« BACK TO TMZ TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Hines Ward

Man Pleads Guilty

In NFL Star Extortion Plot

4/25/2013 1:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0425_hines_ward_tmz
A 26-year-old Pennsylvania man just pled guilty to trying to extort former NFL star Hines Ward ... but TMZ has learned, he won't get any jail time.

Josh Van Auker pled guilty today to first degree misdemeanor attempted extortion ... after allegedly threatening to release evidence that the former Pittsburgh Steelers superstar paid women for sex. Van Auker allegedly demanded $15,000 for his silence.

He was arrested last October in a sting operation and charged with third degree felony attempted extortion ... but prosecutors agreed to reduce the charge.

Van Auker was placed on two years probation.

For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
16 COMMENTS

No Avatar

1.

IwuvTMZ    

Ward is a douche.

357 days ago
2.

Fred Farkel    

who??

357 days ago
3.

Dobby    

I think Hines is a pretty man.

357 days ago
4.

I LOVE MY NIPPLES    

Guys are STUPID they ALL pay for sex in some way.. like taking a girl out to a nice dinner (hoping for sex), driving a nice car (hoping it will get them laid), pretending they have a good job (hoping that will get them laid). And in the end when the girl BREAKS a guys heart he PAYS emotionally, physically, spirituality and mentally!...So see how STUPID guys are? They ALL PAY for SEX!...hehe ; )

357 days ago
5.

KB    

Next time hire a lawyer to shake him down....he would have paid $100K to make it go away during DWTS

357 days ago
6.

Liz    

I bet a lot of football players pay for sex....the extortionist's mistake was thinking that they'd be embarrassed about that being made public.

357 days ago
7.

6one9    

A GOOD GUY HERE PEEPS!!!!

357 days ago
8.

newsjunkie69    

He can bang me anyday!

356 days ago
9.

ohboy is a retard    

of course his ugly ass has to pay women for sex. duh

356 days ago
10.

LDB    

he has nice teeth

356 days ago
11.

Jamey Hunter    

The lax sentence for extortion is just going to encourage more idiots to take a chance at it.

356 days ago
12.

What!     

I wonder if he's endowed like his dad or mom's side of the family...

355 days ago

Around The Web