LA Rams quarterback slammed for turning back on photog who takes harrowing fall

Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford is coming under fire after he was filmed turning his back on a woman who fractured her spine after falling off a stage.

Kelly Smiley, a photo editor for the NFL and L.A. Kings, was seen attempting to photograph Stafford and his wife, Kelly Stafford during the Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl LVI parade on Wednesday. A person behind her was filming and caught Smiley taking a step backward off of the stage where the group was standing.

Immediately after falling, Stafford and his wife were seen reacting, but while Kelly Stafford rushed forward to check on the woman, her football-playing hubby turned around and walked off.


While Smiley survived the fall, it’s hard to argue that she is okay. Not only did she suffer a spine fracture, but two cameras broke as well. A friend has set up a GoFundMe account to help her get back on her feet after the devastating event.

Twitter battled it out over Stafford’s reaction. Some said what he did was justified, as he was intoxicated from drinking throughout the evening, and his hulking presence over the woman may have hindered medical professionals trying to attend to her injuries. Others argued that showing a little bit of concern would have gone a long way, instead of rushing away from the scene.

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One user even contrasted his actions with those of Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts, who helped a fan to his feet after a railing collapsed, causing several people to fall from some bleachers. He was celebrated by the group, none of whom were seriously injured in the incident.


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