The past few months have been tough on everyone in the state of Michigan, trying to live their lives amid a deadly pandemic. Financially, it has been particularly tough for small businesses in the state.
After Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer shut down some businesses and schools in the state again for three weeks, Kelly Stafford, who is married to Detroit Lions QB, Matthew Stafford, said she has had enough. This came after she complained bitterly about the NFL's COVID-19 protocol that alerted the public when her husband was potentially exposed to the virus.
This time, she took to her Instagram account to vent. The quotes were transcribed by clickondetroit.com:
“So I’m going to be very blunt: 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’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, like, to tears. I — 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’s going to agree with me. Not everybody’s 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. 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 feel like — 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.”
Kelly Stafford says she "got caught up in the moment" in a follow up post on Instagram Thursday afternoon.