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Hines Ward(notes) was handcuffed at gunpoint Thursday morning in Los Angeles after police pulled over a car he was in that had been reported stolen.

Take it away, TMZ:

The "Dancing With the Stars" contestant was a passenger in a Honda Civic around 2 AM ... when LAPD officers flipped on their lights and sirens and pulled the car over.

Law enforcement sources tell us cops had run the license plate and noticed the car had been reported stolen.  We're told police drew their weapons ... and ordered both Hines and the female driver out of the car and placed them both in handcuffs.

The female driver then explained ... SHE was the person who reported the car stolen in the first place after an incident involving a valet. But she got her car back ... and forgot to tell cops to call off the alert.

The natural question arises: a Honda Civic? Hines couldn't spring for the Accord for he and his lady friend? I know the lockout has made it tough for NFL players, but come on.

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TMZ reports that once police cleared up the mess, Ward and his friend were allowed to leave the scene. The Steelers wideout was "very cooperative and understanding" during the incident.

Ward is one of five celebrities left in ABC's reality dance competition. Well, four if you don't include Chelsea Kane.

Before you jump to any conclusions about this story, Ward's teammate Rashard Mendenhall(notes) would caution that you have an open, honest discussion about it that consists of doubting the validity of anything said by somebody in a position of authority and coming up with bogus alternative theories that don't make sense on any rational level.

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