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Rams’ Matthew Stafford demonstrates on response to NFL photographer tumble: ‘That definitely happened seriously quickly’


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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford expressed his regret on Tuesday with how he reacted to an NFL photographer slipping off the stage through the team’s Tremendous Bowl parade very last 7 days, declaring he wished he experienced a “better response.” 

Stafford, who took residence the Lombardi Trophy with the Rams this season right after 12 hoping yrs with the Detroit Lions, joined his wife, Kelly Stafford, on her podcast “The Early morning Soon after” to examine his viral reaction to Kelly Smiley’s slide off the stage, which remaining the photographer with a fractured backbone. 

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“We simply cannot not talk about what occurred,” Kelly Stafford explained on the podcast. “There was a photographer, who stepped off the again of the phase, had asked if we needed a photo, and I was like, ‘Yes,’ for the reason that on the lookout again at my camera roll, I have literally zero of Matthew and I.”

Matthew Stafford (left) and Andrew Whitworth (center) of the Los Angeles Rams celebrate during the Super Bowl LVI Victory Parade on Feb. 16, 2022, in Los Angeles, California.

Matthew Stafford (left) and Andrew Whitworth (centre) of the Los Angeles Rams rejoice in the course of the Super Bowl LVI Victory Parade on Feb. 16, 2022, in Los Angeles, California.
(Michael Owens/Getty Visuals)

“When she available, she stepped again and fell,” she ongoing. “It was an dreadful, awful moment. Matthew appeared at me and said, ‘Check her make sure you,’ and turned all over.”

Kelly Stafford reported she went straight more than to Smiley and originally “could see that she was Ok.”  

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“We adopted up with her, the minute we obtained in the car, Matthew really seemed at me and explained, ‘Hey, will you get in touch with the Rams, request how she’s carrying out?’ Did that, they’re like, ‘We imagine she’s going to be Ok.’ We sent her flowers. Up coming day we wake up, not Alright.”

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford during the Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl LVI Championship parade on Feb. 16, 2022, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. 

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford for the duration of the Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl LVI Championship parade on Feb. 16, 2022, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. 
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Kelly Stafford went on to say that the quarterback texted Smiley, but his reaction experienced previously gone viral at that level. 

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“That obviously took place actually swiftly and out of the blue and unexpectedly, and I want I had a improved response in the minute,” he claimed. “I did not apologize to her for that, but glad that all in all she’s carrying out alright. It’s one particular of people items that you try out and teach your reactions to be a minor bit superior upcoming time.” 

Matthew Stafford (left center) of the Los Angeles Rams celebrates on stage during the Super Bowl LVI Victory Parade on Feb. 16, 2022, in Los Angeles, California. 

Matthew Stafford (left centre) of the Los Angeles Rams celebrates on phase during the Tremendous Bowl LVI Victory Parade on Feb. 16, 2022, in Los Angeles, California. 
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Matthew Stafford and the Rams declared they will shell out the health care fees for Smiley and exchange her broken cameras following falling off the phase, which appeared to be about 6 ft off the ground.

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