The two men found guilty of the senseless beating and crippling of paramedic Bryan Stow, New York Giants Fan, were just sentenced. Defendant Louie Sanchez received eight years of incarceration for his part in the violent act, and his accomplice; Marvin Norwood, received a mere 4 years. He may soon be eligible for release with time served. New York Giants fans are not satisfied with the sentence.
After roughly two years, Norwood may be released to go free. In the case of Sanchez, even an eight year sentence allows for the convicted to regain their freedom again in possibly just over 5 years in some cases, with time off for good behavior. However that will not be the case for the man who was in a coma for several months and has suffered extensive brain trauma. His injuries were so severe that he is still in need of people to aid him in day-to-day activities such as showering and dressing or even eating or using the restroom. In recent interviews the family has stated that Stowe was essentially kicked out of the 24 hour care facility he was in due to insurance company complications involving what they were no longer willing to cover, and in turn Stow was forced to return home to be cared for by his mother and father. The family has expressed their concerns, noting how they believed their son still needs more professional care than they are able to provide at home, although they are unable to afford it. Stowe Also has two children whom he can no longer take care of himself in the way that he could living as a healthy adult.
Comments have been made by gun owners on the subject of the beating in statements like, “ If he only had a way to protect himself that night against those two, his family may still have the same Bryan Stowe with them here today.”
What about Giants Fans as a whole, and are they satisfied with the resulting jail sentence delivered today? What about the continuing care for Stow? Some would say he “took one for the team.” However the family has suffered great financial hardship as a result of his injuries. Is it possible that all the love and devotion fans place in their favorite sports team might actually be misplaced? From the billions of dollars generated each year, some folks are asking if it would have been too much to pool together and “throw a few pennies away” coming to the aid of one of their biggest fans.
A situation like this, some believe it would have benefited the image of professional sports, and gave further cause to the reason people really started loving going to games in the first place, and that was coming together when times were tough. Well times are tough for Bryan Stow, a man who was nearly beaten to death in the parking lot after a game in San Diego, with no other Giants fans around to help him.
It seems to some that the law would allow a deviant person with foul intentions to trade twenty or thirty months of detention, in exchange for causing a man, paramedic, and loving father permanent brain damage, crippling and disabling him for life. Reports show comments made from Giants fans all over the country that they are not satisfied with the jail sentence given to the two men who thuggishly robbed from the life of Bryan Stowe, “and neither are any other decent hearted people in America,” one fan exclaimed. Surprisingly Stowe has returned to Dodger’s Stadium to cheer his favorite team on from a wheelchair, in spite of the horrific events that took place on that tragic night. Those men took a lot away from Bryan Stowe that day, but they certainly did not take away his team spirit.
Opinion By Aaron Thompson