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Hines Ward held at gunpoint by cops in not-a-stolen-car mix-up

May 5, 2011 |  4:11 pm

Hines Ward of "Dancing With the Stars" — whom some might know better as a Super Bowl MVP who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers — was held at gunpoint by police early Thursday in L.A. in what turned out to be a mix-up about a car that hadn't been stolen.

The "Dancing With the Stars" contestant was a passenger in a Honda Civic that was being driven by its owner, a woman who had called the cops last month to report the car stolen after a restaurant valet couldn't find it, then neglected to call off the cops after it was found. She was not identified.

The officers who pulled the car over around 2 a.m. held Ward and the woman at gunpoint and handcuffed them while they sorted out the situation, a police spokeswoman said.

Ward seemed gracious and zen about the situation, despite the guns and cuffs. "I want everyone to know that this was a complete misunderstanding," he said on Twitter. "The police were just doing their job. Apologies were made and it's now in the past."

Law enforcement, incidentally, gave Hines a "10" for being cooperative and understanding during the incident, according to TMZ. Check him out above, sans handcuffs, dancing the tango with "Dancing With the Stars" partner Kym Johnson.


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Reuters contributed to this report.