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Matthew Stafford’s wife apologizes to Colin Kaepernick over national anthem remarks

If Kelly Stafford has the courage to overcome a brain tumor, she surely has the courage to say she’s sorry.

Matthew Stafford’s wife issued a public apology for criticizing Colin Kaepernick in 2017 for his protests against racial injustice.

Kelly said in astatement on Instagram that in the past months, she has come to understand and support the #TakeAKnee movement, which was started by Kaepernick in 2016.

“This is something that Matthew and I have been thinking and talking about for several months now,” she began her caption.

“When Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem, I had strong feelings about it,” Kelly explained. “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.”

Kelly criticized Kaepernick back in an August 2017 Instagram post and called on protesting players to stand during the anthem.

The Detroit Lions QB has a really strong wife.

He should be very proud.