FORT WORTH — A baseball fan from Weatherford who says he was knocked unconscious while trying to stop a fight in the stands at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington has sued the ball club’s owners and a company that sells beer at the ballpark.Don Alan Markum Jr. says in his suit that an “unruly, intoxicated” fan hit him in the left eye with a “sucker punch” during a game on Oct. 15, 2011. Rangers security personnel did little to defuse the escalating situation before he was hit and did not seek prompt medical attention for Markum, whose left eye is disfigured because of his injuries, the suit says.The suit also accuses vendor Metroplex Sportservice of selling beer to an intoxicated fan.Roger Phillips, a Weatherford attorney representing the Markums, did not return calls seeking comment on Wednesday.John Blake, a Rangers spokesman, said in an emailed statement, “The Rangers have just received a copy of the suit and are not in a position to comment at this time.”Metroplex Sportservice officials could not be reached to comment.According to the suit, which was filed in Tarrant County civil court, Markum and his wife, Evon Markum, attended game six of the American League championship series against the Detroit Tigers.Four “obviously intoxicated” people sat in the row below them and made several trips to a concession stand to buy beer.“The unruly fans made several loud, lewd comments and disrupted the game for other fans sitting in the area,” the suit says. “In the bottom of the third inning, the unruly fans turned around and began harassing a couple sitting next to the Markums,” the suit says. A fight ensued, and Don Markum “verbally intervened” to try to calm everyone down.One of the four hit Markum with a “sucker punch” in his left eye and he lost consciousness. Ballpark security “finally appeared” and told everyone to leave the seating area, including Markum, who was regaining consciousness, the suit says.Security personnel did not seek prompt medical attention for Markum other than to give him an ice pack, according to the suit. Markum sustained a fractured “lower orbital” that has required three surgeries and has left him disfigured. He also had a concussion, he says in the suit.The suit argues that Texas Rangers Baseball Express was negligent because adequate security and medical care were not provided. Markum is seeking damages including medical expenses and loss of earnings.
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