The Atlanta native called the Michigan government a “dictatorship.”
“They won’t make it,” Stafford said of Michigan small businesses. “So once we can leave our house, once this dictatorship allows us to have some freedom, there will be nothing left. ”
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As in several states across the country, coronavirus cases have increased in Michigan in recent weeks.
“We are in the worst time of this pandemic to date,” Whitmer said at a press conference this weekend. “The situation has never been so dire.”
Stafford’s social media post was met with a swift reaction, with users accusing him of insensitivity and downplaying a public health emergency that claimed the lives of thousands of Michiganders.
“Here’s what I do best, come back to apologize after reading some of your stuff… I’m so sorry, I was in the heat of the moment,” she said later in another. message. “I have a friend who loses his business and it touches me a bit, so I apologize for calling it a dictatorship, probably the not-so-smart use of words. “
Matthew Stafford has been on the NFL’s COVID-19 roster several times this season, although his wife said he tested negative for the virus.