Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said the Steelers and the Rooney family were aware of Mr. Ward's arrest but would not comment further. Mr. Ward's agent, Andrew Ree, released this statement:
"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. 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."