he since removed) that Stow "provoked" the attack by wearing the Giants gear.

He has now begun his back-tracking, I guess he's fearful of losing a 2nd job in two months.

Engagent
Engagent

The newspaper should fire him and the editor that approved the story.

A. McS.
A. McS.

As a journalist, editor and Giant fan, I WILL be calling the Observer-Reporter to register my complaint. Steigerwald owes all sports fans and journalists an apology for posting this hideous "article"

If you want to complain too, here are ALL of their contact numbers: http://www.observer-reporter.c...

Yvette Monique Anderson
Yvette Monique Anderson

Shame on this "so-called journalist" for writing such an appalling article. A man's life is in jeopardy, his children might lose their father and all he could come up with was, "he shouldn't have donned Giant's gear..." Hey Steigerwald, you share the exact same mentality as the deadbeats who put Bryan where he is right now. Your logic disgusts me.

h. brown
h. brown

Hey Erin,

If you want to attract attention without anyone getting hurt? I mean, I'd never say this unless it was obvious that you have no decorum, values or concern for Public Safety (you've proven this by continuing to foment violence in this matter)

You want a sensation that local readers will tune in?

How about taking your panties off and sitting on the copy machine and sending us a copy of your tush.

It has to look better than what you've been writing.

C'mon Erin, I'm looking for tush. Yours. To prove you're a real journalist.

Go Giants!

h. .

Richard Haick
Richard Haick

We don't live in a fantasy world, nor a utopia. In a perfect world, we'd all get along and not fight over anything, ever. But, we all know that anyone who goes into the territory of another team, animal, religion, or other place that could be inflamatory, is indeed "asking for it". Anyone who does it is simply attracting attention to themselves on purpose. And we all know this, but we pretend it doesn't happen. He probably expected a few unkind words and not a savage beating. But it was still a very stupid thing to do. I'm not defending the actions of anyone involved, and my opinion is very unpopular, but if you don't believe it to be true, then you are naive.

Sos4one
Sos4one

You are a Fing idiot...

Dad62459
Dad62459

Richard where do you live? This is America. Scum who do these violent acts need to be locked up like animals and left to kill each other. They might have been illeagals from that drug infested country of Mexico.

TK
TK

That's ridiculous, and I'm not naive. Hundreds of thousands of fans wear opposing teams' gear to stadiums every year without anything more than some verbal jabs, but anyone who does it should expect to be beaten into a coma? If it happens one time out of 100,000 or 500,000 possible occurrences, does that prove your point?

Here, check this out:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

I'm not following your logic here. How do you jump from "attracting attention" to "asking for a savage beating"?

Gvito2002
Gvito2002

It's like saying a guy with a horrendous stache is asking for it. What backwoods, middle-of-nowhere Pennsylvania hole did this douche crawl out of?

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