DEKALB COUNTY, GA - JULY 09: In this police mug shot from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, Pittsburg Steelers' receiver Hines Ward poses for a mug shot, on July 09, 2011 in DeKalb County, Georgia. According to reports Ward was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. (Photo by DeKalb County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images)

Hines Ward Arrested For Misdemeanor DUI July 8 In DeKalb; Agent Denies Charge

Georgia football great Hines Ward was arrested the morning of July 8 on a DUI charge.

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Ray Rice On Hines Ward's DUI Arrest: 'People Look Up To You, Hines'

Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice has commented for the second time on former Georgia Bulldogs WR Hines Ward's DUI arrest. After tweeting disapproval that got Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark worked up, Rice has affirmed he's standing by his comments.

To the Baltimore Sun, Rice said the following:

People look up to you, Hines. You just were on TV with Dancing with the Stars. Ravens fans were upset that you won Dancing with the Stars but they still watched you. That shows your charisma and character. You've got a legacy in the NFL that no one can take away from you. But if you hurt somebody drunk driving, that takes away a lot.

 Rice has reason to take the issue personally, as he lost a cousin to a drunk driver just over a decade ago. But public comment might not be the best way to chastise Ward, and considering the two play for rival teams some are going to assume it's just aimless trash talk.

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Hines Ward Comments On DUI Arrest, Using Driving Metaphor

Former Georgia Bulldogs WR Hines Ward expressed positive thoughts to his Facebook fans Friday, saying he looks forward to the NFL season and is leaving all DUI matters to his legal representation. Here's Ward's comment, including one part that kind of made me go all HERK: 

Fans - I appreciate all the love and support. Thank you! It means a lot to me. I have a great respect for the legal system and am leaving things in the hands of my attorney. I can't wait for football. I've been working out hard. I want to get back to the big show again this year. We have some unfinished business to take care of. So we will be ready to go when we are given the Green light. Here we go! Hines    

"Green light!" That's a car thing! This is not a very good time to talk about cars. Here's hoping Ward is not found guilty of anything, but let's not bring up driving, cars or things you see while driving cars.

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Hines Ward DUI Arrest Details: Failed Alphabet Sobriety Test After Night At Bottle Bar

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Alexis Stevens provides some details on former Georgia Bulldogs WR Hines Ward's Friday night. According to the report, police spotted Ward's gray Aston Martin bumping a curb and making improper lane changes ("running bad routes," so to speak) before pulling him over to find him looking a little tipsy.

That curious one-note field sobriety test: reciting the alphabet from D through X, which apparently provided Ward with some difficulty.

He was driven to the station by former Dawgs teammate and one-time Atlanta Falcons camp invite Corey Allen after spending the evening at Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia's Buckhead Bottle Bar. This is the most Atlanta-sports DUI report ever.

Ward's agent released a statement Sunday that insisted the Super Bowl MVP and Dancing With The Stars champ was not impaired by alcohol. Based on this side of the story, things don't sound very good, but we'll wait and see.

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Hines Ward's Agent Denies Drunk Driving Charge: 'NOT Impaired By Alcohol'

Via Hines Ward's Facebook page, the former Georgia Bulldogs WR's agent Andrew Ree has issued a statement expressing sadness for the player's Saturday morning DUI arrest while denying Ward was driving drunk. Sounds like Ward's team is planning to contest the charge:

On July 9th Hines Ward was stopped by Dekalb Co. police for suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence. He cooperated fully with the police and truthfully answered all of their questions. We are currently in the process of ascertaining all the facts. 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.

According to reports, Ward was polite to his arresting officers, was allowed to drive himself to the police station*, had a passenger who hadn't been drinking and claimed he'd only had two drinks. He failed a field sobriety test before refusing a breathalyzer test, which equals an automatic booking.

Can't imagine how the reigning Dancing With The Stars champion could fail a field sobriety test if he wasn't actually intoxicated, but that's the claim.

Dawg Sports is kind of losing its mind at this point.

* It's been pointed out that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's story doesn't appear to report Ward drove himself. Reading the sentence in question again, it does seem to say the passenger drove Ward's car. I probably should've read that part an extra time or two, though it has also been interpreted otherwise.

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Hines Ward DUI Arrest A Misdemeanor, According To DeKalb County

Here's something a little more trustworthy than TMZ: according to the DeKalb County Jail's website, Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor DUI, which certainly makes sense considering his lack of a history with this kind of charge, though that also likely means he didn't have any passengers with him.

He was booked into jail just before 4 am ET before paying that $1,000 bond, first reported by TMZ.

Ward's only previous run-in with the law that I'm aware of was when he was handcuffed by police during a hunt for a stolen car. The former Georgia Bulldogs player had been riding with a female who'd reported her car stolen but forgotten to call off the dogs. Oh, hilarious! By all accounts he was courteous and professional during that encounter.

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Hines Ward Arrested For Driving Under The Influence In DeKalb County, According To Report

A long streak without any arrests of Georgia Bulldogs football players appears to have been broken, in a sense. Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers was arrested Saturday morning in DeKalb County for driving under the influence, according to a TMZ report complete with mugshot

According to the report, Ward faced a $1,000 bond, which he posted.

Before you rush to judgment, recall the Derek Lowe incident, which sounded like something out of Fast & Furious at first but turned out to make the police officer look worse than it did the Atlanta Braves pitcher. And let's remember the last time TMZ accused an Atlanta athlete of wrongdoing. Still, those particular scenarios are very rare outcomes as far as this kind of thing goes.

Born in Seoul and raised in East Point, the Atlanta resident's reputation, off the field at least, has been virtually spotless to this point. He's known for his entrepreneurship and international charity work. Oh, and winning some dancing show.

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