Rams, Staffords will cover photographer’s hospital bills and replace her cameras

Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl LVI Victory Parade & Rally
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The Rams and the Staffords announced they will cover the hospital bills and replace the damaged cameras of the photographer who fell during Wednesday’s Super Bowl LVI rally in Los Angeles.

“We have been in communication with Kelly Smiley since yesterday’s incident and we are sorry for what happened,” the statement reads. “As we told Kelly, we will be covering all her hospital bills and replacing her cameras. We wish her a speedy recovery.”

A GoFundMe page set up for Smiley already has raised $42,000 to help Smiley, who fell off the stage and fractured her spine.

The video of her fall went viral because of the reactions of Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, who turned his back, unaware Smiley was hurt, and Stafford’s wife, Kelly, who rushed over to check on Smiley.

29 responses to “Rams, Staffords will cover photographer’s hospital bills and replace her cameras

  1. That video isn’t a good look for Stafford. He seems to just stroll off, taking a drink from a bottle, after this young woman taking his picture falls over backwards about 8 feet. Makes me wonder if maybe there’s a reason Ndamakong Suh doesn’t like him . . .

  2. It’s hard to laugh at the situation after reading her spine was fractured. Get well soon!

  3. Nice of him to cover the bills , but it’s not his fault she fell. He didn’t push her. She backed up on her own. Surely there were people there more equipped to address the situation that Matt.

  4. Ouch. At least she got emergency care quickly. I’m sure the ambulance had no problem getting through the dozens of attendees to reach her.

  5. He’s a Quarterback , not a EMT! If he jumps down, touches her, he opens himself for a greedy lawyer to pay him a visit!

  6. So Stafford wanted to get out of Detroit to show what he is all about. Won a Super Bowl and lost a character test. Couldn’t get out of his own way and harmed his reputation within a week.

  7. It wasn’t that M Stafford turned his back and was unaware she was hurt… it was that he was aware that she fell off a very tall stage and didn’t have any concern for the outcome of her fall.

  8. The closer you look at the Staffords, the more blotches (on their character) you see.

  9. “The video of her fall went viral because of the reactions of Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, who turned his back, unaware Smiley was hurt”

    Unless Stafford suddenly lost his sight, don’t see how he could be “unaware that Smiley was hurt.” She fell 8 feet. How could he think she was ok. And even if she’d only skinned her knee, he shouldn’t have just turned & walked away. Didn’t he see his wife’s reaction?

    Really bad look. Can’t imagine too many persons who would have reacted the same way.

  10. Covering the hospital bills isn’t all that big a gesture. After insurances and all it’s probably four figures from a guy who makes eight figures annually.

  11. Stafford’s reaction is definitely telling. You can give him some benefit of the doubt that he was drinking and that in the end, they did the right thing to help. However, I think his first instinct wasn’t to care for another human, it was self-preservation. His instinct was definitely to avoid association with the incident and any liability. That’s pretty sad.

  12. godkingskovald says:
    February 17, 2022 at 5:44 pm
    Josh Allen would have dove off that stage and caught her.

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    Even as a Patriots fan I have absolutely no doubt that is true. He’s a good dude.

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