This is according to an Instagram post published by Kelly Stafford, the wife of the quarterback, who called the last four days following the false positive “a bit of a nightmare”.
“I have lost my mind because of the way my family has been treated since my husband was put on COVID-IR,” Kelly Stafford wrote. “Even after we found out it was a false positive our school told us they weren’t allowed in, I was approached in a grocery store and told I was putting the others in danger, my children were harassed and kicked out of a playground, I was told I had to wait in my car to get food, and the people closest to us had to get tested for be able to return to work. ”
All of this, Kelly Stafford says, happened after Saturday, when the Lions placed Matthew Stafford on the league’s Reserve / Covid-19 list. The team removed him from the list on Tuesday.
The NFL said being placed on the roster does not mean the player has Covid-19, just that he may have tested positive or is quarantined after coming into contact with an infected person.
“I don’t blame these scenarios on any of the people directly involved. I understand where they are coming from, ”she wrote, referring to the treatment her family received. “But I blame the @NFL. I blame the @NFL for not being responsible. It is the lives and livelihoods of the people that are in these results in THEIR test sites. Maybe we should be absolutely sure a person has covid before we release this info to the world. ”
Matthew Stafford did not comment publicly on the incident and the NFL did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.