Dallas. NFL player Ryan Moats has accepted the apology offered by a Dallas police officer who stopped him with a drawn gun in the parking lot of a hospital where his mother-in-law was dying.
The Houston Texans running back told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday that he hoped Officer Robert Powell was sincere in his apology.
Powell stopped Moats’ car outside Baylor Regional Medical Center in suburban Plano on March 18 after the vehicle rolled through a red light. Moats’ wife, Tamishia, and other relatives were also in the car.
The officer pulled out his gun and threatened Moats with jail, as the player pleaded to be allowed to go inside the hospital. Moats’ mother-in-law, 45-year-old Jonetta Collinsworth, died while Powell wrote Moats a ticket and lectured him.
“I loved Jo … my mother-in-law. We call her Jo. She was just like my mom, basically,” Ryan Moats said.
Powell, who has been placed on paid leave pending an investigation, issued a statement on Friday through his attorneys. “I wish to publicly and sincerely apologize to the Moats family, my colleagues in the Dallas Police Department, and to all those who have been rightfully angered by my actions on March 18, 2009,” Powell’s statement said. “I showed poor judgment and insensitivity to Mr. Moats and his family by my words and actions.”
Tamishia Moats said she’d like to hear the apology personally, but that she, too, would accept it.
Ryan Moats said the officer pointed his gun at Tamishia Moats and then at him.