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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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76.

tammy    

@Afitz his spokesperson said it wasn't Kym or anybody associated with Kym! But Inside Edition said it was his girlfriend!

1182 days ago
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ShannonRN    

To those people who only think it was only Hines who got cuffed and held up at gun point...that's ridiculous. We've all seen traffic stops before...they pull the car over, order the passengers out at gunpoint, the driver is cuffed and the passenger is cuffed as well until the stories are checked out. They didn't mention the woman was in cuffs, because no one cares about her....but of course....you guys have to make it into a race/sex issue. So obnoxious and ignorant.

1182 days ago
78.

SalsaG    

Where was Ashton Koocher after he got punked.

1182 days ago
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virgosiempre    

LAPD are a disgrace. I am profoundly impressed with the character and decorum of Hines Ward. I will be delighted when he wins that trophy and is back home.

1182 days ago
80.

dAtDude    

Heinz is fake...he is married and that wasnt his wife driving the civic....Dude is known for creepin with alot of random 21-25 girls in the burg

1182 days ago
81.

Just Sayin...    

Was she cuffed?

1182 days ago
82.

virgosiempre    

dAtDude you are an ignorant individual. Let's pretend Hines was dating 24 year old. Last time I checked that age is well PAST legal......Are you jealeous? Hines is hot off and on field....

1182 days ago
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Sweet-t Goins    

if u read the artical in full, both of them were removed from the car at gun point and they were both hand cuffed, hooker please, who gets their car back n dont allert the cops, if u ask me, it sounds kinda shady, TMZ do some more diggin n find out what was really goin on!!!!

1182 days ago
84.

Kabala    

He's really moved up in the world. Will it be a Hyundai Elantra next?

1182 days ago
85.

Sally    

Love Hines. Hope he takes home the trophy in Dancing with the Stars!

1182 days ago
86.

Moti Balyan    

I have the recording of this incident at my station in studio city

1181 days ago
87.

Joan Marie Patrici    

As a 21-year, retired veteran, of CPD, I would like all of you know -- we lose more than 30 percent, of our officers killed on-duty, each year, during traffic stops -- and the "profile" is nothing that you would think of. Yes, it's the thugs, but we have had so called "respectful grandmas, fathers, daughters, etc.." There is no face to when someone is going to pull out a gun and shoot, with no warning.


My advise, if pulled over: Put your hands on the steering wheel. If at night -- turn on the inside light; Tell passengers to be still and not mouth off. Follow the officers instructions. If you do not agree with those instructions, you can always file a complaint later -- not only with the local police department, but with the Attorney General, of your State.

I am proud of Hines and the police officers. Everything, that night, went as should be hoped. The vehicle was reported stolen -- those officers had no idea WHO was in the car -- they conducted the stop textbook

1181 days ago
88.

Ben    

Which is what happens 99.9% of the time when your pulled over and you do NOT have a chip on your shoulder or attitude to show.

Thx Mr. Ward

1181 days ago
89.

Kirk    

Asking for trouble after 2:00 a.m., not exactly what I want my son looking up to. Coach James always said be what you want your kids to be!

1180 days ago
90.

The Breaks    

Hines was on a date with the woman according to eye witnesses at the resturant they went to the night of this event. It was just them two in the resturant, cuddled up. According to sources, they met years ago in Atlanta GA. They left to head somewhere else and got pulled over as soon as they pulled off. She failed to report the car because she left town for work immediatley after reporting it stolen the night the valet moved her car somewhere else. From what I understand, she parked the car in a valet lot in hollywood.. went to an event that didnt end until after the valet lot closed. Unaware that the valet place closed earlier, she came back to pick up her car with her ticket and the place was closed and noticed that the car was not parked where she saw them park it. Auto theft is a big bisness in LA, and theives have been known to hop into cars they dont own at valet lots to then rush over to chop shops. So i am assuming this is what she assumed. Then she made the report that night. Left town and basically neglected to handle that situation when she fogot back into town... That is where she went wrong. Her parking it and forgetting where she parked, then reporting it is all false and minipulated.

As for the type of car they were in? Im sure that Hines didn't mind, considering the fact that she picked him up (since they left the resturant together), and he came alone with her.. So obviously he trusted her enough not to have come with a bodyguard or another guy friend.

There is nothing wrong with a Honda. Some of the best quality cars out here. According to some of the other reports it was a 2010 Honda Si. They are cute for women. Great on gas considering the hikes we are dealing with presently and she is not a celeb. Makes perfect sense. Just a regular woman. Why would she have to roll around in a luxury car to rub her money in anyone's face??

Who she is does not matter.. obviously, because she was not mentioned. If she were in the car by herself and the same thing happened, I am sure that she would have been cleared and would have gone on about her business. But because Ward is rich and famous, the cop made $10k and now the media is blowing things up for no reason.

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