DALLAS -- A Dallas police officer who drew his gun after
pulling over an NFL player rushing to see his dying mother-in-law
apologized today for his actions.
The statement from Officer Robert Powell was released through
his attorneys and referred to his traffic stop last week of Houston
Texans running back Ryan Moats.
In it, Powell says "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 ... After stopping Mr. Moats' vehicle, I showed poor judgment
and insensitivity to Mr. Moats and his family by my words and
A message could not be left for the Moats family on Friday
evening. Ryan Moats' agent did not immediately return a message
left by The Associated Press.
Powell stopped Moats' SUV outside Baylor Regional Medical Center
in the Dallas suburb of Plano after the vehicle rolled through a
red light. By the time the 26-year-old NFL player received a ticket
and a lecture from Powell, his mother-in-law was dead.