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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But it was all a mistake and Hines and the driver were released after cops discovered the stolen vehicle report was way outdated.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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16.

sally    

dwb! nothing new

1235 days ago
17.

Brian Butler    

BTW, TMZ not telling the whole story. The woman reported the car stolen because she could not find it after a late night out. She eventually found the "stolen" car but did not report that information back to the police. TMZ reporting that it was a mistake is slanted.

1235 days ago
18.

Gretchen    

Even though he's a Pittsburgh Steeler, I do have to say that Hines IS a class act!!

1235 days ago
19.

static    

"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it was all a mistake and Hines and the driver were released after cops discovered the stolen vehicle report was way outdated."

No the car was reported stolen by the lady but she "recovered it on her own" and forgot to let the police in on it they should investigate to see if the car was ever really stolen and who did it, either way a crime was committed either grand theft,unauthorized use or filing a false report.

And btw how can a stolen vehicle report be recent AND way outdated at the same time.

1235 days ago
20.

srsly    

agreed, driving while black

1235 days ago
21.

JimmyB    

It was the car owner's fault--she reported her car stolen. Police followed procedure for a stolen car. They have nothing to aplogize for.

Apologies are due to the police and the taxpayer.

1235 days ago
22.

zzyzx    

TMZ, you sound more and more lame every time you say "TMZ broke the story".

There is no story, nothing happened.

1235 days ago
23.

MooCow    

TOTALLY CLASSY is the only way to describe Hines Ward.

1235 days ago
24.

Muppet    

LOL Love the sensationalism by TMZ. They made it sound as if they took Hines out of the car at gunpoint which didn't happen! They also tried to make it sound as if Hines was the only one cuffed! Too funny, nice spin! Got the clicks though didn't it? ;) Everyone involved in this situation handled it appropriately. Good job!!

1235 days ago
25.

Heidi    

Hines Ward = 'ONE CLASS ACT'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1235 days ago
26.

Sondra    

Don't forget Rodney King ran. Anyone who lived in LA at that time knew if you ran from the LA cops when they caught you .... Way to go Hines and the cops.

1235 days ago
27.

No comment    

I am more interested in the idiot woman who reported her car stolen, and then failed to report to police she found it. I would think Hines would date a woman with half a brain... 'Good thing she is pretty'

1235 days ago
28.

DTM    

See, comply with the police and it all gets worked out if you have nothing to hide. If he had an attitude when they stopped him, things would have gone differently...

1235 days ago
29.

Caring Kate    

Kudos to Hines for handling the situation in an intelligent manner. This guy impressed me greatly! I'm now a fan.

1235 days ago
30.

Matt    

Hines Ward is half Korean so all this hes black talk is non sense. Just like our President he is MIXED.

1235 days ago
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