Moment Rams QB Matthew Stafford turns away from photographer who fell during rally

Moment Rams QB Matthew Stafford turns away from photographer who fell during rally

Rams moment QB Matthew Stafford turns his back on a photographer who “broke his spine” after falling off stage at a Super Bowl rally while trying to photograph him and wife Kelly.

  • A photographer filming the Rams’ Super Bowl celebration in Los Angeles on Wednesday says she broke her spine after falling off the team’s stage.
  • Photographer Kelly Smiley was filming Matthew Stafford, QB Rams, who was with his wife Kelly when Smiley accidentally left the stage backwards.
  • Although his wife was focused on Smiley below, Stafford said “Oh my God” and turned around before stepping back in the opposite direction.
  • At first, Smiley said she only broke some equipment, but later tweeted that she had broken her spine. A friend has since set up a GoFundMe page for her.
  • As of Thursday morning, the page has raised $3,500 from its $30,000 goal.

A photographer filming Wednesday’s Rams Super Bowl celebration in Los Angeles says she broke her spine when she fell off the stage in front of quarterback Matthew Stafford, who left without offering to help her.

Kelly Smiley, who was filming the event, was seen on video accidentally walking backwards off the stage outside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where a post-parade rally was being held on Wednesday afternoon. Although she fell off-screen, a group of concerned onlookers, including Stafford’s wife, Kelly, rushed to Smiley’s attention.

Stafford himself was not one of them.

Apparently out of heroism after leading the Rams in a 79-yard winning run against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Stafford said, “Oh my God,” and immediately spun around as Smiley collapsed to the ground. He then stepped back in the opposite direction while his wife looked down at the fallen Smiley below.

Kelly Smiley, who filmed the event, was seen on video accidentally walking backwards off the stage outside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum where the post-parade rally was being held.  Quarterback Matthew Stafford is shown in black on the left side of the frame.

Kelly Smiley, who filmed the event, was seen on video accidentally walking backwards off the stage outside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum where the post-parade rally was being held. Quarterback Matthew Stafford is shown in black on the left side of the frame.

Although she fell off the screen, a group of worried onlookers, including Stafford's wife, Kelly (right, in blue), rushed to Smiley's attention.

Although she fell off the screen, a group of worried onlookers, including Stafford’s wife, Kelly (right, in blue), rushed to Smiley’s attention.

Apparently out of heroism after leading the Rams in a 79-yard winning run against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Stafford said,

Apparently out of heroism after leading the Rams in a 79-yard winning run against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Stafford said, “Oh my God,” and immediately spun around as Smiley collapsed to the ground. He then stepped back in the opposite direction while his wife looked down at the fallen Smiley below.

Kelly Smiley (pictured), a photographer who filmed the Rams Super Bowl celebration in Los Angeles on Wednesday, says she suffered a spinal fracture when she fell off the team stage in front of quarterback Matthew Stafford, who left instead of offering her any help . Later on Instagram, Smiley showed off the corset she was given at the hospital, writing that she

Kelly Smiley (left, right), a photographer filming the Rams’ Super Bowl celebration in Los Angeles on Wednesday, says she broke her spine after falling off the stage in front of quarterback Matthew Stafford, who left without offering to help her. Later on Instagram, Smiley showed off the corset she was given at the hospital, writing that she “feels good” but “stayed overnight at the tram center.”

At first, Smiley said that only her equipment was broken.

“This is me,” wrote Smiley, whose biography says she works as a photo editor in the NFL, NBA and NHL. “I’m waiting in the emergency room for the results of the X-ray. Both my cameras are broken, but I’m fine.”

Her subsequent reports were less encouraging.

“Unfortunately, I broke my spine,” she wrote in her next tweet.

Later on Instagram, Smiley showed off the corset she was given at the hospital, writing that she “feels good” but “stayed overnight in the center of the tram.”

Since then, Smiley’s friend has started a GoFundMe page to help pay for medical expenses and replace broken equipment.

“The funds raised by this gofundme will help cover Kelly’s growing medical expenses, as well as replace camera equipment that was severely damaged due to her fall,” wrote a friend named Tim Kotlow. “Because Kelly is a photographer, she needs this equipment to continue working after she has fully recovered.

“Kelly is loved by everyone who knows her and is respected in the photography community,” Kotlow continued. “Please consider donating to this gofundme to help Kelly hit the ground running after she recovers.”

As of Thursday morning, the page has raised $3,500 from its $30,000 goal.

Smiley's friend started a GoFundMe page to help pay for medical expenses and replace her broken equipment.  As of Thursday morning, the page has raised $3,500 from its $30,000 goal.

Smiley’s friend started a GoFundMe page to help pay for medical expenses and replace her broken equipment. As of Thursday morning, the page has raised $3,500 from its $30,000 goal.

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