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NFL Star Hines Ward -- Handcuffed at GUNPOINT

5/5/2011 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Pittsburgh Steelers superstar Hines Ward was removed from a vehicle at gunpoint by LAPD officers and placed in handcuffs this morning in L.A. -- but he was NOT arrested ... TMZ has learned.

Hines Ward

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.

We're told the officers verified her story -- and eventually let both Hines and the driver leave without further incident.  Law enforcement sources tell us Hines was VERY cooperative and understanding about the situation.

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31.

Muppet    

Pulling out the race card in this instance is silly. They cuffed him because the car was stolen. You can bet the woman driver was also cuffed! Putting that in this story wouldnt' generate all the controversy now would it?
It was a stolen car = cuffed
Situation cleared up = let go
Why are people having such a fit over this? lol

1236 days ago
32.

jaicarver    

They Better not Hurt my Boy...Or we're Gonna have BEEF :)

1236 days ago
33.

Cippy I Teran    

HAHAHA!! Hines has the luck of Cippy!!! hahahah!! His female friend forgot to call her vehicle in that it was returned! it was on file as Stolen! so when they ran plates, the guns were drawn!! yup! Happened to me one year also! Wasn't my ride and I didn't Know?! hahha!! Que Pendejo!!!! lol....

1236 days ago
34.

dd    

Get rid of her she's too dumb!

1236 days ago
35.

Marcy    

Sounds like a bad date. Celebrities should know the people that they hang out with. Kudos to Hines for being a gentleman.

1236 days ago
36.

Cippy I Teran    

HAHAHA!! Hines has the luck of Cippy!!! hahahah!! His female friend forgot to call her vehicle in that it was returned! it was on file as Stolen! so when they ran plates, the guns were drawn!! yup! Happened to me one year also! Wasn't my ride and I didn't Know?! hahha!! Que Pendejo!!!! lol....

1236 days ago
37.

MMF    

What a bunch of angry people.
I can't belive an entertainment website blog can create so much drama and bickering.
Grow up people.

1236 days ago
38.

Samantha    

Wow, just because Hines has some money does not mean hes to good to sit in a Honda Civic.Some people geez...

1236 days ago
39.

Tony    

@ CarolynB You're silly. Police pulling over a stolen car have to assume ALL occupants are a threat... as it's stolen. The headline sensatinalizes that he was cuffed at gunpoint likely since nobody cares who the female(non celeb) was, and reporting about her would be pointless. They would have BOTH been treated in this manner as dangerous suspects in a stolen vehicle.

Don't play the race card on this. I'd expect that 3 caucasian males be treated in this manner, should they be found in a stolen car.

1236 days ago
40.

Timec    

i had a car reported stolen once and they never found it.... and they doing this all over a honda civic ? when they asked her to provide lic, insurance and registration they should have found out the car was hers. the gun handcuffs and mega phone should have been for people who werent corporative.

1236 days ago
41.

mark G    

CarolynAB, so you can't read or have a terribly short attention span. BOTH were handcuffed according to the article. Kudos to Hines for keeping his cool. That is not the time to be a hot head and make things much worse. The woman not reporting the car was NOT stolen after all resembles Carolyn not reading the article and jumping to her own airhead conclussion

1236 days ago
42.

Big J    

Of course Hines was cooperative! That's just how he rolls! He's a class act!

1236 days ago
43.

sj    

Well at least we now know the rumors about him dating his gorgeous dance partner kym Johnson are not true as he wouldn't be stupid enough to cheat on her with a one night stand!!!

1236 days ago
44.

Erv    

LOL @ the cops being Ravens Fans, DWB does exist, but not in this case, cops probably run everyones tags at 2am, The Steeler players love the ladies, thats why they won the AFC lol.

1236 days ago
45.

Mike Sarasota    

Love vance class guy all the way....Great role model for young people..

1236 days ago
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