Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, apologized on Thursday after posting a series of videos on his Instagram show, surrounding the coronavirus restrictions imposed by the Michigan governor over the weekend.
“I feel these small businesses. Not that I don’t feel for people who have COVID or hospitals, but that’s my opinion,” Stafford said in videos released Thursday morning. “I don’t like living in a place where I’m told what I can and can’t do. I only live once.”
An Atlanta native described the Michigan government as a “dictatorship.”
“They’re not going to make it,” Stafford told small business in Michigan. “So once we manage to leave our house, after this dictatorship has allowed us to have some freedom, there will be nothing left.”
Manager Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerMinnesota to close bars, restaurants and gyms for four weeks: report Michigan avant-garde council certifies election results after initial stagnation Night health: Top hospital, medical associations urge Trump to share information with COVID-19 with Biden | The biotech chief executive says lawsuits are pending to suspend Trump’s drug proposal MORE, a Democrat, took warmth from critics after announcing new public health guidelines in Sunday formwork bars, restaurants and most other indoor events of all kinds.
As in several states across the country, coronavirus cases in Michigan have increased in recent weeks.
“We are in the worst moment of this pandemic so far,” Whitmer told a news conference over the weekend. “The situation has never been worse.”
Stafford’s post on social media was met with a quick response, with users accusing her of insensitivity and downplaying a public health emergency that claimed the lives of thousands of Michiganers.
“Here’s what I do best, coming back to apologize after reading some of your stuff … I’m really sorry, I was in the middle of the moment,” she said later in a separate post. “I have a friend who’s losing his business and it just brings me a little bit, so I apologize for calling it a dictatorship, probably not so clever use of words.”
Matthew Stafford has been on the NFL’s COVID-19 list several times this season, although his wife said he tested negative for the virus.