*NFL player Ryan Moats said Monday he accepts the apology offered by the Dallas cop who stopped him at gunpoint in a hospital parking lot while his mother-in-law was dying inside.
The Houston Texans running back said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he hopes Officer Robert Powell was sincere in his apology.
Powell stopped Moats’ SUV 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 drew his gun and threatened Moats with jail as the player pleaded to be allowed to go inside the hospital. Moats’ mother-in-law died before he got there while Powell wrote Moats a ticket and lectured him.
Dallas Police Offier Robert Powell
Powell, who has been placed on paid leave pending an investigation, issued a statement 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. After stopping Mr. Moats’ vehicle, I showed poor judgment and insensitivity to Mr. Moats and his family by my words and actions," Powell’s statement said.
Ryan & Tamisha Moats
Tamishia Moats said she’d like to hear the apology personally, but that she, too, would definitely accept it. Later Monday morning, Ryan and Tamishia issued a statement through the Texans.
"The Moats family would like to thank the public for all their support and for expressing their condolences during this difficult time," the statement read. "We will now be focusing on our family and healing during this time of grievance."