Ward’s Agent: ‘Not A Crime To Drink And Drive’

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Hines Ward’s agent is downplaying his client’s recent DUI arrest.

Ward was arrested early Saturday morning near Atlanta after he reportedly hit a curb while weaving in his Aston Martin.

However, his agent said that doesn’t mean that Ward was impaired by alcohol.

According to a police report, the officer reports a strong odor of alcohol coming from Ward’s car. His eyes were allegedly bloodshot red and a breathalyzer shows he blew a .128 blood alcohol level, which is far over the legal limit of .08.

Andrew Ree told KDKA-TV’s Paul Martino that everyone is making too big of a deal out of this.

In an explanation that only a lawyer can make, Ree pointed out that it’s not a crime to drink and drive. The crime is to drive when you are impaired.

Ree said Ward was definitely not impaired.

Ward has a stellar reputation off the field. From working with bi-racial kids in his native South Korea, to serving on President Barack Obama’s advisory commission on Asian-Americans, to recently winning the “Dancing with the Stars” title, Ward is highly regarded among NFL players.

However, that reputation was tarnished along a highway in DeKalb County, Ga. Saturday morning when he was handcuffed, arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

According to TMZ, Ward’s night started at the Oasis gentleman’s club. Later, he went to the Buckhead Bottle Bar.

TMZ quotes both employees and patrons as saying Ward did not appear to have any problems walking or talking.

Just a few miles away from the Buckhead Bottle Bar, Ward was arrested for driving under the influence.

His agent said Ward never took a breathalyzer.

He was released on $1,300 bond and a hearing has been scheduled for October.

Ward will likely face a one-year suspension of his driver’s license for refusing a breathalyzer.

As for the NFL, there won’t be any discussion of discipline for Ward until after the lockout.


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One Comment

  1. Junebug says:

    TRADE HIM! Come off your high horse and come down to reality! It’s a DUI to anyone else. He wasn’t much of a factor for us last year. Stick to Dancing!

    1. Anonymous says:

      u r an idiot

    2. Jim66 says:

      Really? What Planet are you from?

    3. Harley says:

      Only an uneducated person would drive an Astin Martin drunk, the British are crying.

    4. PrairieGirl says:

      It is the only time he is light on his feet!

    5. PrairieGirl says:

      He does have a nice smile!

      1. goldie782 says:

        nice smile with getting away a crime

  2. rockatophat says:

    What is an ‘unofficial’ breathalyzer test? He either blew or he didn’t. I for one, don’t trust the breathalyzer test because it may be 1) faulty 2) read by a police officer who may be faulty. And I don’t even drink, but I still don’t trust police or their use of equipment. Especially in DeKalb county Georgia or any where south of the Mason Dixon line. Not fond of southerners period. I use to live in the south, you know what they call the civil war? The war of northern aggression. That shows how much they know considering the war was started at Ft. Sumter, last time I checked, that was in the south. They hate Yankees…my first day on the job I was asked: “Are you that n-gg-r loving Yankee they just hired?” (That is verbatim) I said, yes that would be me.

    1. Anonymous says:

      You’re ignorant.

    2. swillie says:

      Rockatophat, Not only do you sound stupid but most likely a Drunk yourself.

  3. john says:

    what a Dumb comment why would you trade him, he is a great WR and still a Great person he made a mistake I guess Junebug you ar the perfect angle get over it dude ward made his first mistake as a steelers

    1. kristy says:

      wow – you really have the “hots” for this guy, don’t you? i’m bettin’ you wouldn’t have the same feelings if it were a non-celebrity who was caught driving while drunk, huh?

  4. Mike Radabaugh says:

    Hmmm guess you have to agree with his agent to get your comments posted here.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I don’t see that trademark stupid smile on him in the mugshot. IDIOT!

    1. Thumb Tacks says:

      But he’s got those stupid trademark upholstery tack earrings in…..Dance,Bojangles

  6. Anonymous says:

    With all the money he’s making, HIRE A DRIVER! So much for a role model. He should stay in Georgia! Wheres the grin now! I love it! Get a life people he’s just another professional thug!

  7. John says:

    His attorney is only making matters worse for his PR. Accept that you made a stupid mistake, claim you’re changed, do community service (guest speak somewhere on the dangers of dui), and continue your huge paychecks. If the public forgave Ben so quickly for what he did, I’m sure this will be forgotten in a month.

  8. chance says:

    His lawyer is a bufoon. What a ridiculous statement! The crime is to drive when you are impaired. No… the crime is driving when exceeding the legal limit. IT WAS A CRIME!

  9. get over it says:

    Really, who cares!!! There are tons of people with DUI’s that we never hear about. He is no more important then anyone else except he plays football instead of operates an aircraft or works in a mill. People need to stop making these people so important. In 100 years, no one is going to care!!!!

    1. Anonymous 2 says:

      If you don’t care why are you making a statement? So you are of the ‘everyone else is doing it so why can’t I’ mentality.

  10. Ace Slick says:

    If you or I were caught driving our $250,000 Aston Martin drunk and blew a .128, we would be in jail and never see the car again.

