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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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46.

shut up    

LAPD cop cars run plates automatically all day long. the camera recognizes numbers and buzzes the cops if there is a reason. So all of you who think its suspicious that a black guy got pulled over might not be idiots, but most people think you are. shut up your face. shut them right up

1178 days ago
47.

tylarone    

He is a nice guy, nice dancer, and great at his job. Why do people in the us of a always want to ruin, take out, or destroy the good folks. Do not understand this mentality, your police forces,... or your mindset,...you need to re focus, and listen to intelligent people. period, leave this good guy alone, folks...Live life....

1178 days ago
48.

brushark    

Hines isn't married.... And he was probably doing just what Alison S said, "going home and to bed"! Go Hines... Keep kicking ass on DWTS and then get another SB MVP next February!

1178 days ago
49.

tammy    

i tell you who ever the woman is she is gettin well protected no name called she got to be well known and he protected her! she was driving and he got the gun pulled on him! i believe it's somebody trying to hide their identity!

1178 days ago
50.

Cmt75    

Pretty sure he's not married, but talk about "dating down"...

1178 days ago
51.

tammy    

damn i wonder who the woman was! they told his name and not her's! wow!

1178 days ago
52.

Mork12    

It's called a "FELONY STOP" and they will do this to every single person out on the road in a vehicle reported stolen, It matters not whom you are.
You WILL be removed from vehicle at gunpoint, You WILL have to face away from officers, You WILL be made to lay on ground, You WILL cross your legs and out stretch your arms. You WILL be handcuffed.
At least till the cops can figure out what the hell is going on.

1178 days ago
53.

Rocco    

Great choice in women, Hines. Brains optional.

Did he smile during the entire ordeal ?

1178 days ago
54.

GOLLY    

At least he has not gone on twitter and blamed the police for pulling him over because he's black. Way to Go Hines. be classy.

1178 days ago
55.

MLeone    

Hines is not married. Been divorced since 2008. He is free & clear to do whatever he wants. Love Hines. Go Steelers!!!!!

1178 days ago
56.

efnsteve    

Wait--he was only the passenger, yet HE was the one handcuffed and held at gunpoint? Logic and police practice would suggest the DRIVER of the "stolen" vehicle should be the one facing such aggressive treatment.

Nothing's changed with the L.A.P.D. and now even riding while Black can be hazardous to your health.

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Carolyn, can you even Efn read? THE COPS RAN THE PLATE AND IT CAME BACK STOLEN!!!

You are a nitwit, moron, you name it, you're it. And hey, thanks for playing the race card when there was absolutely no reason to.

The cops were doing their job.

1178 days ago
57.

djr1283    

he could buy 100 honda civics with no problem...

1178 days ago
58.

Whatever    

I hate to say this, but dump this girl. Anyone so stupid as to forget to call off the police because, ahem, your car was NOT stolen by a valet is too dumb to be with. And Hines Ward should never be in a Honda Civic. My first brand new car was a Honda Civic DX and god I loved that car. But it's not suitable for someone as fine as Hines. Driving while black didn't help.

1178 days ago
59.

pegnew    

Sad to break it to y'all but Hines IS married!!! His wife's name
is Simone and they have a five yr.old son named Jaden. The Wards
live in Atlanta and the couple has a charitable foundation that
benefits children of mixed race heritage. Oh Hines, PLEASE don't
be like all those other cheating pro athletes!!! Does the name of
the late great Steve McNair ring a bell???

1178 days ago
60.

tammy    

Pegnew sorry to break it to you he's not married and his son i seven! Him and his wife are not together so do more research because you got this all wrong!

1178 days ago
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