The Associated Press reported that Ward was booked into the DeKalb Couty Jail early Saturday morning and charged with driving under the influence. He was later released on bond.
Ward’s manager Andrew Ree released a statement saying that the reigning ‘DWTS’ champion cooperated with police fully but was not under the influence at the time of the arrest.
“From our preliminary investigation we can tell you that we are confident that the facts will show that Hines was NOT impaired by alcohol while driving. However, Hines is deeply saddened by this incident and apologizes to his fans and the Steelers organization for this distraction.”
Hines Ward was not the only NFL player to get arrested over the weekend. NFL fans and analysts alike were stunned to hear that former Titans and Cowboys cornerback Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones was arrested once again, this time for resisting arrest and public intoxication.
For those who don’t remember, ‘Pacman’ began his career as Tennessee’s first round pick in 2005, only to find himself beset by off-the-field issues including at least a half-dozen arrests and more than 10 incidents that required police intervention.
Jones sat out during the 2009-10 season after a short but equally tumultuous stint with the Dallas Cowboys, but was finally signed by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010.
For a player who has consistently been given second chances, his behavior has done little to disprove critics who claim he is a cancer to whichever team makes the mistake of signing him. Pacman vehemently denied the charges when he spoke to WCPO-TV after being released from jail.
“I just had surgery, so why would I be resisting arrest? It’s ridiculous, man. I keep on going through the same thing, and it don’t make no sense.
“Only thing I can do is be me and do what I’m supposed to do, but I was not yelling at the police. I did not yell profanity at the police. And at the end of the day ... I’m the bad guy.”
It leads one to wonder, was Ray Lewis right when he said that crime would rise as the NFL lockout continued to drag on?
While Lewis did not specify whether it would be players or fans who would perpetrate this ‘crime,’ having thousands of NFL players around the country sitting on their hands with nothing to do and plenty of money to spend seems to be a recipe for disaster.
“Do this research if we don’t have a season. Watch how much evil — which we call it a crime — watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game.”
I certainly wouldn’t want to be blamed for taking something away from Ray Lewis, nor Hines Ward. As the clips below would attest, it might not be good for one’s health.
Some players, like Chad Ochocinco, have taken the lockout as an opportunity to try some new sports, I hope more players explore that route rather than taking to the streets in protest for a lost season.