    But what really gets about this whole Steeler thing is after the season is over, the players can’t wait on second to take their millions and high tail it down to places like Atlanta and spend their money there. Don’t ever see Hines in his Aston around here, do ya’?

    Then he’ll drive drunk, the fans will forgive him, make him a millionaire, then after the season, off to his mansion in another city other than ours.

    1. kristy says:

      i agree. these halfwits, i’m sure, don’t stay in pittsburgh and help the economy when the football season’s over.

  11. PENS FAN says:


  12. Big Daddy Kahuna says:

    The guy thinks he is above the law and he is a Whiney Hiney. Get rid of him once and for all. His talent is portable.

  13. Anonymous says:

    own up!!! he did it… deal with it!!

  14. bettygerbil says:

    wheres madd on that statement i have zero tolerance for any dui or drunk maybe they should lose a loved one killed by a drunk driver to see the hell u go thru

  15. Anonymous says:

    I really think that we, as a city, need to start expecting more from our athletes. I know I’ll get the “we don’t pay these people to be stellar citizens, we pay them to play a sport” arguements, but the fact remains that these players are role models for our children and teens.

    Every day, you see more and more people of a wide variety of ages getting behind the wheel after having one, two or three “too many” and causing horrible damage, injuries, or worse.

    Shouldn’t we demand that those who are in the spotlight in Pittsburgh (and happily collecting the money that we pay for tickets, sports merchandise and the like) be held to a higher standard? It’s sad to think that this will be swept under the rug…

    1. bob says:

      Parents should be role models not people the kids do not know. Give these kids a mom and a dad and they would not need these “role Models”.

      1. Anonymous 2 says:

        I agree with Anonymous 100%.

        Parents are not the only role models in a kids life. Even the best parents have kids who look up to sports celibrities. Face it Mom and Dad are boring, many kids want to play sports and dream of playing sports and aspire to be like their favorite sports star.

        The only people who look up to those who have DUIs are the drunks in this town who don’t recognize how bad their own behavior is. Some of these posts, obviously from others who have had a DUI, are ridiculous. How anyone can think that DUI is ok and can be brushed off is beyond me. Obviously, if you are running into curbs as the story states you are impared. It is nothing other than pure dumb luck that it was a curb versus a person.

    2. kristy says:

      i totally agree with you. i’ve enough of these overpaid, overhyped sports “gods,” who get paid millions for simply tossing and catching a ball. the sad fact is that these kids can have the best parents in the world, and they’re still going to look up to these people. having money and fame turn their heads, and their lifestyles seem far more glamorous than mom’s and dad’s. no wonder these kids love these football players – the parents act like slobbering fools regarding “their” precious steelers, and kids mimic what they see.

  16. A.Bunker says:

    Hines who?

    1. PiggyBoy says:

      The ladys name is Hines Ward. He works at J.C. Pennys.

  17. Take Out The Trash says:


  18. Grow up! says:

    That comment Ree made about drinking and driving is not a crime was absolutely absurd!!!!!! Hines grow up and take responsbility and act like the “role model” you say you are. It’s getting really tiresome watching these athletes break the law and get away with it. What it comes down to is they may be talented when it comes to sports, but they are just like any other criminal, alcoholic, rapist ( Ben) they just get away it!

  19. bob says:

    How do they know he was .12 when he did not take the breathalyzer test?

    1. Dave says:

      He took the initial breatalyzer. But they administer a second one later to verify that the reading wasn’t because you just immediate consumed something with alchol as that will affect the initial reading. He then refused the second test, most likely back at the station.

  20. Johnny says:

    Uh Bob, it says right in the story that he blew a .128 in to the breathalyzer.

    1. Carolina Yankee says:

      Oh yeah, and the media NEVER reports ANYTHING that isn’t the ABSOLUTE truth!

  21. PiggyBoy says:

    Mr. Hines Ward has been an excellent baseball player over the years. He is also quite a “player” I hear too. Maybe he will be able to work at J.C. Pennys this fall. Hopefully, he’ll be back at baseball.

  22. kristy says:

    i LOVE bob barker! SPAY AND NEUTER! i really don’t think about drew carey or jimmy carter. i LOVE jimi hendrix! i’m sorry that you lost your toothbrush.

  23. FedUp says:

    This is the most ridiculous comment I’ve ever heard in my life . . . that it’s not a crime to drink and drive. Tell that to the families of victims of DUI’s. TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. We put these stupid athletes and movie stars on a pedestal and think it’s okay. With their stature, they have a RESPONSIBILITY to make a good example to those who look up to them. Shame on him. Get off your high horse, Hines, stay out of the freakin’ strip clubs, and GROW UP. You can turn this negative into a positive, so MAN UP and do the right thing — TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS. I’m so sick and tired of these high priced attorneys spinning the truth and working out these ridiculous plea agreements. I’m sickened by his bad choices — shame on you, Hines.

