Hopkins did not speak with reporters following his arraignment, but his lawyer, Jeff Bochiechio, said that the incident "was an accident," and that Hopkins had apologized to the fan he landed on.
Hopkins was seen sliding down a 300-level railing at Ralph Wilson Stadium and then toppling backward and falling about 30 feet into the 200 section. He landed on another fan. Hopkins has sent an apology e-mail to the other man, saying of his actions “I assure you this is out of character for me.”
According to a Rural Metro ambulance service report, the man who was hit by the falling man sustained a head injury. Hopkins sustained a shoulder injury