Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, has apologized for criticizing NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem.
“When (Colin) Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem, I had strong feelings about it,” Kelly Stafford wrote in an Instagram on Saturday. “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.”
The Staffords donated $ 350,000 to their alma mater, the University of Georgia, to support Kaepernick’s cause. The money will help fund a social justice program for the school’s athletes.
The program aims to “implement strategic initiatives in the areas of diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice,” according to Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity.