Rams, Matthew Stafford to cover photographer’s bills after fall during Super Bowl celebration – USA TODAY

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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford said he and the team would pay for a photographer’s medical bills and replace her camera equipment after she fell off a stage during a celebration for their Super Bowl 56 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. 

During Wednesday’s event, the photographer, Kelly Smiley, was seen stepping back on the stage and fell off. Stafford and his wife, Kelly, were directly in front of Smiley. 

Smiley said on social media that she fractured her spine as a result of the fall, which also damaged her camera.

Kelly Stafford went to the photographer’s aid, while Matthew Stafford walked away from the stage. 

“We have been in communication with Kelly Smiley since yesterday’s incident and we are sorry for what happened,” the Rams and Stafford said in a joint statement. “As we told Kelly, we will be covering all her hospital bills and replacing her cameras. We wish her a speedy recovery.”

A GoFundMe account set up on Smiley’s behalf has over $40,000 in donations.