Detroit Lions QB Matt Stafford’s Wife, Kelly, Apologizes After Michigan ‘Dictatorship’ Comments

by Jennifer Shea

Kelly Stafford, who is married to Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, sounded off on Thursday about new coronavirus restrictions that began this week in Michigan. Then she apologized for her remarks.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the restrictions, which she imposed through a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services order. They took effect Wednesday, the Detroit News reported. And they will remain in effect through Dec. 8.

Stafford Is ‘So Over It’

The restrictions ban in-person instruction at high schools and colleges. They outlaw indoor dine-in service at restaurants and bars. And they shut down high school athletics. They also close movie theaters, bowling alleys and casinos. 

“I’m so over it,” Stafford said in an Instagram video posted on Thursday. “I’m so over living in a dictatorship that we call Michigan. I understand there’s a pandemic, and I understand it’s very scary. I’m scared of it, too. If you are at risk, do not leave your house until there’s a vaccine.”

“But,” she added, “shutting down all these small businesses, things that people have worked their life for, shutting them down again is not the answer. Because they will not make it. So once we are able to leave our house, once this dictatorship decides to let us have some freedom, there will be nothing left. I’m just over it.”

Small Businesses Struggling As Cases Rise

Whitmer has become a polarizing figure nationally for her forceful steps to limit the spread of coronavirus. Michigan Republicans criticized the new measures as dealing a death blow to many small businesses.

Whitmer called the current surge in cases “the worst moment of this pandemic to date.” As of Thursday, Michigan had 303,058 confirmed cases of the virus and a positivity rate of 5.12%. The state has seen 8,573 deaths from Covid-19.   

Later Thursday, Stafford posted another video saying that calling Michigan a “dictatorship” was not the best choice of words.

“All right, y’all, here’s what I do best,” she said. “Coming back to apologize, after I read some of your things and I get grounded a little bit. I’m really sorry. I was in the heat of the moment.”

She explained, “I have a friend losing their business, and it’s just getting to me a little bit. So I apologize for calling it a dictatorship.”