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.
@AdamSchefter get on Matthew Stafford watching a photographer fall of the stage at the Rams parade and walk away 🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/LfjSJ3fzYy
— LoganTheHammer (@LoganTheHammer) February 16, 2022
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.
For everyone who wants to know. She fractured her spine in the fall and broke her equipment. Everyone saying she is ok is lying. https://t.co/zJhrcKQ1pT
— LoganTheHammer (@LoganTheHammer) February 17, 2022
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.
(** Language warning)
1) no shit
3) NO SHIT
Now that that’s settled, you have to admit this is a really strange reaction when someone falls to their potential demise directly in front of you. No “hey you ok?” No “hey is there a medic around?” Pretty much anything besides “get me outta here”
— Bradleyjakej (@bradleyjakej) February 17, 2022
drinking makes you loud and think you can dance. it doesn’t make you forget to be a decent human being
— Sandy Smith (@SandySmith1974) February 17, 2022
How about standing there and yelling “hey wait, stop. She fell. Call 911!”???
— KGrace (@KGrace77916538) February 17, 2022
Nothing you say will make his actions ok. You’re on the wrong side on this one.
— DCBama 🐘 (@DCBama10) February 17, 2022
I’m not a doctor or a nurse or an EMT but I sure as shit would have run to the edge of the stage to see if she was hurt. The criticism isn’t that he didn’t render care. It’s that he give a damn.
— Dave Smith (@Smitty8590Smith) February 17, 2022
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.
At Sunday’s Philadelphia Eagles game vs. the Washington Football team, a railing collapsed sending fans to the ground as Philly’s quarterback Jalen Hurts walked past. No one was seriously injured, said Washington team officials in a statement. pic.twitter.com/qBQSZyxJpe
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 3, 2022
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