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Hines Ward

'Cuffed At Gunpoint

The VIDEO

5/7/2011 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained surveillance footage showing NFL superstar Hines Ward being taken into police custody around 1:30 AM Thursday morning ... while police had their GUNS DRAWN.

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The video clearly shows the female driver of a Honda Civic pulling into a gas station in Studio City, CA followed by a police car. The woman emerges from the vehicle and complies with the cops ...laying face first on the ground as officers ordered Ward out of the car. 

Ward -- who was described as "cooperative" -- kept his hands in the air during the incident and followed orders until cops placed him in handcuffs.

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After Hines was taken into custody, two cops approached the passenger side of the car with their guns drawn and took a closer look inside the vehicle. But they both quickly holstered their weapons once they realized nobody else was inside. 

TMZ broke the story ... cops pulled the car over because it had recently been reported stolen. But it was all a mistake and Hines and the driver were released after cops discovered the stolen vehicle report was way outdated.

Hines eventually released a statement saying, "The police were just doing their job. Apologies were made, and it's now in the past. Moving forward."

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1.

frankies mom    

First!

1080 days ago
2.

dh    

Protocol for felony stop.

1080 days ago
3.

Jim    

A woman married to a cop is four times more likely to suffer from physical domestic abuse and 6 times more likely from emotional abuse. If you're dumb enough to marry a cop then you're dumb enough to get what comes your way.

And while you're at it go for a bicycle ride on the 405.

1080 days ago
4.

aldee    

Don't know much about Hines Ward other than what I've seen on DWTS, but now I do. The man has character. Thanks Hines for restoring my faith in the fellow man.

1080 days ago
5.

Mark Proctor    

It was handled well by all involved.

1080 days ago
6.

Cheese    

His momma raised him good!

1080 days ago
7.

Brian    

Class act Hines. Respect for you, for being Mature.

1080 days ago
8.

Areader    

This entire episode was handled well by all involved!

1080 days ago
9.

lvslezak    

good job Hines...class act. this should score you even more votes on DWTS.

1080 days ago
10.

Studley Buck    

Hines Ward is a classy guy. Cops are low-life.

1080 days ago
11.

glittzz    

With what happened to Rodney King he might have been thinking, wtf.

1080 days ago
12.

Mork12    

LOL, I love how TMZ keeps trying to sensationalize cops with GUMS DRAWN, after posters have repeatedly pointed out that this is considered a "Felony Stop" and is perfectly normal operating procedure.

1080 days ago
13.

NevadaDirtRider    

This was a properly performed felony stop.

1080 days ago
14.

Sandy    

Hines, you're a great role model... As you said they were doing their job.... You handled it like a man! Kudos to you!

1080 days ago
15.

texas    

Kudos to Ward for being a class act and accepting the apology and moving on.

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