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Texans' Moats, Wife Say Officer Pointed Gun at Her

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Texans RB Ryan Moats and his wife, Tamishia, said during a televised interview yesterday morning that Dallas police officer Robert Powell pointed his gun at Tamishia Moats during the recent traffic stop in which Powell prevented Ryan Moats from seeing his dying mother-in-law.

"When you're in a situation like that, you really don't think about how dangerous it is because honestly, he could have shot me," Tamishia Moats said during an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America." "He pointed the gun at me, and he basically said, you know: 'Don't take another step. Don't move. Get back over here.' . . . And in my mind I'm thinking, 'Or else he'll shoot.' [But] I was thinking: 'I am going to go inside the hospital. I will be by my mom's side no matter what.' At that point in time, I was ready for whatever he was going to do."

Powell reportedly has told his superiors he drew his gun during the incident but did not point it at anyone. Tamishia Moats ignored Powell's command to stay by her vehicle and went inside the adjacent hospital to be with her mother.

-- BRONCOS: According to the Denver Post, QB Jay Cutler has forfeited a $100,000 workout bonus written into his contract by missing more than 10 percent of the team's offseason conditioning sessions.

Cutler has been at odds with the club and its rookie head coach, Josh McDaniels, and asked to be traded.

McDaniels said at last week's annual league meeting that the team would attempt to repair its relationship with Cutler, who became upset after McDaniels and the Broncos considered trade offers for him in connection to a potential deal this offseason that would have sent QB Matt Cassel to Denver.

According to the Denver Post, Cutler left his offseason home in Nashville for an unspecified location elsewhere in the country and isn't expected to be at the Broncos' facility within the next two weeks. The Broncos have a minicamp scheduled for April 17-19.

-- GIANTS: WR Plaxico Burress is scheduled to be in court today. Burress faces a weapon possession charge and a possible jail sentence of 3 1/2 to 15 years in connection with the November incident in which he shot himself in the leg at a New York nightclub.

There have been recent reports that a potential plea deal is being negotiated, although such an agreement reportedly might include jail time for Burress.

-- RAVENS: Baltimore's preseason schedule begins Aug. 13 against the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium on a Thursday night. The Ravens will face the New York Jets and former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, hired as the Jets' head coach, 11 days later at home, then finish the preseason with games at Carolina and Atlanta.

"It's a good schedule against quality teams," Ravens Coach John Harbaugh said in a written statement released by the club. "We know our fans will like playing the Redskins because of the regional rivalry. Getting the chance to play on national television against the Jets is something that will excite the players.

"We keep telling the players that we're working to get better every day. That will be our continued goal in the preseason -- to try to improve with each of the four games and then be ready for the regular season."

-- Mark Maske

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