Buffalo fan’s fall from upper deck caught on video

November 18, 2013

(Harry Scull Jr. / AP)

The two men who were injured during the New York Jets-Buffalo Bills game Sunday have been released from a Buffalo hospital.

One man, shown on video footage that has gone viral, was sliding down a railing alongside an upper deck at Ralph Wilson Stadium when he slipped off and fell onto a group of people on the next lower deck, injuring one person. BuffaloNews.com reported that one man had a shoulder injury and the other a head injury. Both were out of the hospital by Sunday night.

On Monday, the Bills announced that the fan who fell has earned a lifetime ban from games.

“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,” Bills President and chief executive officer Russ Brandon said in a statement issued by the team.

“This individual will not be permitted back into Ralph Wilson Stadium. The vast majority of our fans who attend Bills home games at Ralph Wilson Stadium do so in a responsible manner and we continue to work diligently to eliminate those individuals who violate our Fan Code of Conduct from game days at our stadium. We are cooperating with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office during their investigation of this incident and we want to extend our best wishes for a speedy recovery to the fan who was injured in the 200 level.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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