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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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91.

scott    

the police drew their guns on both hines and the driver. r u people able to read????? they both were cuffed not just the BLACK guy!! it didnt have anything to do with race. liscense came back stolen and cops did their job. end of story!!! geez ppl read the article for petes sake. why does anyone say anything about race anymore.. get over it already.....

1182 days ago
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bruce jenkins    

im glad that hines ward is ok and was released. its a shame when you really need a cop if your being mugged or your house is being broken into you can never seem to find a cop when you really need one. who would actually be driving a stolen car out in the open. but the air head female should have remembered to let the cops know that she got her car back.

1181 days ago
93.

Glen    

Why are so many people claiming the race card? Are you saying it's racist to pull over a stolen car if a black guy's in it? What the hell is wrong with you people? And those of you claiming they only ran the plates because he was black . . . do you even know how a cop car works? There's a camera in the front that's constantly scanning the licence plates of any vehicle in range and checking them against the police database and they get an alert if anything comes back, it's pretty standard cop car equipment and i'm pretty sure there isn't a "blacks only" option in the software.

1180 days ago
94.

ccflash850    

HINES WARD IS MARRIED TO SIMONE WARD AND HAVE A 5 YEAR OLD SON

1174 days ago
95.

Jaclyn    

hines is one classy guy!!! and he is as good a dancer as a football player...let's go hines & kym tonight on DWTS!!!

1172 days ago
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