UPDATE 9/14, 10:30 a.m. ET: After DeMarcus Lawrence refused to give a kid an autograph, the fan has received a signature from the New York Giants' Saquon Barkley instead. Lawrence was making his way to his bus following a recent Dallas Cowboys game against New York, and when a kid in a Barkley jersey asked for an autograph he was told, "You need the right jersey." Hearing about the situation, Barkley managed to track down the kid in question and get him a signature after all.
As TMZ reports, Barkley seemingly wasn't happy with how Lawrence handled the kid's request. Sources close to the situation have explained that Barkley has invited 11-year-old Kamil Bautista and his family to the team's Nov. 10 game against the New York Jets. Bautista is a fan of the Giants, but he lives in McAllen, Texas, and so Barkley will reportedly fly him out to the game. He will also be treated to a VIP meet-and-greet experience at the MetLife stadium.
Safe to say he'll be getting plenty of autographs this time around.
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As Lawrence was making his way to the bus following Dallas' game against New York, one kid in a Saquon Barkley jersey asked the defensive end for an autograph. Not only did Lawrence dub the request, he also told the kid, "You need the right jersey," further breaking his heart.
This harsh denial drew Lawrence criticism from some fans. Yet, this didn't sway him into apologizing. Instead, he doubled down on his decision by claiming he was being honest with the kid. To him, a Giants fan doesn't deserve an autograph over the thousands of young Cowboys lovers that might not get an opportunity to meet him. He also stated this was the same tough love he'd give his own child and those who have a problem with it need to "suck it up."
The Cowboys won the game against their division rival in convincing fashion. Lawrence came up big in their 35-17 victory, recording a forced fumble, and 0.5 a sack.