"Drunk driving is one of those things that hits a soft spot in my life," said Rice, who has helped Maryland authorities set up sobriety checkpoints. "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."
Rice added: "We make enough money. It's $150 for a car service for the rest of the night."
Rice's cousin, Myshaun Rice, was a 24-year-old father of two at the time of his death.
Police arrested Ward during a July 9 traffic stop outside Atlanta, when they say he had glassy, bloodshot eyes and failed field sobriety tests. He was pulled over after he left his lane and hit a curb in his Aston Martin, according to the police report.
Ward's manager released a statement following the arrest, refuting the claim that the four-time Pro Bowl receiver and 2011 "Dancing With the Stars" champion was impaired behind the wheel.
Ward, 35, is scheduled to appear Oct. 6 in DeKalb County State Court. He released a statement Friday, thanking fans for their support.
"I didn't put it on Twitter to disrespect," Rice said Monday. "I just said, 'It's not a good look.' Their whole town knows it's not a good look. It doesn't matter what team you play for. When it comes across the ticker that you got arrested for a DUI, it's not a good look."