LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Police said Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Hines Ward was briefly detained at gunpoint in a mix-up over a reported stolen car early Thursday morning.
Sgt. Maria Morrison said Ward and a woman friend were stopped in her Honda Civic just before 2 a.m. in North Hollywood because the woman had reported it stolen.
Morrison said Hines was taken from the car at gunpoint and handcuffed until the woman proved the car was hers.
Ward and the woman were both released.
The sergeant said the driver reported the vehicle stolen on April 19 after forgetting where she had parked it. She later found the car but never canceled the report.
Police said Ward was cooperative and understanding. The woman's name wasn't released, but she isn't Ward's partner on "Dancing With the Stars."
Ward's rep., Andrew Ree, told "People" magazine, "It was an obvious mistake. The police were doing their job."