  24. K. Isaac says:


  25. thoughts says:

    to wards agent: your a dips*#t. do you know how many kids look up to Ward and your telling them its not illegal to drink and drive. Tell that to all the parents who have lost thier children to drunk drivers. You could have possibily caused more harm than good. You know I am thinking agents cause more problems for players than the actual players. He could have just
    said sorry and it would have been done. Now his dumb agent says something stupid like that. comments anyone?

  26. Brian says:

    If it is not a crime, then why do we have limits? Cut the bum, the NFL is a joke, all rich, egotists. NFL should have mandatory 1 year suspension, no need for this type of behavior, should also ban alcohol at all games and tailgating. Why do you have to get drunk to watch a football game?

    1. junebug says:

      I agree. It’s time these overpaid athletes take responsibility for there actions! He sucks anyway can anyone say cheap hits, that all hes good for. Stay in Atlanta and spent all the money Pittsburgh is giving you! What a JOKE he is!

  27. Seriously says:

    Not a crime to drink & drive? Tell that to the family and friends of a very nice young man with a very promising future that I knew who was beheaded when the drunk driver’s truck crossed the center line and went over the young man’s car.

    1. Seeking balance says:

      EXACTLY. Comments like the lawyers are stupid, inconsiderate. Just OWN UP TO IT!! Hand over you license, pay your fine, and APOLOGIZE & stop making excuses/justifications! Just makes you look MORE like an idiot.

  28. megan says:

    if they have his blood alchol level as .128 and he is saying he didnt take a breathlizer then how did they come up wit that number. and it is a crime to drink and drive i mean when he hit that curb what if a person was standing there and he hit them or if the police didtn keep going and he got into a crash. he may have looked fine butthat doesnt mean he wasnt drunk. i love Hines Ward but i mean cmon this doesnt look good. bit i mean its not the end of the world for him he will still b loved and play football. he made a mistake and i mean good thing he did get pulled over before anything bad good have happened. his lawyer is making it worse than it already is tho.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Last year I couldn’t wear my Ben Jerseys. Now I don’t wanna wear my Ward Jersey. He blew over the limit! You are driving an Ashton. You can’t afford a Cab or a personal driver even!? What a joke. These athletes are all idiots. I guess Dancing With The Stars pushed him over the top, he know thinks he’s above the law. You just had a Parade thrown for you in Pittsburgh over a Dancing show and then you Drink & Drive!? Anyone that has lost someone in a Drunk Driving incident is appalled.

  30. lily says:

    If he is saying he wasnt drunk why not take the second test or a blood test???

    1. Anonymous says:

      too late for that

  31. JA says:

    Please, Hines, if you are reading any of this, tell your agent to stop talking… he’s only making it worse! If you were impaired, it is what it is… I have no doubt Ben was probably drunk when he crashed his motorcycle here in the city but because he was injured and he was here in the city, no one really made anything of it. And obviously he was drunk in GA… Lord knows he’s no angel! Just do your time and move on… people forget so easily… one touch down catch and you’ll be golden again. Still luvin ya man!!!

  32. Anonymous says:

    He did what he did, bad judgement as it is. He can pay his fines, maybe give some lectures on the evils of driving impaired end of story.

  33. jimc5499 says:

    I can’t believe the amount of ignorance here. His lawyer is correct. It is not a crime to drink and drive. It is a crime to drive with a BAC of above .08. Everything that I have seen is that an alcohol detector was used when he was stopped and that he refused a breathalyzer at the Police station. The detector used at the scene isn’t admisable in Court, only the one used at the Police station is. Since breathalyzers are notoriously inaccurate and do not measure the amount of Ethyl Alcohol in the blood. They measure the amount of certain Methyl groups. These can include, gasoline, rubbing alcohol, naptha, MEK, and acetone to name a few. How about we wait to see how things come out, before we declare someone guilty. Everything that I have stated here, concerning the accuracy of brethalyzers, can be confirmed at the DUI Blog website. You might also want to read the sections on field sobriety tests and pre-written arrest reports. The statements about blood shot eyes and a glassy stare were taken verbatim from one of those pre-written reports. 5 will get you 10 that the video of Hines’ arrest gets lost.

    1. HinesStinks says:

      Ok genius, so why then did he refuse to take the real breathalyzer if he wasn’t drunk? Moron

      1. jimc5499 says:

        Because the reading on the breathalyzer would have been used against him even if it was inaccurate. This is one of the problems with current DUI law. The breathalyzer is assumed to be judge, jury and executioner. There are cases in court to make the manufacturers of breathalyzers produce thier source code to allow these machines accuracy to be verified by independant sources.

  34. PrairieGirl says:

    You are RIGHT JUNEBUG! Trade him

  35. Anonymous says:

    I am very sad about this..he was the last of the Steelers I loved. If he is guilty…he should just say so.

  36. Jeeperz says:

    Dear Hines-

    Your agent is an idiot. That is all.


  37. Burghnerdman says:

    Drinking and Driving is a crime in all 50 states. If you break the law, suffer the penalty. We are a people ruled by law, not by man. At least we are supposed too be anyway.

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