NY football fan pleads not guilty in stadium fall
A football fan who slid down a stadium railing during a Buffalo
Bills game and fell onto a spectator below pleaded not guilty
Tuesday to misdemeanor charges.
Robert Hopkins, 29, was released without bail following his
appearance in Orchard Park Town Court on charges of assault and
He declined to speak with reporters.
”This was an accident, plain and simple,” Hopkins’ attorney,
Jeffrey Bochiechio, said after the hearing. ”My client already
apologized to the other man involved in the incident. There’s
really nothing more to say.”
The charges carry a maximum one-year jail term.
Hopkins was charged three days after being caught on video
sliding down a 300-level railing at Ralph Wilson Stadium and then
toppling backward and falling about 30 feet into the 200 section
during the Bills’ Nov. 17 game against the Jets.
Hopkins and the fan he landed on were taken to a hospital and
released later that day.
The Bills then permanently banned Hopkins from Ralph Wilson
Stadium. The fall also apparently cost him his job at a public
relations firm. With the video widely circulating online two days
after the fall, his former employer issued a statement saying
Hopkins no longer worked there.
Hopkins is due back in court on Jan. 28.