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Matthew Stafford's wife Kelly rants about COVID-19 rules: 'I'm over living in a dictatorship we call Michigan'

Chris Cwik
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Kelly Stafford, wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, isn’t happy with the new COVID-19 restrictions in Michigan. Kelly Stafford expressed frustration over those rules Thursday, saying she was “over living in a dictatorship.”

Stafford made those comments on her Instagram live story.

Her full comments read:

“So I’m going to be blunt, I’m so over it. I’m so over living in a dictatorship 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 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. I see all these people and it brings me to tears.

“And 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 is going to agree with me. Not everybody is going to agree with my every move I make. That’s life, OK. We state our opinions, we move on. This is my opinion.

“I feel for these small businesses. I feel for — it’s not that I don’t feel for the people who have COVID, or the hospitals. I do. But this is my opinion. I do not like living in a place where they tell me what I can and cannot do. I live once. Again, this is my opinion. You have yours. Everyone has their own. And we chalk it up to that.”

Stafford later apologized for using the term ‘dictatorship’

Michigan implemented new rules to curb spread of COVID-19

Stofford’s rant comes days after Michigan officials announced stricter COVID-19 regulations in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus. Under the new rules, all school and work must be done remotely unless absolutely necessary. Indoor dining, casinos, theaters, bowling alleys and some indoor activities must stop. Those restrictions went into affect Wednesday, and will last three weeks.

Michigan has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases over the past couple days. On Friday, the state reported 8,516 cases of COVID-19, a single-day record for Michigan.

Matthew Stafford has been placed on COVID-19 list twice in 2020

Stafford’s husband, Matthew, has been placed on the COVID-19/reserve list twice in 2020. Stafford first hit the COVID-19/reserve list in August, when it was believed he tested positive for the virus. It turned out, Stafford received a false positive. He was quickly removed from the list and allowed to re-join the Lions.

Stafford was again placed on the COVID-19/reserve list in November after coming into close contact with someone who tested positive. Stafford never tested positive for the virus, and was allowed to play in the team’s game against the Minnesota Vikings that week. The Lions lost that contest 34-20.

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