Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward should have been on top of the world. His team had just won the AFC Championship, gone to the Super Bowl (and lost) and on top of it, he was this season's winner on TV's Dancing With The Stars. Even with the NFL Lockout, this should have been a time for Ward t relish in the positive publicity.
Unfortunately, Ward could resist the opportunity to have just a little bit too much fun. As former head coach and current NFL analyst Herm Edwards once said, "nothing good happens after 2 a.m." Early Saturday morning, Ward was arrested in Georgia under suspicion of driving under the influence. The time listed on the police report was 3:41 a.m., further confirming Edwards' quote.
According to NFL.com, Ward was released on bail in the amount of around $1,000. While Ravens fans should acknowledge that not even our places have been known as perfect citizens, it is surprising that the supposedly squeaky clean Ward would get himself in this sort of predicament. Ward certainly isn't an honor roll student on teh playing field, if you ask his opponents.
Whether or not this incident results in a suspension for even the first game of the 2011 NFL regular season remains to be seen. That first game, in case you've forgotten, is here in Baltimore against your Baltimore Ravens and I'm sure all Ravens fans would be very disappointed if Ward were unable to play, much less his best friend in purple, Ed Reed.