Tom Leykis: Why Is L.A. Rejecting My $50,000 Reward In Dodger Stadium Beating Incident?
May 20, 2011 at 1:24 PM (PT)
TOM LEYKIS' offer to put up $50,000 of his own money towards the reward for information leading to the arrest of the two suspects in the beating of a SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS fan in the parking lot at DODGER STADIUM on Opening Day this season has been rejected by the LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT, according to the DAILY NEWS OF LOS ANGELES.
LEYKIS announced his contribution to aid the effort to find BRYAN STOW's attackers in APRIL, but told the DAILY NEWS' TOM HOFFARTH that he noticed the $50,000, double the contribution made by the DODGERS, missing from the total announced TUESDAY by the LAPD, and added that if he can't get an answer as to why he can't donate to the cause, he will rescind the offer.
"At first I thought it was just an oversight," said LEYKIS, presently waiting for his CBS RADIO contract to expire so he can return to the airwaves next APRIL. "Maybe (LOS ANGELES Police Chief CHARLIE) BECK wasn't aware of it -- even though it was in 1,300 newspapers. I was shocked to find that wasn't the case. And I want to make it clear: I don't want to rescind it. I don't need the publicity. I haven't had a radio show on the air in two years. I've lived in L.A. 23 years. I've always had a good relationship with the LAPD, especially in HOLLYWOOD where I live. I thought I was doing the right thing, but now I'm being treated with what sounds like disdain."
LEYKIS surmises that the rejection may have something to do with the content of his radio show, and added that the representative responsible for collecting reward donations initially accepted the offer but became belligerent later, insisting that the city "couldn't acknowledge rewards from private individuals" although donations from the DODGERS, GIANTS and the ambulance company, all private businesses, were accepted.