The Pittsburgh Steelers cut running back Chris Rainey on Thursday after he was arrested for an altercation with a woman earlier that same day.
According to ESPN, police showed up at an apartment complex on SW 42nd Place (in Gainesville, Fla.) after receiving a call about a violent male-female confrontation. Witnesses reported that Rainey and the unfortunate female on the wrong end of his wrath got into an argument regarding Rainey’s cellphone, and that the Steelers running back ended up pulling said female out a vehicle and then slapping her in the face with an open hand. Then, he allegedly chased her around and tried to grab her bag in an effort to retrieve his phone.
Understandably, when news of Rainey’s ridiculous antics hit the wire, Steelers couldn’t sever ties fast enough.
"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.
For those of you unfamiliar with Rainey’s past accomplishments, this is a man who back in Sept. 2010 (while still in college) texted his girlfriend: "Time to Die B**** u and ur???" He was subsequently charged with felony aggravated stalking. Because of the high moral standards the Florida football program had at the time, he was temporarily booted off the team.
Rainey was selected by the Steelers in the fifth round of this past year’s draft. He collected a whopping 102 rushing yards and two rushing scores for the season.
This is one of those situations where, given the guy’s history, it is a bit surprising that a classy organization like the Steelers would take a chance on him. The Florida stalking incident eventually got reduced thanks to the wonders of our legal system, but that doesn’t change what he did.
Either way, though, Rainey is done in Pittsburgh now. It’s probably a safe bet that some team starved for a moderately talented running back will pick him up before next season starts.