Bryan Stow more than likely would have avoided being beaten in a
Hired by the plaintiffs, Gil Fried said he reviewed the
Fried pointed out that Louie Sanchez — one of the men who pleaded guilty to Stow’s attack — should have been ejected from the stadium for throwing soda and food at people around him. He also said that the Dodgers had a duty to be on high alert for a game against the arch-rival
"After a game, one set of fans is going to be pretty happy and the other side's not going to be happy at all, and that could lead to potential conflicts," Fried said. "That's why you have to monitor the situation more aggressively."
In the ongoing civil trial that accuses the Dodgers and former owner
But Fried said the responsibility lay with the Dodgers because it was their property. "Nobody else," he said. He also said the Dodgers should have had a larger number of security that day as well as more off-duty officers in uniform. "No doubt in my mind that they are responsible," he said.
Fried is on the board of directors for the Academy for Venue Safety and Security, a training program once attended by the Dodgers' head of security, Shahram Ariane. Fried was among his teachers at the time.
During cross-examination, an attorney for the Dodgers tore into the credentials and background of Fried, a former attorney and a professor in the management of sports industries program at the
"You've come in here criticizing the Dodgers about their day-to-day management of Dodger Stadium but you yourself have never had any hands-on involvement in the day-to-day operations of a stadium, an arena or a sports complex, true?" Dana Fox asked.
Fox likened such critique to being an "armchair quarterback" without "nitty-gritty" experience. He brought up legal cases Fried had been involved in as an expert that included an inline skating incident and a balance-beam accident.
Fox then held up a textbook written by Fried titled “Managing Sport Facilities” and pointed out that it contained a chapter written by Bill Squires, a former facility manager for