Stafford, whose husband is Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, took to Instagram with an impassioned diatribe railing against the state of MI for administering a three-week lockdown period amid a spike in COVID-19 cases.
Gretchen Whitmer earlier this week ordered high schools and colleges to stop in-person classes, closed restaurants to indoor dining and suspended organized sports in a bid to flatten the state's spiking coronavirus cases.
Kelly Stafford apologized Thursday for lashing out over the fact the state she lives in has placed restrictions for trying tamp down covid-19 numbers. But retail businesses, salons, childcare and gyms were not affected by Whitmer's order.
"So I'm going to be very blunt: I'm so over it".
She added in another post that "I love MI and the people here ..." I understand there's a pandemic, and I understand it's very scary.
She also said she's aware that there is a pandemic and that people are scared, and that she is scared, too. If you're at risk, do not live your house until there's a vaccine.
In the videos, which came one day after new COVID-19 restrictions went into effect, Stafford said shutting down small businesses is not the answer. "And 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. But yeah, I just want it to work for everybody, and I know it's not going to work for everybody, and it just kills me to see people suffer a financial burden from losing their business, and also from getting sick. I - and believe me, I know there's people out there that are stating, 'That's really ignorant of you.
In the series of posts, she said that she knows everyone isn't going to agree with her, but that's her opinion. Not everybody's gonna agree with my every move I make. That's life. We state our opinions, we move on.
"This is my opinion".
"But shutting down all these small businesses?" It's not that I don't feel for people that have COVID, or the hospitals. I do. But this is my opinion. "I only live once". "You have yours, everyone has their own, and we chalk it up to that".
Matthew Stafford was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list twice this year. Stafford first hit the COVID-19/reserve list in August, when it was believed he tested positive for the virus.
According to The Detroit News, she later apologized for her rant.
"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".
On an Instagram post, Stafford wrote, "should never have used the word 'dictatorship.' "i got caught up in the heat of the moment, that is my fault. i don't know the answer and i won't pretend to".