News that Hines Ward was picked up for DUI in Georgia Saturday morning shocked some Steelers fans.
In fact, Pro Football Talk actually went as far as to say that Ward's reputation would take a hit.
The question is, why?
While I don't condone driving under the influence, there's likely not one person who is reading this post who has not driven after having one too many.
Again, I'm not condoning Ward's alleged actions. He's 35 years old and should know better. And he's rich enough that he could have hired a driver or called a taxi - no matter how far he had to go.
Ward made an error in judgment. And judging from the number of DUI arrests that appear in the Observer-Reporter on a weekly basis, he's not alone in that error.
And for those of you wondering if the Steelers or NFL will have some kind of penalty for Ward, remember that this is his first offense. They won't be happy about it, but he won't be facing a suspension or anything like that.