The latest athlete-turned-commentator to get into trouble with the law appears to be TSN hockey analyst Aaron Ward. Ward lives in Cary, North Carolina when he’s not in Canada working for TSN, and Raleigh TV station WNCN reported Friday (via SB Nation’s Travis Hughes) that Ward was arrested at his home around 1:20 p.m. Eastern and charged with assault on a female and interfering with emergency communication. Fellow local TV station WRAL reported that Ward’s wife called 911 following an early-afternoon confrontation.
The 42-year-old Ward played 839 games in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and Anaheim Ducks, retiring after the 2009-10 season. He joined TSN in 2011 and has been a staple on their hockey coverage since. TSN has said there will be a statement coming on Ward; we’ll update with it when it’s released.
Update: TSN appears to have suspended Ward indefinitely.
TSN on Aaron Ward after arrest: "we can confirm he will not appear on-air until further notice."
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