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

reckless endangerment.

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.