Hines Ward's agent denies receiver was impaired

Hines Ward’s agent denies that the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver was impaired when he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early this morning.

"On July 9th Hines Ward was stopped by Dekalb Co. police for suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence,” agent Andrew Ree said in a statement to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “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.”

Ree’s statement says Ward cooperated fully but it’s not known at this point if that means he submitted to a breathalyzer test to determine his blood-alcohol content. The Super Bowl XL MVP and reigning champion on “Dancing With the Stars” was caught by a DUI task force in suburban Atlanta. He was booked into the DeKalb County jail at 3:41 a.m. The sheriff’s office didn’t provide any further details.

The Steelers said that they are aware of the incident but have no comment.

Eventually, we’ll get more details and find out just how far Ward went to cooperate with authorities. He has been released on bond.

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