Ryan Moats Stays Calm Under Pressure, When Anyone Could Understand If He Didn't

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IMarch 26, 2009

HOUSTON - DECEMBER 01:  Ryan Moats #21 of the Houston Texans during play against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium on December 1, 2008 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Ryan Moats was threatened with arrest had a gun drawn on him on Mar. 18 and all for what? Because he ran a red light to get his wife Tamishia to the hospital to have her last moments with her mother.

The whole sequences of events that happened to both Ryan and Tamishia was in the parking lot of Baylor Regional Medical Center. It's from the article titled "Dallas Police Delayed NFL Player as Relative Died."

As the picture indicates, the Moats are African-Americans and the officer involved was Caucasian. I must applaud Moats for not going out and claiming racism. Moats' only quote about the situation, "We can't help but think that race might have played a factor."

The officer's name is Robert Powell.

Now, I can understand that it's early in the morning and being a cop is a stressful job and when you see someone run a stop light you should of course check out the situation to see if everything is ok.

Obviously, the Moats' situation was dire and they needed to get inside the hospital. This is where to me officer Powell crossed the line. Instead of being empathetic towards Moats and his wife, he continued to try to do his job, even after Moats tried to explain what was going on.

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The situation even became more frustrating for Moats because as his wife was stepping out of the car, Powell pulled his gun out. According to Tamishia, "He was pointing a gun at me as soon as I got out of the car." Even though Powell stated he had "drew the gun but did not point it."

Tamishia was able to run into the hospital before Powell could do anything and that left him with Ryan who, of course, by now was extremely irate. So, when Powell asked for his insurance he told him "find it yourself."

From what I remember when I was taking drivers education classes, we asked about a situation like this. What would his take be on the situation?

His answer was that as long as you're not driving erratically or putting anyone else in danger then I wouldn't write you a ticket if you were driving like previously mentioned then he would and I remember him saying this "I'm not a bastard."

On that thought, Moats' only bad thing that he did was roll through a red light and he made sure that there was no traffic around, so he wasn't driving recklessly.

After Ryan had talked back to Powell he got even more upset and told him this "shut your mouth, you can either settle down and cooperate or I can just take you to jail for running a red light."

Unfortunately for Moats during the whole little standoff between him and the cop his mother-in-law passed away. It was only when another officer who more than likely was working at the hospital advised that she was gone, that Powell ended it by giving Moats a ticket.

The Dallas police dismissed the ticket, of course, and Powell has been assigned to desk duty. Yet, what was Ryan Moats' take after the whole situation all he could say is, "I think he should lose his job."

I have to give Ryan credit. He could have gotten himself into a much worse situation with Officer Powell. It could have cost him his life or his wife's life, who had run to go see her mom for the last time and all the reason was because a cop overreacted when thinking he was doing his job.

It would have been understandable if Moats got out his car and take a swing at the officer and then for him to run inside the hospital. Yet, throughout the whole standoff between Powell and Moats, he kept calm even though he did get agitated, he didn't do anything to make the situation worse.

I know it must be a hard time for the Moats's family, but he deserves a round of applause for keeping calm in a situation like that and again as I said before that whole incident could have been much worse.

Here's the first part of the two videos that were shown. Clip 1 and Clip 2.

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