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Fan who fell at Bills game loses his job

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The dude who lost his balance and fell from the upper deck of Ralph Wilson stadium has now lost something else:  His job.

According to WKBW.com, Rob Hopkins has been fired by advertising firm Eric Mower and Associates, two days after his obviously reckless attempt to slide down the railing.

“EMA is very concerned about Sunday’s incident at the Buffalo Bills’ game and we are relieved that the injured were released from the hospital,” the company said in a release.  “Rob Hopkins is no longer employed by EMA.”

While Hopkins may find a new job, he’ll never find his way back into the place where the Bills play.

“The irresponsible behavior that occurred at yesterday’s game by the fan who fell from the upper deck is a violation of our Fan Code of Conduct and cannot, and will not, be tolerated,” the Bills said in a statement.  “This individual will not be permitted back into Ralph Wilson Stadium.”

It’s the right outcome.  It’s one thing for someone to put their own well-being at risk.  Hopkins put others at risk, by actually falling on them.

While Hopkins losing his job seems a little harsh, we can understand why a company that specializes in shaping public perceptions would be a little concerned about its own after an incident like this.

Of course, if this had happened 60 years ago Roger Sterling would have simply given Hopkins a bottle of Scotch and a stern talking to.

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54 Responses to “Fan who fell at Bills game loses his job”
  1. sportnorcal says: Nov 19, 2013 2:57 PM

    I’m always curious when a fan is banned from a venue for life – how do they know? Is there a ‘watch-list’ at every gate for ticket takers to scan?

  2. jhaegs says: Nov 19, 2013 2:57 PM

    “I smoked weed with Robbie Hopkins.”

  3. chunkderrrty says: Nov 19, 2013 2:59 PM

    Oh how the mighty have fallen.

  4. t8ertot says: Nov 19, 2013 2:59 PM

    Good to know some employers hold people accountable for being idiots

  5. touchdownroddywhite says: Nov 19, 2013 3:00 PM

    I think you mean a bottle of scotch, a stern talking to, and a hot new secretary to tend to his wounds…

  6. ravenswhat says: Nov 19, 2013 3:00 PM

    Is this Iran or Buffalo, I’m confused.

  7. billsboy88 says: Nov 19, 2013 3:00 PM

    Sure was a great idea, huh?! You flaming idiot!

  8. marvsleezy says: Nov 19, 2013 3:00 PM

    This may have something to do with the fact that he probably told his employer that he’d be missing a month of work after shoulder surgery.

  9. flmike says: Nov 19, 2013 3:01 PM

    Hmm, is NY a right to work state, if not, his ex-employer is looking at a wrongful termination suit…

  10. steelcityjoker says: Nov 19, 2013 3:01 PM

    I am curious of two things. One….is it LEGAL to fire him over an incident that didn’t have ANYTHING to do with where he worked?

    Two….How is the NFL exactly planning on banning him? Not like they check IDs at te gate….and anyone can buy a ticket off craigslist or rom a scalper……

  11. flmike says: Nov 19, 2013 3:02 PM

    And “Cause” is not simply acting embarrassingly or embarrassing your employer…

  12. ballboy48 says: Nov 19, 2013 3:02 PM

    The Ralph is getting way out of control. We won’t go to games their anymore, because for some reason many fans all the sudden get beer muscles, and want to start with other fans. We went to a game two years ago, and two Bills fans were punching each other, over…GAME STATS. The place is a dump, and the experience isn’t what it was, like back in the 1990′s.

  13. eatitfanboy says: Nov 19, 2013 3:02 PM

    The only way anyone in the world outside his close circle of friends and coworkers knew he worked there is because they announced his firing. Now everyone in the world knows that they hire knuckleheads who are capable of getting drunk and putting other peoples’ lives at risk.

  14. fordmandalay says: Nov 19, 2013 3:03 PM

    Nothing good ever comes of being a drunken idiot in public. Keep it private where it belongs.

  15. slizzyslizz says: Nov 19, 2013 3:04 PM

    That escalated quickly…

  16. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 19, 2013 3:04 PM

    Jerome Simpson is outraged.

  17. thewizardofbs says: Nov 19, 2013 3:05 PM

    I guess EMA will not be replacing him with Richie Incognito

  18. richiebburg says: Nov 19, 2013 3:05 PM

    Another fine example on how athletes live above the law. What this guy did wasn’t ok by any stretch of the imagination but just last week two NFL players were taken in for late night blunt rides and are any of them losing their jobs?

  19. jayhawk6 says: Nov 19, 2013 3:09 PM

    @flmike–Right on. unless that fool was wearing an EMA sweatshirt or other clothes tying him to his employer, his termination seems overboard.

