Hines Ward, who was released on bond Saturday following a DUI arrest, released a statement through his manager that disputed he was impaired by alcohol when he was pulled over.
Here it goes, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:
“On July 9th Hines Ward was stopped by Dekalb Co. police for suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence. He cooperated fully with the police and truthfully answered all of their questions,” the statement reads. “We are currently in the process of ascertaining all the facts.
“From our preliminary investigation we can tell you that we are confident that the facts will show that Hines was NOT impaired by alcohol while driving. However, Hines is deeply saddened by this incident and apologizes to his fans and the Steelers organization for this distraction.”
The police that pulled Ward over after 3 a.m. obviously had reason to believe Ward was drinking. A Steelers spokesman said the team and the Rooney family are aware of the arrest.