By Sandra Rose  | 

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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is catching heat for appearing to show a lack of empathy for a photographer who fell off a stage while taking a photo of Stafford and his wife.

The incident happened during a victory rally at the L.A. Coliseum to celebrate the Rams winning the Super Bowl on Sunday.

NFL photographer Kelly Smiley backed up to take a photo of Stafford and his wife, Kelly, on stage when she fell backwards off the 8-foot platform.

The normal, human reaction would be to check on the injured person. However, Stafford turned his back and walked away while taking a sip from a water bottle.

Stafford's wife, Kelly, a former cheerleader who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2019, showed a more human response by walking over to the edge of the stage to check on Smiley.

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Smiley later took to social media to say she fractured her spine and was wearing a back brace. "Both my cameras broke but I'm ok," she wrote.

Social media users ripped the narcissistic quarterback for walking away after Smiley fell.

One Twitter user wrote: "[He] turned around like nothing happened and walked away like nothing happened. Wow."

Another user tweeted: "[T]here's more footage, he does not a single thing while his wife was near the edge of the stage looking concerned. This doesn't mean he's a villain but definitely not a good look either."

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Rams team officials took to social media to issue a statement on behalf of Matthew and Kelly Stafford, saying they would pay all of Smiley's hospital bills and purchase new camera equipment for the injured photographer.

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