The sports world endured another tragic death of a fan on Monday night when Conyers, Georgia, native Ronald Homer fell over 60 feet to his death from the upper-level platform at Turner Field. He is the second man to fall and die at the home of the Atlanta Braves in the past five years.
The autopsy hasn’t been completed yet, so it’s unknown at this point whether alcohol was a factor. It was raining in Atlanta and the start of the game had been delayed, so many are wondering if the wet conditions were part of the cause. However, when looking at fans standing at the spot where Homer fell, there’s a four-foot iron fence there that comes up past the waste of most adult fans standing by.
So we could sit here and rant and rave about how stadium safety needs to be a concern of MLB — which may be the case in many of these tragic instances — but unless this guy was eight feet tall, he didn’t just stumble over this railing, even if he was intoxicated. At this point, police don’t know if there was any foul play involved, but the case of Homer’s death is likely far from being solved.
The most important factor here is this man is no longer with us and his family is going through a time so hard that it can’t be described with words. The thoughts and prayers of the Rant Sports family go out to those close to Homer. He was 29 years old.