Matthew Stafford Seems To Stroll Away From Photographer Who Falls, Breaks Backbone

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford appeared to show his again on a photographer who was severely harm falling off the stage on the crew’s Tremendous Bowl victory occasion on Wednesday. (Watch the video beneath.)

The girl, recognized as sports activities photographer Kelly Smiley, stated on Twitter that she fractured her backbone. A GoFundMe web page was set as much as assist together with her recuperation.

In video quickly making the rounds, Stafford is seen on stage on the LA Memorial Coliseum because the photographer plummets beneath. “Oh my,” Stafford seems to say earlier than turning, taking a swig of water and strolling away.

His shocked spouse, Kelly, in the meantime, turns her consideration to the fallen photographer. The clip then cuts away. It’s unclear whether or not Stafford returned.

Stafford swigged tequila in the course of the parade and even took a ribbing from final yr’s Tremendous Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady, who was mocked for getting so drunk on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers victory boat parade that he required help to stroll.

“Combine in a water Matt…belief me,” Brady wrote on Twitter.

The onstage accident put a damper on the revelry. Bleacher Report wrote that Smiley was taking images of Stafford when she fell a number of toes to the bottom. Smiley’s web site says she is a photograph editor for the NFL.

Some observerscriticizedStafford for his obvious indifference. Discuss radio character Laura Steele known as it a “dangerous look” for the quarterback.

The Rams apologized for the incident in a press release despatched to HuffPost on Thursday.

“We’ve been in communication with Kelly Smiley since yesterday’s incident and we’re sorry for what occurred,” stated the assertion, which was additionally despatched on behalf of Matthew and Kelly Stafford. “As we informed Kelly, we will probably be overlaying all her hospital payments and changing her cameras. We want her a speedy restoration.”

The Rams have been celebrating their first Tremendous Bowl championship in Los Angeles after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals.

This text initially appeared on HuffPost and has been up to date.