An NFL photographer was caught on camera falling several feet to the ground. Kelly Smiley said Wednesday she suffered a fractured spine following her fall from a stage during the Los Angeles Rams’ Super Bowl celebration. Smily is seen taking pictures at the event which was thrown to celebrate the Rams’ historic 23-20 win over Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
Smiley, an award-winning photographer, who is a photo editor with the NFL and for the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, gave an update on her health on social media.
“That’s me. Waiting at the ER for X-ray results. Both my cameras broke but I’m ok,” she initially wrote.
Hours later, she tweeted ‘Unfortunately I fractured my spine’ in response to the video which has since gone viral of her falling from the stage.
Cameras caught the heart-stopping moment she fell around six feet from the stage just yards from Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford. A stunned Stafford appears to mouth ‘Oh my God’ to wife Kelly, who gasped before stepping forward to help.
However, some are slamming him for his response, with Stafford seemingly turning away immediately from the incident.
Stafford was seen smoking cigars and drinking beer and liquor as the parade marched on.
He helped the team win the NFC West, he led the team to an NFC Championship and picked up his first Super Bowl ring on Sunday night after Los Angeles defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20. Stafford was 26-for-40 with 283 passing yards, three touchdown passes and two interceptions.