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Friday, March 27, 2009
Dallas cop apologizes for traffic stop of Ex-Eagle

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Unless you've been trapped under a rock the last couple days, you've heard about the disturbing story of a Dallas police officer detaining former Eagles running back Ryan Moats for 13 minutes as he was driving to see his dying mother-in-law. The officer, 25-year-old Robert Powell, initially maintained that he acted appropriately, but he's now had a change of heart. Through his Dallas-based attorneys, he made the following statement:

"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. With great remorse I accept my responsibility for adding to their grief in an already difficult time.

"I have attempted to reach Mr. Moats to express my personal condolences directly to his family and my regret about my actions. While these efforts have been unsuccessful so far, I hope we can talk soon.

"Again, I am very sorry for what I did and ask for the forgiveness of all those touched by these unfortunate events."

If you've watched the video, you know those weren't "unfortunate" events, they were horrifying. I'm not sure where I stand on whether Powell should be fired over what happened, but I certainly think he should be taken off the street for a good while.