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Ward's agent: Hines not impaired while driving

Posted on: July 9, 2011 4:34 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2011 4:59 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

This morning, some weird news broke that Hines Ward was arrested in Georgia for driving under the influence.

Everything about the story was strange -- that it was Ward who was (allegedly) committing the criminal act, that it was so close to a potential new labor deal and that it was in Georgia (which has not treated the Steelers well).

But there's apparently a chance it's not as big a deal as previously thought -- Ward's manager Andrew Ree told TMZ on Saturday afternoon that his client didn't, in fact, drive under the influence of alcohol.

"He cooperated fully with the police and truthfully answered all of their questions," Ree said. "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."

Ward doesn't seem like, as Mike Freeman pointed out, the type of guy you'd expect to get nailed like this.

And maybe it'll end up turning out that Ward didn't deserve to get busted and that he didn't do anything wrong.

That'd obviously be good news for everyone in the Steelers organization, Ward and his fans.

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Comments

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2011 11:09 am
 

Ward's agent: Hines not impaired while driving

Havdizzle, I guessing you are another of those CA morons who think that the Dukes of Hazzard was written and filmed in Georgia. ROFLMAO Does Rodney King or ANY of the other little CA racial problems (Watts anyone?) ring a bell? Is that "California being California"? I'm just guessing here, but I'll bet you any number of dollars you wish to bet that whites, hispanics, orientals, and any other ethnic group you care to name have also been arrensted for DUI in Georgia. There is no law enforcement policy ANYWHERE which calls for an officer to pull over a random black man and charge him with DUI. These are guys who perform dangerous work for low pay. Every stop like that has the potential to jeopardize their life. Yet in your little pea brain you draw some assinine parallel between a famous person who happens to be black getting taken in for DUI, and a perception of racism in ths South that is at least 40 years out of date. You, sir, are the bigot, and make no mistake about it.



Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: July 10, 2011 10:24 am
 

Ward's agent: Hines not impaired while driving

Maybe it's a case of Georgia being Georgia (aka racist). It's very possible Hines was under the .08 legal limit but the cop used the vague Georgia law to charge him anyways (basically if you seem to be impaired you can be charged no matter your BAC). 



Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2011 9:49 am
 

Ward's agent: Hines not impaired while driving

candyjeff is obv a complete moron. go back to holdin hands with yer boyfriend and watchin those CLE Browns games you obv recorded...



Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2011 9:37 am
 

Ward's agent: Hines not impaired while driving

Of course you believe him, you're a freaking steeler fan!!!
Now if he wasn't DUI why was he arrested for it? And why was he pulled over in the first place? Was he speeding? Was he driving across lanes? Store doesn't mention anything like that. Time will tell.



Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2011 9:31 am
 

Ward's agent: Hines not impaired while driving

Come on people, of course he's going to deny he was DUI. Local kid, pro athlete and all-around good guy, what's he suppose to do?
Now he gets a high-profile lawyer to get the case thrown out or charges reduced to something less serious and we all get on with our lives.



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2011 7:23 am
 

Ward's agent: Hines not impaired while driving

If he says he wasn't drunk I'll believe him.  Especially considering no BAC report was issued. 



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2011 12:23 am
 

Ward's agent: Hines not impaired while driving

By the way, Dante, "BAC," in this context, presumably stands for "blood alcohol content"--a somewhat significant concept in driving-under-the-influence cases.  But I still can't figure out what you were saying about it.  Maybe you passed out while typing, and your head hit the "submit" button on the way down?  When you wake up, let me know.  (Unless the hangover's too intense, in which case I'll forgive you if you want to skip it.)



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2011 12:16 am
 

Ward's agent: Hines not impaired while driving

he was either drinking or not ... stop with the "he wasnt imparied" you sound silly
Actually, dantezvoice, you're the silly one, apparently.  I believe that in most states--presumably including Georgia--the offense is not in merely having had something to drink; the offense is driving under the influence.  So you're not going to convict him merely by showing he had something to drink. 

... what as the BAC
Say what?  Are you sure you weren't under the influence when you wrote that?  Get to bed.  And hope it's not the police who tuck you in.



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: July 10, 2011 12:09 am
 

Ward's agent: Hines not impaired while driving

Denial is NOT a river in Egypt.....just sayin.....



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2011 12:03 am
 

Ward's agent: Hines not impaired while driving

But there's apparently a chance it's not as big a deal as previously thought -- on Saturday afternoon that his client didn't, in fact, drive under the influence of alcohol.
You're saying it may not be a big deal because his agent claims he wasn't under the influence?  Why didn't you just go ahead and ask Ward's mother instead?  She probably would have told you the same thing.  Anyway, all the agent knows about Ward's guilt or innocence is what Ward told him--along with the police report, maybe.  And I guess the police haven't dropped the charges based on it.

Hines is deeply saddened by this incident and apologizes . . .for this distraction."
But what's he apologizing for if he didn't do it? 

By the way, I'm no Steeler hater; they're my favorite AFC team, and I've always sort of liked Ward--I've even forgiven him for mocking the Eagles by flapping his wings (arms, whatever) after scoring a touchdown against them in 2004.


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