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Rice to Ward on DUI: 'People look up to you'

Posted on: July 19, 2011 1:46 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2011 1:51 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

In the days before Twitter we never would have known Ray Rice's thoughts on Hines Ward's recent DUI arrest. Now information -- no matter how important, innocuous or irrelevant -- literally travels around the globe in seconds, and as news-gathering organizations our biggest job is sifting through it all to find the choicest nuggets.

Rice, a running back for the Ravens, tweeted last week that Ward, a wideout for the Steelers, "will miss week 1 when the lockout ends DUI charge not a good look." As it happens, Baltimore and Pittsburgh face off the first week of the season.

Eight days later, the story is in the news again. The Baltimore Sun caught up with Rice, who is hosting a football camp at Towson University, and he elaborated on his initial tweet.

"People look up to you, Hines," he said. "You just were on TV with Dancing with the Stars. Ravens fans were upset that you won Dancing with the Stars but they still watched you. That shows your charisma and character. You've got a legacy in the NFL that no one can take away from you. But if you hurt somebody drunk driving, that takes away a lot."

There's no disputing those last two sentences, but even as Steelers fans we couldn't bring ourselves to sit through DWTS.

And Rice isn't just speaking from the perspective of a division rival. Drunk driving is a personal issue for him; His cousin was killed by a drunk driver in 1998, and last August he worked with the state of Maryland to campaign against drunk driving.

"Drunk driving is one of those things that hits a soft spot in my life," Rice said. "I don't care if you're a Pittsburgh Steeler or a Baltimore Raven or whoever you are, if you get caught drunk driving, that's not a smart judgment. … We make enough money. It's $150 for a car service for the rest of the night."

All undeniable points, and the last one is mentioned most by fans whenever a professional athlete is arrested for driving drunk.

As for Ward, his manager told TMZ on July 9 that Ward wasn't impaired when he was pulled over. Seven days later, Ward posted the following message to Facebook: “Fans – I appreciate all the love and support. Thank you! It means a lot to me. I have a great respect for the legal system and am leaving things in the hands of my attorney.”

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Rice to Ward on DUI: 'People look up to you'



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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 4:40 am
 

Rice to Ward on DUI: 'People look up to you'

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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 10:22 am
 

Rice to Ward on DUI: 'People look up to you'

Ray why do't you talk with the murdred who used to on your team taht killed a man!! Donte Stallworth



Since: Jul 9, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 4:11 pm
 

Rice to Ward on DUI: 'People look up to you'

what an ego trip this is .  what makes you think people look up to football players that is just assinine.  you all nothing but stupid jocks.
Actually there are plenty of children across the country who look up to football players just like plenty of kids also look up to baseball and basketball players as well. Now you can argue about whether or not children should look up to these guys, but they do and I think it'll always be that way.



Since: Jul 9, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Rice to Ward on DUI: 'People look up to you'

As a diehard Steelers fan, I agree with Ray Rice 100 percent. Driving drunk is never the right thing to do. Bad judgment on the part of Hines Ward because a lot of kids do look up to Hines Ward and quite a few other pro athletes around sports. It's too bad Mr. Rice has had personal experience with drunk driving and I give him props for working with the state of Maryland against it. Whether Hines plays in Week 1 or not, I can't wait for the Ravens and Steelers to be going at it again. It's the best, most fierce rivalry we have in the NFL today. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the Ravens even though they are my team's biggest rival. To be the best though, you have to beat the best and other than the Steelers, I feel like the Ravens are (legitimately) the best team in the AFC year after year.



Since: Dec 26, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2011 1:57 pm
 

Rice to Ward on DUI: 'People look up to you'

what an ego trip this is .  what makes you think people look up to football players that is just assinine.  you all nothing but stupid jocks.



Since: Jul 19, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 11:33 pm
 

Rice to Ward on DUI: 'People look up to you'

AES Just who do you think you are to say no one looks up to Hines Ward? Steeler Nation, his team mates, even his nemisis do, that's who.  Along with the thousands of kids who have been helped by his Helping Hands Foundation.  You want to say how ridiculous players sound?  Your comment was about as stupid as anything I've heard in a long time. 


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