  20. FinFan68 says: Nov 19, 2013 3:09 PM

    He should also lose his freedom for a while

  21. scoops1 says: Nov 19, 2013 3:13 PM

    maybe his job is firing him because those tickets were the company’s and he disgraced his employer by acting like a db

  22. cletusvandam says: Nov 19, 2013 3:19 PM

    Wait until he gets hit with the lawsuit from the guy he fell on.

  23. harvestern says: Nov 19, 2013 3:22 PM

    NY is an at-will state so they don’t need a reason to fire him. To the people saying the Ralph has changed, don’t be naive. If you recall a guy climbed the goal post wire 60 feet over the crowd on MNF 40 years ago. The stadium is exactly like any place where 70k people gather and drink same as it was in 1973.

  24. mackcarrington says: Nov 19, 2013 3:22 PM

    Not that it’s foolproof, but the Bills could post his photo at the turnstiles for the ticket taker to have. After looking at it for a period of time it wouldn’t be difficult to recognize him if he turned up.

  25. Kolo Jezdec says: Nov 19, 2013 3:24 PM

    steelcityjoker says:
    I am curious of two things. One….is it LEGAL to fire him over an incident that didn’t have ANYTHING to do with where he worked?

    ____________________________

    Most employment is “at will’” meaning the job can be terminated by either party at will. Unless you have a contract that says otherwise, your employer can terminate your employment tomorrow, just as you can quit at any time. No reason is needed. Of course, you cannot be fired on the basis of race, sex, religion, etc.

  26. rg3enoughsaid says: Nov 19, 2013 3:26 PM

    Answer: When you are banned, you can attend as many games.after as you wish. However, if you give county/state police a reason to run your name at a future event, you are detained for trespassing.
    -Banned from FED EX Field

  27. schmitty2 says: Nov 19, 2013 3:26 PM

    ballboy48 says:Nov 19, 2013 3:02 PM

    The Ralph is getting way out of control. We won’t go to games their anymore, because for some reason many fans all the sudden get beer muscles, and want to start with other fans. We went to a game two years ago, and two Bills fans were punching each other, over…GAME STATS. The place is a dump, and the experience isn’t what it was, like back in the 1990′s.

    Ummm… Im pretty sure that happens at every stadium

  28. rcali says: Nov 19, 2013 3:26 PM

    Too bad he’s not a Felon because the NFL would welcome him into their company with open arms.

  29. jaysfan64 says: Nov 19, 2013 3:27 PM

    If there’s a morals clause in his employment contract, sure it’s legal..
    Glad to see this – maybe it will make some if these idiots think twice about their behavior at public events..accountability is always a good thing, since there seems to be less of it these days…

  30. anchorbarred says: Nov 19, 2013 3:29 PM

    ballboy48 says:
    The Ralph is getting way out of control. We won’t go to games their anymore.
    ——-
    If you haven’t been there this year, then you really can’t comment accurately on how it is. There is more of a police and security presence in the place than there has ever been and there is far less fighting and drunken stupidity going.

    Don’t cast aspersions on the place because the Ralph is way better than it was when HBO RealSports did that story on drinking at NFL games.

  31. TheDPR says: Nov 19, 2013 3:34 PM

    Watch this guy sue everyone involved claiming the railing was far too low and the beer sales far too liberal to safely protect the paying customer from himself.

  32. skittlesareyum says: Nov 19, 2013 3:34 PM

    flmike says:
    Nov 19, 2013 3:02 PM
    And “Cause” is not simply acting embarrassingly or embarrassing your employer…

    —————-

    Google “at-will employment”. Cause is not required.

  33. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Nov 19, 2013 3:35 PM

    First I think this DB deserves everything he’s got so far for putting other people’s lives at risk, but was he an official rep for EMA at the game or something? How can they legally fire him for being a nittwitt off company time???

    Second for all you people wondering how they are going to enforce the ban haven’t you heard we are living in a Orwellian state? Just have NFL execs tap into the NSA facial recognition grid… Done!

  34. billsboy88 says: Nov 19, 2013 3:36 PM

    Were they company seats that he was in? If so, then EMA has every right to terminate him, because he was representing the company by being in them. Otherwise I’m not real sure how they could do that…

  35. deltaoracle says: Nov 19, 2013 3:40 PM

    “Our company’s business is making you think things are much better than they really are, so we thought this might make you think that we’re not ‘Madmen’ or anything like that. Also, please don’t include us in your lawsuits.”

  36. trollsetter says: Nov 19, 2013 3:41 PM

    Now that he’s unemployed he could probably get a job as the Packers starting QB.

  37. goodknave says: Nov 19, 2013 3:42 PM

    In his picture on another website, he’s looks like he’s wearing a Nick Swisher-endorsed, “I’m a complete idiot…bro” costume.

    He could’ve killed someone by falling on them.

  38. joewilliesshnoz says: Nov 19, 2013 3:44 PM

    I think I got banned from Sundevil stadium, but I was too drunk to remember.

