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Lions news: Matthew Stafford’s wife apologizes to Colin Kaepernick, has change of heart about anthem kneel

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Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, had the chance to reflect and take things into perspective. Kelly had previously been critical of Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem. In a change of heart, Kelly recently penned an apology to the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback on Instagram, explaining her standpoint back then.

“When Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem, I had strong feelings about it,” Kelly Stafford wrote. “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 turned the page and committed to fighting social injustices. The couple recently donated $350,000 to their alma mater, the University of Georgia, to fund a social justice program for student-athletes.

On the other hand, Colin Kaepernick last played for the 49ers in the NFL during the 2016 season. He played twelve games and ended the season with 2,241 passing yards, sixteen passing touchdowns, four interceptions, and added 468 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.

The team eventually told Kaepernick that they planned to release him back when Kyle Shanahan was first brought in to be the head coach. On March 3, 2017, he opted out of his contract and became a free agent at the start of the 2017 season. He has yet to return to the league since then.