Matthew Stafford’s Wife Issues Statement About How His False Positive COVID-19 Test Caused Their Family a Slew of Issues
With football preparing to start their 2020 season at some point in September, players and other personnel have been back at practice getting ready. As a result of being around 60 other men at any given time, the chance of getting exposed to COVID-19 gets bigger.
And while it’s easy to say, “Well, they agreed to play this season, this is what they signed up for,” we are now getting to see that it doesn’t just affect the player or the coach, it affects their whole family. And when Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford thought he was positive for COVID-19, his family began experiencing unfriendly behavior from the people around them.
In a statement shared on his wife’s Instagram account, Kelly Stafford revealed her dissatisfaction with the NFL over the last several days. Particularly when they issued a false-positive COVID test to Matthew.
On August 4, Kelly took to her Instagram story to tell her followers that she’s “about to lose her sh*t.” Then several hours later she shared a statement seemingly explaining why.
“The past four days have been somewhat of a nightmare,” Kelly began. “For 24 hours, we believed my husband was positive for COVID… We were all tested the day after and we were all negative including Matthew…then he tested negative again, then again, again, and again.”
Kelly continued, “After his second negative, we were made aware of the ‘false positives’ and how this was one of those cases. I have been losing my mind because of how my family has been treated since my husband was put on COVID-IR.”
The new mom of four then explained some of what they have experienced since Matthew’s false positive COVID test was made public.
“Even after we knew it was false positive, our school told us they were not allowed back, I was approached in a grocery store and told I was “endangering others,” my kids were harassed and kicked off a playground. I was told I needed to wait in my car when trying to pick up food, and people closest to us had to get tested just so they could go back to work. And that’s just to name a few things.”
And while Kelly doesn’t blame the people she has run into over these last few days, she does blame the NFL.
“I don’t blame these scenarios on any of the people directly involved. I understand where they are coming from, but I do blame the NFL. I blame the NFL for not holding themselves accountable. These are people’s lives and livelihoods that are in those results in THEIR test sites. Maybe we should be absolutely positive a person has COVID before releasing that info to the world. I’m sharing our experience because I don’t want it happening to any other family that plays for this league.”
She then concluded her thoughts by thanking ever who has reached out to them to offer their support. “Your thoughts during this strange, difficult time are greatly appreciated, but we are all absolutely fine and feeling great. Thank God for that.”
Sara Vallone has been a writer and editor for the last four and a half years. A graduate of Ohio University, she enjoys celebrity news, sports, and articles that enhance people’s lives.