Detroit Lions’ wife of Matthew Stafford blames NFL for harassment received after falsely positive coronavirus test


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.

But after the family’s experience with the false positive test, Kelly Stafford says she wants the league to change – saying it should be ‘absolutely positive’ that a player has Covid-19 before releasing the news .

“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.


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