The NFL turned Kelly Stafford’s life into “a nightmare.”
Lions star QB Matthew Stafford was removed from the NFL’s COVID-IR list on Tuesday, but not after a false-positive test by the league turned his family’s life upside down.
“The past four days have been somewhat of a nightmare,” Stafford’s wife Kelly wrote. “We were all tested the day after and we were all negative, including Matthew…then he tested negative again, then again, again and again.”
Shortly before her Instagram post, Kelly posted a story that simply said, “I am about to lose my s–t.”
Last year, Kelly had surgery to remove a brain tumor. According to the CDC’s guidelines, she would be classified as high risk if she contracts the coronavirus. The Lions posted a statement Tuesday afternoon describing that Stafford is back on the roster after receiving a false positive test.
“I have been losing my mind because of how my Family has been treated since my husband was put on the Covid-IR list,” Kelly, who has four children with Matt, said. “Even after we knew it was a false positive, I was approached in a grocery store 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.”
The Staffords’ experience shines a light on one aspect of just how challenging a situation the NFL faces as it tries to operate its season during the coronavirus pandemic. Kelly explained that she does not blame those around her, just the NFL, which put her family in such a tenuous situation.
“I blame the @NFL for not holding themselves accountable,” Kelly said. 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.”
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