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Kelly Stafford describes COVID-19 scare involving husband Matthew, rips NFL
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Kelly Stafford describes COVID-19 scare involving husband Matthew, rips NFL

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The Detroit Lions announced Tuesday that quarterback Matthew Stafford did not have COVID-19 after a false positive test last week.

But that didn't spare the family the fear of the disease, and in some cases, the isolation and ridicule from the public.

Stafford's wife, Kelly, posted a message on Instagram about an hour after the Lions cleared up their quarterback's status.

Kelly Stafford, who just gave birth to the couple's fourth child last month, describes the last four days as "somewhat of a nightmare."

"For 24 hours, we believed my husband was positive for COVID," Kelly Stafford wrote on Instagram. "We were all tested the day after and we were all negative including Matthew. Then he tested negative again, then again, again, and again."

But it was far from just that simple for the Staffords. Kelly said she has "been losing my mind" over how her family has been treated since Saturday, when Matthew was placed on the team's COVID-19 list.

"Even after we knew it was false positive, our school told us they were not allowed back," Kelly Stafford wrote. "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."

It was reported by Sports Illustrated on Monday that Stafford had tested positive.

Kelly isn't blaming people, or even local institutions.

"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," Kelly wrote. "Maybe we should be absolutely positive a person has COVID before releasing that info to the world."

Not only do the Staffords have four girls under the age of 4, including a 1-month-old, but Kelly's has had her own major health battle after having brain surgery last year to have a tumor removed.

Kelly also wrote she shared her family's experiences in hopes it doesn't happen to other families in the NFL.

She concluded her post by saying she appreciated the concern showed to her family and they are "absolutely fine and feeling great."

"We are thankful for all those who called, texted, emailed and showed concern for Matthew and our family."

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