SJ - August 17, 2020
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and his wife Kelly donated $350,000 donation to endow a social justice program at their alma mater. With that Kelly decided to issue an apology to Colin Kaepernick on social media.
She took to Instagram over the weekend and apologized to the former NFL quarterback for not listening when he started protesting during the National Anthem.
From NY Post:
Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, apologized Saturday for previous criticisms directed towards Colin Kaepernick and his national anthem protests.
Taking to Instagram, Kelly said she has opened her “ears, mind, and heart,” over the past several months while reflecting on past reactions to Kaepernick’s stance.
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This is something that Matthew and I have been thinking and talking about for several months now. When Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem, I had strong feelings about it. Even when he kept saying it had nothing to do with the flag or military, I didn’t listen. I kept not listening to him or anyone else and let the political rhetoric persuade me that him kneeling was disrespectful to our military. Over the past several months, I have opened my ears, mind, and heart and it has opened my eyes to see how wrong I was and for that I am sorry. This systematic racism is not going away unless we ALL work on it by working on ourselves and those around us. It’s time for everyone to do their part to help end this system. Matthew and I thought this was a good place to start. We are proud to be a part of this program and we will keep fighting to help end this social injustice. Black Lives Matter.
It's really easy to apologize for something after a guy lost his career. The thing that would have taken some balls is to have stood up for his right to protest back when it first started even if you don't agree with it.
But hey it makes her feel better now by donating money and apologizing now.