DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The father of an 11-year old New York Giants fan who was denied an autograph by DeMarcus Lawrence, says the Cowboys defensive end should get a talking to by owner Jerry Jones.
"The reason we posted was not to be famous, to get money, (to have) somebody to call us. ... No, the reason we posted is to show our kids that you gotta be humble with every single person in this world. And to show it to people who maybe didn't go to the stadium, the actions of these players," Bautista says. "I'm hoping maybe the organizations, the NFL, or the owners of the clubs sit down with them.
"I've got employees ... If my employees say something wrong to a customer, I'd be like, 'hey, that's not right. You gotta be humble. You gotta be polite to people.'"
Bautista went on to say that he didn't have a problem with Lawrence not signing the autograph, just that he thought he was disrespectful to his son.
"You guys just beat us and you got my son, who has the guts to approach you as a New York Giants fan, and you disrespect him like that. ... I was like, man, I don't think that was right."
In the video posted on social media, Lawrence is seen telling the boy, "get the right jersey, son," after he had asked for an autograph.
Tank, who originally responded on social media Monday after the video went viral, had an opportunity to speak to reporters on the situation after practice Wendesday.
"Just know. D-Law loves the kids. Don't take no offense about it. It is what it is," Lawrence said.
He added that it's not the first time he's told somebody they're wearing the wrong jersey, before offering an apology to the boy.
"I think what really turned people the wrong way is that I really wasn't paying no attention (to him), and the sadness on the kid's face. I apologize to the kid. (I) didn't mean to hurt your feelings," Lawrence said.
"It’s crazy how you fans want to attack me for not signing for a kid. 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. #SorryNotSorry," Lawrence wrote on Twitter Monday.
Bautista says neither the Giants nor the Cowboys have reached out to him, and he says they're not expecting them to.
TMZ reports that Overtime Athletics US is donating a signed Saquon Barkley jersey to the boy.