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Hines Ward

Yes, I Am the Father

12/23/2012 6:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1019_hines_wardFormer NFL star Hines Ward doesn't need Maury Povich to tell him he's a father -- he already knows it and he's filed court papers to make it official ... TMZ has learned.

As TMZ first reported, a woman named Melanie Smith filed a complaint in Georgia to establish Ward as the father of her daughter Jordyn, born in January 2011.

But it was all just a formality. In his response, Ward says he submitted to a blood test shortly after the girl was born and the kid turned out to be his. Ward says Smith is entitled to receive child support from him, but says he's provided "substantial" support so far, despite there being no court order in place.

Ward says he and Smith are trying to hammer out an official agreement on support, custody (he wants joint legal and physical) and parenting time outside of the court. Ward says he has been able to spend a lot of time with his daughter so far and would like it to remain that way.

Sorry Maury, maybe next time.

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This is a true man...he has stepped up to the plate and is taking care of his responsibility. Good for him...hopefully she doesn't become greedy like all the other gold digging whores in this country.

672 days ago


Love you hines ward. you will be a great dad. good luck.

672 days ago

Phishie from Philly    

I wanted to see the results on Maury Povich!
Phishie from Philly

672 days ago


Hines Ward is a classy guy. Always has been.

672 days ago

Miley is a whore    

steelers SUCK

672 days ago

Blue Lake    

Too stupid to know how to use a condom.

672 days ago

Concerned about society     

These guys need to tell these girls to swallow more

672 days ago


Amazing! He never had a father, yet he still knows how to act like one! He should give lessons.

672 days ago


Finally a man who is stepping up to the plate and taking responsibility. That being said with all the birth control methods I can't help but think these women get pregnant purposely! For the $ of course...

672 days ago


This isn't the same Melanie Smith who took T.O. to court for child support in GA, is it??

672 days ago


keep it in your pants boys. when you've got a decent paycheck - you are a targeted meal ticket.

672 days ago


If Hines is such a class act, he should start spending time and parenting Jia, his other daughter who is also a year old. Be a MAN Hines!!!!!!!!!

671 days ago


Q ueers

671 days ago


would like to see pictures of hines jaden and little sister. maybe he's not so proud of bringing a child into this world, support isn't the only thing a child needs.

669 days ago


Will his son and two daughters be at his wedding this summer? Too cute if both will be little flower Girls! Good for Hines for finding someone he wants to settle down with. It's a shame he let his first wife get away if he knew her since high school and the mother of his son cause she is a real beauty but hope things worked out for her as I see she has her own career when I was at a game. That's great that he found a woman he is marrying that must be accepting of his mutiple children but I guess they were before her. That's great he is stepping up to be a father to all of his kids

125 days ago

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