Steelers Running Back Arrested For Domestic Violence: Report Upated: Chris Rainey Released From Team

Slapping incident gets 2012 fifth round draft pick his walking papers


Report Updated: After reading the report that Pittsburgh Steeler running back Chris Rainey was arrested for slapping his girlfriend, team general manager, Kevin Colbert, made a swift decision:  “Chris Rainey’s actions this morning were extremely disappointing.  Under the circumstances, and due to this conduct, Chris will no longer be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.”  He scored two touchdowns this year and was expected to continue running back kick-offs.
The incident referred to happened Thursday morning in Gainesville, Florida.  He was arrested for battery, and is still in custody.

Gainesville, Florida – Police officers responded to a 911 call in Gainesville, Florida. Witnesses said they saw Chris Rainey chase his girlfriend who had taken his cell phone. She locked herself inside of a car. Rainey drug her from the car and slapped her across the face. They both fell to the ground. The female stuffed the phone in her purse, and jumped to her feet and ran away. Rainey chased her, grabbed the purse, and both fell again.

Rainey is in custody charged with one count of simple battery, a misdemeanor.

In 2010 he was charged with aggravated stalking, a felony, after sending a threatening text message to a former girlfriend. The charges were dropped as part of a pre-trial agreement when he agreed to complete an intervention program.

Rainey was a fifth round pick in the 2012 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He attended the University of Florida, where he ranks ninth with 2464 rushing yards. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds.