Francisco Rodriguez said he was beaten by the group of security guards on Opening Day of the 2018 season. Fast forward to 2021 and he is no longer facing a criminal charge that the city had pursued against him, according to ABC 7.
The footage above shows Rodriguez surrounded by security and Los Angeles Police at the tail end of a scuffle that happened while he was being ejected from Dodger Stadium. Rodriguez claims he was punchd and beaten by them.
An attorney representing Rodriguez has filed a civil lawsuit against the Dodgers, but Los Angeles city attorneys also filed a battery charge against him. He was accused of hitting a security officer in the face during the melee.
His trial for battery ended with a hung jury. Instead of seeking a new trial, the city attorney’s office decided to dismiss the case.
“I feel very good about that because it was a big relief not only for me but for my family, my mental health,” Rodriguez said.
It’s been several years since the incident, but Rodriguez is still recovering from the injuries he suffered on that day.
“I wasn’t able to perform the same way I was able to before that happened to me. I was dealing with a lot of injuries and it has affected me in every way,” Rodriguez said.
It’s been a hectic year for Dodgers fan in 2021 as they were let back into the stadium after a global pandemic forced teams to keep fans out in 2020. Despite the World Series victory in a shortened year and great regular season in 2021, the fans have been extra violent towards other fan bases as well as people who cheer for the same team.
Just with any fight at a sporting event, you can blame drunk people being wild, but at some point, the fans engaging in this behavior had to take some accountability.
Stop being violent.