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.

54 responses to “Fan who fell at Bills game loses his job

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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……

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

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    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.

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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…

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

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

  19. 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!

  20. 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…

  21. “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.”

  22. 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.

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

  24. 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.

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

  26. “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.)

  27. 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

  28. 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.

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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.

  32. “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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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
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    ok, come on, let’s hear the story behind this….

  35. 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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