July 09, 2011
Hines Ward(notes), star wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers and widely regarded as one of the NFL's finest citizens, spent part of his Saturday morning in handcuffs after being arrested in Georgia for driving under the influence.
Not a lot of details are available just yet, but Ward was booked into the jail at 3:41 a.m. and then released on $1,000 bond.
Owing to his often violent, physical style of play, Ward is a polarizing figure on the field. Off the field, though, Ward was beyond reproach. He'd done a lot of work to benefit mixed-race children in South Korea, where he was born. President Obama even appointed him to the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Then, of course, Ward danced his way into everyone's heart as he won on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. The popularity he gained there makes his arrest much bigger news than it would have been if he was just a football player.
Mike Freeman of CBS Sports shared his thoughts on Hines:
[Ward's] arrest for alleged driving under the influence is a shock. It really is. Even in this hyper-cynical time, it is. Ward is the last player I'd pick to get busted for this. I've interviewed him probably 15-20 times and more importantly, I've interviewed others about him, and not just Steelers players. If you did a top five list for players respected off the field, Ward would make it.
More details as they become available.
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