News travels fast when it comes to run-ins with the law! Or in Hines Ward's case, mix-ups with the law.
The 35-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver (and current Dancing with the Stars contestant) was held at gunpoint in North Hollywood by LAPD police Thursday, after being pulled over on account of a stolen car report that was mistakenly filed by the owner, Hines's friend, who was driving the vehicle and was with him at the scene.
"It's a scary thing when you have guns pointed at you," the Steelers player told Us Weekly at CBS Studios in L.A. on Monday night following the show.
"The headlines were crazy," he continued. "My mom thought I got shot by police! That's how crazy the stories got. But it's all good! Everything is fine. The LAPD apologized, and we moved on."
Hines and his friend were released after she was able to prove the car was hers. "She had gone somewhere, mis-parked it, reported it stolen and found it later but failed to cancel the police report," an LAPD Seargent told CBSnews.com.
But as focused as any two-time Super Bowl champion should be, the six-foot-tall athlete noted that he wasn't going to let the incident interfere with his performance on the hit TV show. "I didn't want anything like that to be a distraction from my dancing," he said.
And undistracted he was! Ward and his DWTS partner Kym Johnson achieved the second-highest scores in Monday night's competition, with a 28 and 26 from the judges. The pair came right behind Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas and above Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.