Moats to Traffic-Stop Cop: Apology Accepted

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2009 1:39 PM CDT
Moats to Traffic-Stop Cop: Apology Accepted
Ryan Moats in action.   (AP Photo)

NFL player Ryan Moats said today he accepted the apology of the cop who stopped and detained him with a drawn gun in a hospital parking lot, preventing him from seeing his mother-in-law before she died, though his wife was allowed to go to her bedside. Moats told Good Morning America he hoped the apology was sincere, and added that he had feared for his wife's life. "I was afraid for her because, you know, he was pointing the gun at her."

"It would be comforting if we heard an apology directly from him," wife Tamishia added, noting that officer Robert Powell apologized through a written statement. "But we definitely would accept his apology because, you know, he's a human being." Moats also discussed the specifics of the incident: "I didn't run through a red light," he said. "I stopped at the red light and I asked for permission of the other drivers to let me go. They saw me with my hazards on so they let me go." (More police stories.)

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