Stafford’s post came just hours after his initial outrage, in which he exploded state repression amid an increase in lawsuits.
The Michigan government announced this week that it would launch a “three-week suspension targeting indoor community meetings and other group activities” to help prevent the spread of the virus. The order, issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, went into effect Wednesday.
“I understand there’s an epidemic, I understand it’s very scary. I’m scared about it too. If you’re in danger, do not leave your home until a vaccine comes. But closing all of these small businesses – things people have worked their lives through – closing them again The answer is no, because they will not create it. So, once we can leave our home, if this dictatorship decides to give us some freedom, nothing is left. “
Following the setback, Stafford apologized in his Instagram story.
“Well, yeah, here’s what I do best: come back to apologize. After I read some of your stuff, I banged a little bit,” Stafford said.
“I’m so sorry, I was in the heat right now. A friend of mine is losing his business. It’s getting to me a little bit, so I apologize for calling this a dictatorship – probably not used so wisely. But yes, I want it to work for everyone, I know it’s not going to work for everyone, and it’s killing me to see people suffering a financial burden from losing their business and getting sick. But I do not know – I apologize. “
CNN approached Stafford, but did not ask again.
Her husband had previously joined the NFL after being harassed by her family after being placed on the NFL’s injured Reserve / Govt list. He said his children had been kicked out of a playground and approached himself at a grocery store, “putting others at risk.”
The NFL has stated that being on the list does not mean that a player has Covit-19, and being on the list means that they may have tested positive or had close contact with someone who has been in contact with the victim.
The number of cases is growing exponentially across the state of Michigan, said Dr. Joni Calton, chief medical officer of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Michigan reported 7,592 new cases and 134 new deaths Thursday, bringing the total to 285,398 and 8,324, respectively, according to state public health agency data.
Hospitals across Michigan are 79% full, currently the fourth-highest number of Govt-19 patients admitted to a hospital in the country, Calton said.
CNN’s Kay Jones contributed to the report.