NFL star quarterback Matthew Stafford is being slammed on social media for his response to seeing a photographer fall off a excessive stage through the Los Angeles Rams’ Tremendous Bowl victory parade and rally. The lady broke her again and her digital camera gear.
Stafford and his spouse at the moment are saying they may cowl the lady’s medical and equipment.
A Fractured Backbone and Damaged Cameras
The Rams held their victory parade and rally in Los Angeles on Wednesday after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in Tremendous Bowl LVI on Sunday. Through the festivities, a video stream caught a photographer taking pictures a smartphone photograph of Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford. As she backs up for a wider view, she by accident slips and falls backward from the platform that was about 10 ft above the bottom.
In a video clip circulated on social media, Stafford seems to see the lady’s fall, mouth “Oh my God” to his shocked spouse, Kelly, after which flip round and stroll away whereas taking a swig from a water bottle.
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A horrified Kelly is seen strolling to the sting of the stage to test on the situation of the photographer.
The lady who fell was freelance photographer Kelly Smiley, who works as a photograph editor for the NFL, NBL, and NHL. In a since-deleted Tweet printed on Wednesday night time, Smiley said that she was okay however ready within the emergency room for X-Ray outcomes. She added that each of her cameras broke within the fall.
When the X-Ray got here again, Smiley discovered she had fractured her backbone.
“This morning (2/16/2022), whereas overlaying the Rams parade in Los Angeles, Kelly took a heavy fall off the stage whereas overlaying the occasion, and it landed her within the hospital with a fractured backbone,” Kothlow writes. “The funds raised by this GoFundMe will assist cowl Kelly’s rising medical bills in addition to change the digital camera gear that was severely broken resulting from her fall.
“Since Kelly is a working photographer, she wants this gear to assist preserve her working after totally recovering. Kelly is beloved by all who know her and is a well-respected particular person within the images group. Please think about donating to this GoFundMe to assist Kelly hit the bottom operating after she heals up.”
The crowdfunding marketing campaign has raised over $48,000 by over 1,200 donations on the time of this writing.
Stafford Attracts the Ire of Social Media
The footage shortly went viral on-line and draw widespread condemnation of Matthew’s response.
“It is a unhealthy look,” tweets sports activities podcaster Michelle Magdziuk. “[…] There’s 0 motive to not no less than look down and test on her and ensure somebody is getting assist. Who simply walks away like that after somebody falls off something, not to mention a excessive stage?
Some on social media have defended Stafford, saying that he was probably impaired by the alcohol he had been ingesting through the lengthy celebration.
“Being drunk shouldn’t be an excuse,” Magdziuk responds. “I change into nicer after I’m drunk and wish to assist folks extra… you don’t simply overlook find out how to be a human being.”
“I couldn’t be extra upset in him as a human being that his first response is solely to stroll away and never even provide assist,” tweets sports activities radio host Jason Smith. “What sort of individual does that?”
As criticism grew, the Rams and the Staffords launched a joint assertion on Thursday, apologizing for what occurred and stating that they might be overlaying Smiley’s medical and equipment alternative prices.
“Now we have been in communication with Kelly Smiley since yesterday’s incident and we’re sorry for what occurred,” the assertion reads. “As we advised Kelly, we might be overlaying all her hospital payments and changing her cameras. We want her a speedy restoration.”