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Detroit Lions QB's Wife Apologizes for Calling Michigan 'Dictatorship'

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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and his wife Kelly smile while watching an NBA basketball game on Nov. 17, 2015. (Duane Burleson/AP Photo)

By    |   Friday, 20 November 2020 10:51 AM

Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions star quarterback Matthew Stafford, has apologized for calling Michigan a "dictatorship" on social media. Kelly drew attention after sharing a fiery rant on Instagram upon learning that the state would introduce stricter lockdown regulations in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

"I'm over living in a dictatorship that we call Michigan," she said on Thursday, per CNN, but was quick to backtrack on her statement in a follow-up post.

"Should never have used the word 'dictatorship,'" she wrote. "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. i care about the people who are losing their lives or battling this.. and also the medical staff who care for them. and it is hard knowing these local business owners and watching them struggle and having to lay off their employees, not knowing how they are gonna make it. so i'm sorry. i let my emotions get the best of me. i love michigan and the people here.. don't get that twisted in this This place was my rock during my tough times. and i wish there was an answer that pleased everyone but we know that is definitely not the case."

On Sunday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that the state would ban indoor dining and other social gatherings and activities for three weeks amid a rising number of coronavirus cases. In Kelly's initial Instagram post, she said that although there was a pandemic, shutting down small businesses was not the answer as it was taking away people's livelihoods.

"So once we are able to leave our house, once this dictatorship decides to let us have some freedom, there will be nothing left," she said.

Taking to Instagram stories, Kelly offered a second apology.

"I'm really sorry. I was in the heat of the moment," she said. "I have a friend losing her business. It's just getting to me a little bit, so I apologize for calling it a dictatorship — probably a 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, and it just kills me to see people suffer a financial burden from losing their business, and also from getting sick. But I don't know — I apologize."

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