Coleman family pleased after attending Sunday's Cowboys game following team's apology
COLEMAN, Texas - Despite vowing to never watch a game, a Coleman family says they'll forever be Dallas Cowboys fans after going to Sunday's game.
Two weeks ago Michael Walters told KTXS his disabled daughter was discriminated by security at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. But Walters said Tuesday the Cowboys organization righted a wrong.
The organization invited his family to their Christmas Eve game against the Seattle Seahawks. They sat in the front row and walked around the filed before kick off.
"Everybody treated her like gold, the fans, everybody did," Walters said describing his 5-year-old daughter Mackey, who has cerebral palsy.
Walters made a Facebook video Dec. 8 criticizing security for treating Mackey unfairly. The family went to AT&T stadium at the time to watch his son's peewee football game.
Walters said the staff confused his daughter's wheelchair for a stroller and would not allow her to sit in the front row seats the family purchased tickets for.
After KTXS aired a story on the incident, the Dallas Cowboys called the Walters to apologize.
"We hope that this doesn't happen to any other family," Codi Walters said of the incident involving her daughter. "That everybody, you know, gets treated the same."
Walters said the team gave his family free gear, including a pair of Cowboys boots.
"It was really nice of them," Michael Walters said. "They went above and beyond to make it right."
While he's appreciative of the kindness, he said he hopes his original message doesn't get lost in the mix.
"The point of the story was to help parents stand for the handicapped and to show the world that they belong," Walters said. "That's what it was all about."
Besides his daughter and wife, Walters said his mother who is a lifelong Cowboys fan also went to the game.