ST. LOUIS -- Despite a previous denial by the Los Angeles Dodgers, the resignation of club security chief Jim Italiano may have been linked to an alleged beating in the Dodger Stadium parking lot of a black man whom Dodgers security believed was a scalper.
According to a source familiar with the incident, the man was visiting Los Angeles in late July and had tickets to a game during the first homestand after the All-Star break. He was confronted in the parking lot by security guards who allegedly beat him and yelled racial remarks at him. Italiano was allegedly at the scene of the incident.
"The kid was really in bad shape," said a Dodgers security guard who asked not to be identified. "The guards used the 'N' word and were flinging racial epithets at him."
William Powers, the alleged victim's attorney, has scheduled a news conference for later this week to discuss the incident and any possible legal action. Powers did not return phone calls Saturday.
Sam Fernandez, Dodgers staff counsel, said Saturday that Powell had contacted the Dodgers regarding the incident.
"We have been contacted by William Powers regarding the alleged incident in the parking lot," Fernandez said. "The information we have received from our security personnel is very different than the information conveyed by Mr. Powers.
"Needless to say, we do not condone, and indeed abhor, the type of conduct that has been alleged by Mr. Powers."
A source familiar with the incident said the man, who has yet to be identified, was treated at a hospital after he was taken to the Dodgers nursing station at the stadium. The source said the man suffered multiple injuries.
Italiano, the Dodgers director of stadium operations the past two years, resigned last Monday.
Bob Graziano, Dodgers vice president of finance, said the incident and the resignation were unrelated.