Kelly Stafford, who is Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford’s wife, is apologizing for a second time about remarks she made. Previously, she compared Michigan’s COVID-19 restrictions to a “dictatorship.”
She has since apologized for the remarks she made in an Instagram video, calling it not “the best choice of words.” Now, Stafford has issued a more formal apology to the state she calls home.
“I am very sorry for what I said last week, I couldn’t have said it any worse,” Stafford wrote. “I know where my heart was. But no matter, it should have never been said. I was feeling frustrated and emotional. And in that moment, I said the wrong thing.”
“In doing so, I overlooked so many important people that wake up every day to help all of us. Those in our hospitals – doctors and nurses – who are tired and scared,” she continued. “But put all of that to the side and continue to be relentless in fighting this pandemic every day. And the families who are watching their loved ones fight or the families who have a loved one who has lost the fight – I am truly sorry.”
“I directed my frustration to the wrong thing, I used a word that made it political, when this is, in the end, about people,” she wrote. “I do worry about people losing their businesses/livelihood and employees being laid off not knowing how they are gonna get by. But this on a grand scale is about the health and safety of everyone. Our family will do our part to help others through this. And, as always, do what is recommended to keep people safe.”
Stafford closed her apology by promising that she and her husband Matthew would continue trying to help their community. She said they would help “keep those around us safe and fight this pandemic.”
Matthew Stafford’s Wife Criticized COVID-19 Restrictions
New COVID-19 restrictions went into effect last week in Michigan and will remain in effect until Dec. 8. Some of the restrictions ban teachers and professors from giving in-person instructions. The regulations also shut down high school athletics, movie theaters, bowling alleys, and casinos. Additionally, restaurants and bars have been ordered to shutdown indoor dining.
In an Instagram video, Stafford criticized these restrictions.
“I’m so over it,” Stafford said in an Instagram video. “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.”