The Pittsburgh Steelers waived running back Chris Rainey on Thursday after he was arrested in Gainesville and charged with one count of simple battery after an altercation with a woman over a cell phone earlier in the day.
“Under the circumstances and due to this conduct, Chris will no longer be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said.
According to a release from the Gainesville police department, officers were called at 8:26 a.m. to an apartment complex on SW 42nd Place regarding an argument between a man and a woman that had turned physical. Witnesses said Rainey and the female accuser were arguing over Rainey’s cell phone and Rainey pulled the woman out of a vehicle that belonged to his roommate and then slapped her in the face with an open hand.
Rainey and the woman fell to the ground, and then Rainey chased the woman and grabbed her bag to retrieve his cell phone, the release said. The two fell again. The release said neither Rainey nor the woman suffered visible injuries.
Police charged Rainey, a former standout at the University of Florida, with simple battery (dating violence), a first-degree misdemeanor, and he was booked into the Alachua County Jail.
For those that think that the Steelers are being too hard on young Chris for “making an honest mistake”
It is not the first domestic violence arrest for Rainey, who just finished his rookie year with the Steelers. He was arrested Sept. 14, 2010, while at the University of Florida after sending a threatening text message to his on-again, off-again girlfriend that read: “Time to Die B—– u and ur???” Rainey was charged with felony aggravated stalking.
Then coach Urban Meyer immediately dismissed Rainey from the team.
Thirteen days after his arrest, Rainey pled to a misdemeanor stalking charge and received deferred prosecution. He was ordered to pay $50 for the cost of prosecution, undergo evaluation and counseling for anger management/domestic violence issues, and either donate $100 to a domestic violence shelter or perform 10 hours of community service.
This ninja is crazy. Good riddance.
Re-printed from Bossip