Kelly Stafford is fed up.
Amid the worsening state of COVID-19 in Michigan, the wife of the Lions’ quarterback took to Instagram to rant about the new restrictions put in place there. Starting this past Wednesday, Michigan placed limitations on indoor gatherings — including shuttering schools and indoor dining in restaurants and bars — for the next three weeks.
“I’m so over it. I’m over living in a dictatorship that we call Michigan,” she posted to her Instagram story Thursday. “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 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.
“Believe me, I know there’s people out there that are stating, ‘That’s really ignorant of you. How could you say that?’ Listen, I know not everybody’s gonna agree with me, not everybody’s gonna agree with my every move I make. That’s life, okay? We state our opinions, we move on. This is my opinion… I do not like living in a place where they tell me what I can and can’t do.”
Stafford later mentioned that she would be compiling the Instagram handles of local businesses and posting them to show support, and cited a friend losing their business as a source of her frustration.
Stafford’s family has twice been publicly affected by the vIrus. During training camp, Matt was the victim of a false positive test and earlier this month he was placed on the Lions’ COVID-19 Reserve list for coming in close contact with someone outside the team who had tested positive.
In the first instance back in August, Kelly called out the NFL for putting her in the “nightmare” situation.
Still, she wound up apologizing for her comments this time — namely her “dictatorship” barb — in an Instagram post.
“should never have used the word ‘dictatorship,’ ” she said. “i got caught up in the heat of the moment, that is my fault. i dont know the answer and i won’t pretend to. i care about the people who are losing their lives or battling this.. and also the medical staff who care for them. … i love michigan and the people here.. dont get that twisted in this.”
According to the Detroit Free Press, last week was Michigan’s worst yet, as 44,019 were newly diagnosed with COVID-19 and 416 died.