Ward says L.A. police apologized after mix-up over stolen car

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward said Thursday that Los Angeles police apologized to him after briefly detaining him at gunpoint in a mix-up over a reported stolen car.

"There's not a story," Ward wrote in a text message to ESPN. "It was a misunderstanding and the police apologized to me. I didn't get arrested. I don't have a reaction to a non story."

Sgt. Maria Morrison said Ward and a female friend were stopped in her car at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday in North Hollywood because the woman had reported it stolen.

Morrison said Ward was taken from the car at gunpoint and handcuffed until the woman proved the car was hers. The sergeant said the driver reported the vehicle stolen April 19 after forgetting where she had parked it. She later found it but never canceled the report.

Police said Ward was cooperative. The woman's name wasn't released, but she isn't Ward's partner on "Dancing With the Stars."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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