Hines Ward thanks fans, says he'll leave DUI to his lawyer

Hines Ward hasn’t submitted to an interview, but the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver has made his first comments since his arrest last weekend in Georgia on charges of drunken driving.

Ward took to his personal Facebook page to send a message and thank fans. They responded, too, with more than 2,000 comments.

Fans — I appreciate all the love and support," Ward wrote on the page. "Thank you! It means a lot to me. I have a great respect for the legal system and am leaving things in the hands of my attorney. I can't wait for football. I've been working out hard. I want to get back to the big show again this year. We have some unfinished business to take care of. So we will be ready to go when we are given the Green light. Here we go!”

Ward’s attorney denied that the Super Bowl XL MVP was impaired. According to police, Ward ran his Aston Martin into the curb and failed field-sobriety tests before his blood-alcohol level was measured at .128, more than 1.5 times the legal limit of 0.08.

Ward is yet another player who could face potential discipline from the NFL for violating the personal conduct policy, even though his alleged transgression happened during the lockout.

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