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Kelly Stafford, wife of Detroit Lions QB, issues apology after calling Michigan a 'dictatorship' in Instagram rant about Covid-19 restrictions

November 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Kelly Stafford, wife of longtime Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, apologized on Thursday after calling Michigan a "dictatorship" in response to news of the state's new Covid-19 restrictions.

(CNN)Kelly Stafford, wife of longtime Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, apologized on Thursday after calling Michigan a "dictatorship" in response to news of the state's new Covid-19 restrictions.

"should never have used the word 'dictatorship,' " Kelly Stafford wrote Thursday in an Instagram post.

i love michigan and the people here. .

Stafford's post came just hours after her initial rant, in which she blasted the state's crackdown amid a surge in cases.

"I'm over living in a dictatorship that we call Michigan," Stafford said earlier on Thursday.

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.

Stafford also offered an apology in her Instagram story following the backlash.

"Alright, 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," Stafford said.

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. "

Michigan continues to see an exponential rise in cases across the state, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said.

Michigan reported 7,592 new cases on Thursday and 134 new deaths, bringing the totals to 285,398 and 8,324, respectively, according to data from the state's public health agency.

Hospitals are 79% full across Michigan, and the state currently has the fourth highest number of Covid-19 patients hospitalized in the country, Khaldun said.

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