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NFL player accepts officer's apology

Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats accepts the apology offered by a Dallas police officer who stopped him for running a red light in order to get to the hospital where his mother-in-law was dying inside. Officer Powell wrote Moats a ticket and lectured him; Moats' mother-in-law died before he got there. Officer Powell said he didn't know why he didn't allow Moats to go into the hospital once he realized what was happening, or why he spoke to Moats the way he did. Moats explained that he had waited until there was no traffic before continuing through the red light. When Powell asked for proof of insurance, Moats grew more agitated and told the officer to go find it.



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