Photographer injured in fall during Rams celebration

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A photographer was injured while she fell off the stage during the Rams’ Super Bowl LVI victory celebration on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Photographer Kelly Smiley confirmed it was her in the video of the incident, which immediately went viral because of the reactions of Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, who turned away not seeming to realize Smiley had been hurt, and Stafford’s wife Kelly Stafford, who looked shocked and concerned for Smiley’s safety.

“Unfortunately I fractured my spine,” Smiley wrote on Twitter.

Smiley has said she will have medical bills and that she broke both her cameras in the fall as well.

23 responses to “Photographer injured in fall during Rams celebration

  1. Stafford comes away looking like a complete jerk for turning and walking away right after she fell. Nice guy!

  2. Stafford make an “Ohhhh” face right after she fell…then immediately turns and casually walks away not wanting any part of seeing if she was okay. Uncool.

  3. What a classless reaction by Stafford. Zero respect for the dude after watching that video.

  4. Damn, Stafford bailed like he was the one who pushed her off. Hope she’s ok, that looked rough.

  5. At least Kelly Stafford was concerned enough to try and help the lady. Matthew Stafford saw it happen and immediately turned and walked away. Not a good look at all…if you see the video, it’s obvious that he wanted no part of helping her. I didn’t think that he was like that.

  6. So I know everyone wants to jump on Stafford and this has nothing to do with that and I’ve only seen the video of the fall but the 1st question I had was she supposed to be up there? I think we’ve all been to concerts or festivals where people are climbing up and climbing on stuff their not supposed to just to be able to take a pic…Again to reiterate this has nothing to do with Staffords reaction just a question for more info

  7. Sunday Swami says:
    February 17, 2022 at 11:15 am
    So I know everyone wants to jump on Stafford and this has nothing to do with that and I’ve only seen the video of the fall but the 1st question I had was she supposed to be up there? I think we’ve all been to concerts or festivals where people are climbing up and climbing on stuff their not supposed to just to be able to take a pic…Again to reiterate this has nothing to do with Staffords reaction just a question for more info
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    Even though she appears to be using a phone to take pictures in the video, she is a professional photographer. In fact, her website says she’s a fulltime photo editor for the NFL, photo editor for the LA Kings and works as a freelance photographer. So she’s not just some fan that climbed onto the stage.

  8. She was given a phone by Stafford’s wife and asked if she could take a picture of them. She backed up and accidentally fell off the stage. Stafford’s reaction was classless.

  9. We don’t know what happened for sure. We can’t see the entire view of what happened. Did Stafford walk away because people immediately rushed to her on the ground? Maybe he didn’t want to add more attention to it? We don’t know. No, it doesn’t look good but its purely speculation on our part.

  10. Sunday Swami says:
    February 17, 2022 at 11:15 am
    So I know everyone wants to jump on Stafford and this has nothing to do with that and I’ve only seen the video of the fall but the 1st question I had was she supposed to be up there? I think we’ve all been to concerts or festivals where people are climbing up and climbing on stuff their not supposed to just to be able to take a pic…Again to reiterate this has nothing to do with Staffords reaction just a question for more info

    The photographer was there in a professional capacity to take pictures of the team at the parade. And if you watch the longer video clip, Kelly Stafford was actually the one to hand the photographer a personal phone to take a picture of the Staffords. The photographer was backing up to take a personal photo for Kelly when she fell.

  11. mrbigchest says:
    February 17, 2022 at 10:18 am

    If people get mad at Stafford over this I can safely say the world is broken
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    None of us knows what was going through Stafford’s head at the moment (probably drunk) but you have to admit it’s a really bad look. How do you watch someone taking your picture fall off a stage and not show any interest at all in her welfare?

  12. She fell off an 8 foot platform, backwards. If your natural reaction to that is to mouth omg then quickly turn away. It’s clear Stafford didn’t know she was hurt, because he never even bothered to check.

  13. If people get mad at Stafford over this I can safely say the world is broken

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    No, the people defending Stafford are the broken ones. To casually turn away from someone who just injured themselves shows a complete lack of empathy toward other people. Its a crap way to act.

    No one is saying he had to physically help her. His wife showed the proper response.

  14. I don’t know why people are saying “we don’t know what happened”. The video speaks for itself. Stafford saw a lady fall off of a stage, said “oh my God” and immediately walked away. That’s something that a heartless jerk would do. Lost my respect for him, and I don’t care if he was drunk. No excuse. His wife is the better person.

  15. I agree with the lack of empathy. Maybe he thought it was funny and didn’t want people to see him laughing, so he walked off. Must be dead inside.

  16. I’m inclined to think this isn’t the first time he’s reacted poorly. I have great empathy for his wife. It wouldn’t be easy to be married to a prima donna that has no feelings.

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