Days after footage of Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence denying 11-year-old Giants fan Kamil Bautista an autograph went viral, the child’s father indicated to local media the family doesn’t harbor any hard feelings toward the player.
Talking to a CBS DFW reporter, Jorge Bautista said his main issue with Lawrence’s behavior was that he “didn’t respect the young fan, and it happens to be that the young fan is my son.”
However, he added that the Giants-supporting Bautista family would have no problems with running into Lawrence again. “Hopefully next year when we go again, hopefully we can catch him and be like ‘hey, you remember last year?’” said Bautista.
The incident happened following a game between the Giants and the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, September 8. Brennen Freeman, who recorded the video, uploaded it to his social media accounts on September 10, with it going viral almost immediately.
In the video, Lawrence can be heard saying “get the right jersey, son” at the young fan, who was wearing a Saquon Barkley jersey. According to CBS DFW, however, the child actually wanted a Cowboys towel signed by the player.
Lawrence faced a backlash after the video was posted. He responded on Twitter, saying: “It’s more than one kid that come to the game with Cowboys jerseys and never get to meet any player. So if I’m honest with my own kids I will never treat your kid better than mine so suck it up.”
He was asked about the incident again when he attended a Boys and Girls Club of America event Tuesday night.
“The kid will be okay, trust me. If not, I’ll write a public apology for hurting his feelings. Other than that, hopefully, he gets a DeMarcus Lawrence jersey for Christmas,” he said in a video posted to Twitter.
Lawrence offered an apology to the young fan on the official Dallas Cowboys Twitter account on Wednesday night. “D-Law loves the kids, don’t take no offense about it, it is what it is,” he said. “I think what turned people the wrong way is that I wasn’t really paying any attention, and the sadness on the kid’s face. I apologize to the kid. I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings.” Credit: Brennen Freeman via Storyful