Matthew Stafford's Wife Kelly Slammed for Saying Michigan's COVID Restrictions Feel Like 'Living in a Dictatorship'

Kelly Stafford drew criticism for saying she feels like she's "living in a dictatorship" because of COVID-19 restrictions in the state of Michigan.

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Kelly Stafford, wife of Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford, came under fire on Thursday for comparing living in Michigan under COVID restrictions to "living in a dictatorship." 

Kelly Stafford, wife of Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford, calls Michigan a dictatorship because of coronavirus restrictions.

She is FURIOUS about businesses being shut down, and lives being ruined.

Her entire rant is incredible.

— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) November 19, 2020

“So I’m going to be very blunt,” Stafford said in a series of Instagram stories. “I’m so over it. I’m over living in a dictatorship that we call Michigan. I understand there’s a pandemic, and I understand it’s very scary. I am 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."

Stafford continued, "I’m just over it. I see all these people, and it brings me, like, to tears. I -- believe me, I know there are people out there who are stating, ‘That is really ignorant of you, how could you say that?’ Listen, I know not everybody is going to agree with me, not everybody is not going to agree with 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 people that 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.”

This triggered responses across social media, with many saying that Stafford calling Michigan a "dictatorship" was selfish and irresponsible, especially amidst a global pandemic and rising COVID numbers in the state.

Kelly Stafford is entitled to her opinion, but calling Michigan a “dictatorship” is irresponsible. We have to sacrifice personal freedom to get this pandemic under control. The failure is our government has not adequately supported people enough to incentivize them not to work.

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) November 19, 2020

Wow. You can’t eat inside a restaurant for three weeks. Definitely the worst thing that’s ever happened to you.

— Kevin Robert Ryan (@krmusician) November 19, 2020

kelly stafford complaining on her IG story that michigan is under a dictatorship and hurting small businesses then following it up with a video of her shopping in a target might just be best thing I’ve seen today

— Summer (@summavee_) November 19, 2020

Kelly Stafford thinks living in Michigan is like being in a "dictatorship" because of COVID-19 restrictions. In related news, her husband is an NFL quarterback who makes $27 million a year and has never won a playoff game

— Michael A. Cohen (NOT TRUMP’S FORMER FIXER) (@speechboy71) November 19, 2020

Kelly Stafford crying on IG about how Michigan is a "dictatorship"

— Evan VanWormer (@EvanVanWormer1) November 19, 2020

Me waiting on Kelly Stafford to speak up about the GOP brazenly trying to disenfranchise black voters in Wayne County. That’s the real dictatorship behavior she should be worried about.

— Miss E7000🌎❤️ (@GirlzRunThis) November 19, 2020

“If you are at risk, do not leave your house until there’s a vaccine” -Kelly Stafford from her $100k car, headed to her $6.5M house, where she will wait for her personal chef to serve lunch...

I guess she stops caring when the small business owner is the one at risk, huh

— Emily (@emily_gerds) November 19, 2020

If Kelly Stafford is so bored maybe she could go downtown and help with the food lines.

— Roberta Shilly-Shally 🌺🌊🌊 (@twitrcrzy) November 19, 2020

Stafford has since walked back her comments and returned to Instagram to apologize for her previous comments.  


"All right y’all, here’s what I do best -- coming back to apologize. After I read some of your things and I get grounded a little bit, I’m really sorry. I was in the heat of the moment. I have a friend losing her business, and it’s just getting to me a little bit," she wrote. "So I apologize for calling it a dictatorship. Probably the not so smart use of words. But yeah, I just want it to work for everybody, and I know it’s not going to work for everybody. It just kills me to see people suffer some financial burden for losing their business. And also from getting sick. But I don’t know, I apologize.”

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