Well, Ray Lewis predicted this, when left with no football to occupy their lives, NFL stars will turn to breaking the law to fill their time. That's just what Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward apparently did when he was arrested early Saturday in Georgia on a drunken driving charge, according to sheriff's officials.
OK, so maybe a DUI isn't exactly what Ray Lewis had in mind but it is a violation of a law within our society, and one that (probably) wouldn't have been done if Hines was safely tucked into his bed wore out from practice.
According to jail officials, the former SuperBowl MVP and reigning Dancing with the Stars champ was released on $1,300 bond, though the sheriff's office website said his bond was set at $1,000. The Sheriffs office also said that it had turned over paperwork to the courts and couldn't release any further information about the player's arrest.
The star himself is denying that this was an alcohol related incident and it is being implied that perhaps Ward gave the appearance of impaired driving due to texting. The wideout has repeatedly made mention of his texting while driving habits on his Facebook page.
"How many of you guys and gals text while driving?" Ward asked on Facebook. "I am bad at doing that. It's very unsafe. Help remind me from time to time to stop texting, tweeting, or facebook while driving. Let's help each other!"
While it is currently not clear if Ward has acquired legal representation at this time, Ward's marketing agent and attorney, Andrew Ree, did release a statement Saturday afternoon.
"(Ward) cooperated fully with the police and truthfully answered all of their questions … 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," the statement read. "However, Hines is deeply saddened by this incident and apologizes to his fans and the Steelers organization for this distraction."
The Steelers themselves, reported through their spokesman Burt Lauten, have said that they are aware of the incident, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, but added they would not comment further.
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