The Los Angeles Rams’ Super Bowl parade was going pretty smoothly for the most part, that is until photographer Kelly Smiley fell off a stage and ended up with a fractured spine. Matthew Stafford’s reaction to Kelly Smiley falling, or lack thereof, immediately went viral.
Stafford eventually addressed the fall, and his controversial reaction, basically saying he didn’t know what was going on.
“I wish I had a better reaction in the moment. I didn’t,” he said. “I apologize to her for that. All in all, I’m glad she’s doing alright. One of those things that [you] try and train your actions to be a little bit better next time.”
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Now we’re hearing more about the controversial incident from Stafford’s wife, Kelly, who appeared on WFAN’s Carton & Roberts to discuss this past season for the Rams.
Kelly ended up talking about the incident from the Rams’ championship parade.
“We didn’t know any of that until way past it. I know Matthew wishes he could take that reaction back, but if he tried to help…if anyone saw or heard hum that day, he probably wasn’t in the right state of mind to do anything, and could’ve made it worse,” Stafford said, via Audacy. “It wasn’t the best reaction, but when we got in the car after, he asked me to text the Rams people and make sure she was okay, and the next day was when we tried to figure out a solution.”
The Rams and the Staffords ended up covering the photographer’s medical bills but the real drama was just beginning. Old racist tweets of Kelly Smiley‘s were quickly uncovered, which caused a flurry of nasty tweets directed at her.
Kelly spoke about Smiley’s racists twitter past:
“Part of me feels her whole life was thrown in the washer in a way, and I hate it for everybody involved,” Kelly said, “but I’ll be totally honest: after I heard about the things said by her 10 years ago, part of me wanted to reach out and say I was sorry this is happening, and I hope you’re not the same person now that you were then – and if you are, hopefully this changes you. Everyone makes mistakes, and I wanted to show compassion.”
Life can come at you fast, always think twice before you decide to hit the Tweet button. .
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