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Wife of Detroit Lions quarterback apologizes for calling Michigan 'dictatorship' after new coronavirus measures

Wife of Detroit Lions quarterback apologizes for calling Michigan 'dictatorship' after new coronavirus measures

Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, apologized Thursday after posting a series of videos to her Instagram feed railing against coronavirus restrictions implemented by the governor in Michigan over the weekend.

"I feel for these small businesses. It’s not that I don’t feel for the people that have COVID or the hospitals, I do, but this is my opinion," Stafford said in the videos posted Thursday morning. "I do not like living in a place where they tell me what I can and cannot do. I only live once."

The Atlanta native referred to the government in Michigan as "a dictatorship." 

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"They will not make it," Stafford said of Michigan small businesses. "So once we are able to leave our house, once this dictatorship lets us have some freedom, there will be nothing left."

Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerMichigan county board approves resolution in support of impeaching Whitmer Say 'no thanks' to Thanksgiving mandates Overnight Health Care: Trump announces two moves aimed at lowering drug prices | Sturgis rally blamed for COVID-19 spread in Minnesota | Stanford faculty condemn Scott Atlas MORE, a Democrat, has taken heat from critics after announcing new public health guidelines on Sunday shuttering bars, restaurants and most other indoor events of any kind. 

As they have in several states across the nation, coronavirus cases have surged in Michigan in recent weeks.

“We are in the worst moment of this pandemic to date,” Whitmer said during a press conference over the weekend. “The situation has never been more dire.”

Stafford's post on social media was met with swift backlash, with users accusing her of insensitivity and downplaying a public health emergency that has claimed the lives of thousands of Michiganders.

"Here's what I do best, coming back to apologize after I read some of your things ... I'm really sorry, I was in the heat of the moment," she later said in a separate post. "I have a friend losing their business and it's just getting to me a little bit, so I apologize for calling it a dictatorship, probably the not so smart use of words."

Matthew Stafford has gone on the NFL's COVID-19 list a couple of times this season, though his wife said he had tested negative for the virus.