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Hines Ward

Yes, I Am the Father

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

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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16 COMMENTS

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1.

cindi    

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.

669 days ago
2.

heather    

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

669 days ago
3.

Phishie from Philly    

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

669 days ago
4.

jayman419    

Hines Ward is a classy guy. Always has been.

669 days ago
5.

Miley is a whore    

steelers SUCK

669 days ago
6.

Blue Lake    

Too stupid to know how to use a condom.

669 days ago
7.

Concerned about society     

These guys need to tell these girls to swallow more

669 days ago
8.

RachesRules    

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

669 days ago
9.

Sherron    

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...

669 days ago
10.

gossip_grl    

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

669 days ago
11.

GoodOnPaper    

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

669 days ago
12.

Pittsburgh    

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!!!!!!!!!

669 days ago
13.

mya89    

Q ueers

669 days ago
14.

kate    

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.

667 days ago
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Jojo412    

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

122 days ago

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