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Steelers cut RB Rainey after arrest in Florida

Published: Thu, January 10, 2013 @ 5:57 p.m.

Steelers cut RB Rainey after arrest in Florida

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Rookie running back Chris Rainey has run out of chances with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers cut the troubled 24-year-old following his arrest on a battery charge in Gainesville, Fla., on Thursday, the latest in a series of off-the-field incidents that have threatened his career.

Gainesville police officers charged Rainey with a single count of misdemeanor simple battery after an altercation with his girlfriend. Police said in a news release the two were arguing over Rainey’s cellphone. When his girlfriend got into a vehicle, the former Florida Gator tried to pull her out.

Witnesses told detectives that Rainey slapped his girlfriend across the face and then chased her when she ran away with his phone in her purse.

The Steelers, who selected Rainey in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, waived him shortly after being made aware of his arrest.

sRainey worked primarily on special teams during his rookie season. He averaged 26.5 yards on 39 kickoff returns. The Steelers used him occasionally as a change of pace in the backfield. Rainey finished with 102 yards rushing and two scores while also catching 14 passes for 60 yards.

Rainey’s agent, Joel Segal, didn’t return a phone call for comment.

Thursday’s arrest wasn’t Rainey’s first brush with the law. He was arrested Sept. 14, 2010 and charged with aggravated stalking, a third-degree felony, for allegedly sending a former girlfriend a threatening text message that read, in part, “Time to die ....”

Rainey spent a night in jail and was dismissed from the team by Florida coach Urban Meyer the next day, after Meyer said Rainey violated the program’s core value regarding violence against women. Rainey agreed to a plea deal two weeks later and eventually returned to the field.


1georgejeanie(1527 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

I'll bet this thug grew up in a single parent home, with very little parental supervision or guidiance, doesn't know how to act civilized, and will soon find himself incarrcerated and blame it on society, and take no responsibility for his actions.

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2papa1(711 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

they should cut roethlisberger after being accused of raping two women. allegedly. no other super bowl winning qb in history has been accused of rape, not once but twice, within one year. coincidence. doubtful. i used to have respect for the rooneys, no more. winning is more important than rape. i'll bet roethlisbergers' wallet is a lot lighter now. this is an abomination. the nfl trumps all crimes commited by it's star players.

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3VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Don't start about Big Ben....his antics are well known in Pittsburgh and many fans there would confirm it. Most people outside of steel city know very little about them.

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4Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago


Here we go about Ben again....no one has no clue what happened. Gold diggers maybe??

Amazes me these young athletes have the world at there beck and call and they still act like wanna b gangstas, and are the first to complain there stereotyped or targeted. Grow up and be a man and be held accountable for your stupidity! Just threw away a chance to become a productive member of society. (lmao)

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5AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago


Which way is it? Your first lines defends ben the star. The next lines
you stereo type and slam the rest or the athletes.

But, protect ben.

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6Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago


Who is protecting Ben? I never said he was innocent, did I? Never said he was guilty either, so not sure what your getting at.

But Rainey, Alameda Ta'amu, Josh Brent (manslaughter,remember?), Michael Turner, Kenny Britt, Robert Quinn, Elvis Dumervil, Kiante Tripp, Dion Lewis, Aaron Berry, Justin Blackmon, Nick Fairley, Caleb King, Mikel Leshoure....and it goes on and on and on.....ARE GUILTY!

All young and dumb! Future in there hands and they still get in trouble with the law. Comprehend now?

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