Report: Steelers RB Chris Rainey Arrested In Florida & Charged With Battery

Chris Rainey Mug Shot Steelers FloridaMatt Watts of the Miami Herald is reporting Thursday via Twitter that Pittsburgh Steelers running back Chris Rainey was arrested this morning on a simple battery charge according to the Gainesville Police Department.

Rainey, the Steelers fifth round draft pick from last April out of Florida, was arrested in September of 2010 and charged with aggravated stalking, a third-degree felony, for allegedly sending a former girlfriend a threatening text message.

Rainey was arrested Thursday morning in Gainesville for slapping his girlfriend in the face during an altercation over a cell phone. Witnesses reportedly saw Rainey pull his girlfriend out of a car and slap her in the face, according to Watt.

Below is the GPD Press Release

Related CR# 13-669

GAINESVILLE, FLA – At approximately 8:26am on January 10th, 2013, the Gainesville Police Department received a 911 call from a witness that reported a male subject and a female subject involved in a verbal altercation that turned physical.

Officers arrived and identified Christopher J. Rainey, BM 3/2/88 as the male involved. Witnesses told officers that Rainey and the victim got into an argument over Rainey’s cellphone. The female victim entered the vehicle of Rainey’s roommate, and Rainey confronted her on the passenger side of the vehicle, and began pulling her out of the vehicle. Witnesses then observed Rainey slap the victim across the face with an open hand. Both Rainey and the female victim then fell to the ground. The victim was able to run away, but Rainey chased after her because his cellphone was in a bag the victim was carrying. Rainey grabbed the bag again, and they both fell to the ground again. Neither party suffered visible injuries from the encounter. Multiple witnesses confirmed the incident.

The investigation revealed that Rainey and the female victim have been in a dating relationship for approximately nine months. Rainey was ultimately arrested by the Gainesville Police Department and charged with one count of Simple Battery (Dating Violence.) Rainey was transported to the Alachua County Jail for booking.

  • steeltown

    Great! What the F%@# is wrong with these guys!?!

  • DoctorNoah

    Great. We’re making great progress with our rookies. Maybe we could get Pacman Jones to come in as an assistant coach so they’d have a better role model for criminal activity.

  • Mike Carroll

    Not a promising start for last year’s draft class. Two guys arrested (potential trials pending). Three other guys put on IR (one season ender, one conditional that returned, one at end of year).

  • I just love how Tomlin’s draft picks seem to be working out so well.

  • Garrett Hunt

    Yea the coaching staff is probably sitting back like really?? Bad luck for them, these things are pretty much out of their control. If the rookie class could just focus and stay on the football field then this class could end up being great.

  • Kysteeler

    Cut ways with him and draft a RB.. Running backs are a dime a dozen. This isn’t worth the headache to hear about all offseason.

  • zyzak

    Ex Steeler Chris Rainey he made very little sense drafting. He did nothing

  • steeltown

    At the time, Ta’amu and Rainey were two of my favorite picks in the draft.. now it appears there is a chance that neither will even be on the Team in the coming yrs

  • WilliamSekinger

    I’m not trying to downplay the physical slap Rainey gave this woman, but perhaps she shouldn’t have tried to run off with property that wasn’t hers?

  • Bradys_Dad

    Mr. Tomlin – you reap what you sow. We used to draft the best athletes and those with good character. Keep up the great draft work.

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills


  • Tom

    Steelers 1 – Bengals 0

  • Bob Loblaw

    If you’re going to criticize someone for drafting these guys you need to bring up Colbert as well, considering he’s the GM. Otherwise, it just looks like you’ve got an axe to grind with Tomlin.

  • Dear Todd and Omar, RUN WHILE YOU STILL CAN!!!…For Pete’s Sakes! This is gonna be a Long Offseason.

  • LouPGH

    I’m not condoning what Rainey did, but I think we need to step back from the ledge a minute, people. A regular person may or may not lose their job for this type of situation. Obviously we’re talking about a pretty high profile person, and I think it’s safe to assume that the higher the profile the more likely an employer is to take some sort of action.

    If they believe Rainey can play a valuable role in our offense, the Steelers should acknowledge his disturbing pattern of violence towards women and get out in front of the impending shit storm. The Steelers need to put him in classes and therapy, and then Rainey needs to do so many charity events for local violence against women organizations that his estrogen levels rise. Will that satisfy everyone? No. But if Mike Vick can be a “redemption story,” I think this is something that will pass.

    On the other hand, if they don’t believe Rainey is worth the headache, then don’t throw good money after bad. From what I saw this past season, they had no clue how to use him effectively. