Matthew Stafford’s Wife Seemingly Calls Out ‘Replaceable’ Lions Players

by Keeli Parkey

Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, is calling out some of her husband’s teammates. Inspiring her comments was Texans player J.J. Watt during a press conference held on Sunday, Dec. 27, following his team’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

“We’re professional athletes getting paid a whole lot of money,” a clearly frustrated Watt says. “If you can’t come in and put work in in the building, go out to the practice field and work hard, do your lifts and do what you’re supposed to do, you should not be here. This is a job. …”

Kelly Stafford later posted comments to an Instagram story. ESPN’s Michael Rothstein captured a screenshot of the story.

For her story, Stafford used a photo of Watt from the press conference. She adds, “Finally someone said it. If you don’t wanna do it… don’t worry, someone else will replace you real quick.”

The Detroit Lions are 5-10 on the season. Their struggles resulted in the firing of head coach Matt Patricia. This has led some to question Matthew Stafford’s future with the team. He has two years left on his contract with the Lions.

The Lions will host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Jan. 3. Stafford is expected to start at quarterback for Detroit.

Matthew Stafford’s Wife Apologizes for ‘Dictatorship’ Comment, Goes on COVID-19 Rant

Kelly Stafford’s recent comments are not the first to draw attention. In November, she apologized twice for describing Michigan as a “dictatorship” for its COVID-19 restrictions. These comments were made in an Instagram video.

First, she apologized saying the comments were not “the best choice of words.” The second apology was a formal one.

“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.”

Also in November, Kelly Stafford posted to Instagram regarding a false positive COVID-19 test.

“I appreciate everyone reaching out and giving us well wishes when actually we are fine,” Kelly Stafford said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “We are all negative. My husband is negative. There was just a certain exposure, so we’ve been testing since our exposure and we are all negative.”

That was the second time the NFL put Matt Stafford on the reserve/COVID-19 list without having the virus. It was also the second time Kelly Stafford took to social media in response.

The Staffords married in 2015 and have four children.