  39. unclebluck says: Nov 19, 2013 3:45 PM

    The guys employer was definitely looking to promote his company….he could have fired him without an announcement at all….

  40. godofwine330 says: Nov 19, 2013 3:57 PM

    Was it reckless? Yes, but at some point it becomes piling on. It was a stupid thing, and no one was seriously injured. I hate the “PR Move” area of our society we have now gone. I don’t agree. Any of us are one silly, irresponsible action, one spoken or written true honest opinion from losing our jobs in this society all so some company can come out and say, “We at Spacely Sprockets do not endorse such behavior, and we will not tolerate such lapses in judgment from our employees and there will be absolutely no forgiveness.”

    So many of us say, “Yeah!” until it is us that has a lapse in judgment. We have transformed into a zero tolerance, zero forgiveness people in the land of glass houses.

  41. broncobrewer says: Nov 19, 2013 4:11 PM

    He’s going after the stadium, railing, Bills and his boss for bullying. He’ll have texts to prove it too.

  42. hobbstweedle says: Nov 19, 2013 4:28 PM

    “Of course, if this had happened 60 years ago Roger Sterling would have simply given Hopkins a bottle of Scotch and a stern talking to.”

    Very nice. (Finally.)

  43. bigcalidawg says: Nov 19, 2013 4:36 PM

    He should not be penalized at all. He was clearly uncatchable…..

  44. reeggss says: Nov 19, 2013 4:54 PM

    To everyone that said he would not be recognized if he went back:
    He may not but as mentioned earlier if he gets caught he is out money for ticket, parking, etc AND will be detained for trespassing, if you are dumb enough to risk arrest over going back then you probably won’t get what I am saying anyway

  45. scrp2 says: Nov 19, 2013 4:56 PM

    What’s next? Fans will be required to wear shirts during blizzards?

  46. socalavsfan says: Nov 19, 2013 5:36 PM

    As someone mentioned when you are “Banned” from a stadium it doesn’t prevent you from attending future games and events. However should your ID be checked at any point or a card swiped with your name on it you will be arrested for trespassing with a night in jail and a hefty fine. For those curious, running onto a baseball field will get you a 2000$ fine, a night in jail, and a 2 year stadium ban.

  47. hpeters77 says: Nov 19, 2013 6:00 PM

    banning a person from stadium is an insurance thing, in case a person comes to a stadium and hurts themselves after being banned the stadium is not liable for any damages. assumption of risk

  48. qckappa says: Nov 19, 2013 6:32 PM

    Good, serves this idiot right. Thank God, the other guy didn’t get seriously hurt.

  49. bluntsmokinskinsfan says: Nov 19, 2013 7:00 PM

    He shouldn’t be fired for something he didn’t do at work. End of story. He can also get in another game no problem. He will be fine. He’s just dumb

  50. akronorange says: Nov 19, 2013 7:32 PM

    Let me take devils advocate. Have you ever done anything stupid, driven when you shouldn’t, done something that put others at risk without thinking of the consequences? I have. Should we lose our livelihood when we make a mistake? Does it really affect our ability to do our job. If we make a mistake, are sorry for our actions, and admit our fault, and accept any legal consequences; shouldn’t that be enough? Do we all really want to be monitored so closely that the public and the media control the outcome of a situation?

    Mr. Hopkins made a mistake, if he doesn’t have a history of this behavior, he should have a chance to be forgiven. I think all of us deserve a second chance.

  51. db3300 says: Nov 19, 2013 7:33 PM

    “Hmm, is NY a right to work state, if not, his ex-employer is looking at a wrongful termination suit…”

    ——————–

    As someone who has worked in HR, it does not mean what you think it means. It damn sure doesn’t mean that you can do any stupid thing you want. It simply means that you’re allowed to work without being required to be in a union. The other side of it says that an employer can fire you for any reason that doesn’t violate federal or state law – like being an idiot while wearing a company sweatshirt.

  52. fdugrad says: Nov 19, 2013 7:50 PM

    Meanwhile, NFL players commit any number of missteps and blithely go on their merry ways. There is the fantasy life of the pro athlete vs the REAL world. Perhaps their lives in the womb of The NFL is the reason so many of the boys can’t cut it in the real world when they leave the protective inner sanctum.

  53. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Nov 19, 2013 10:36 PM

    rg3enoughsaid says:
    Nov 19, 2013 3:26 PM

    Answer: When you are banned, you can attend as many games.after as you wish. However, if you give county/state police a reason to run your name at a future event, you are detained for trespassing.
    -Banned from FED EX Field
    __________________________

    ok, come on, let’s hear the story behind this….

  54. jpaq68 says: Nov 20, 2013 8:42 AM

    The Day when getting so drunk that you do something totally asinine becomes grounds for being banned from The Ralph is the day when the Bills play before an empty stadium.

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