Sometimes Art Rooney II simply must want to shake his head.
Another off season, and another Steelers player in legal trouble — in Georgia no less.
Hines Ward’s agent issued the following statement:
On July 9, Hines Ward was stopped by DeKalb County 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.
That is a pretty strong statement and it is important to note that the charge was DUI and not DWI, the former not even being a felony.
Still, given Roger Goodell’s uneven application of the league’s good conduct policy, one already must entertain the idea Hines Ward could be facing some kind of suspension.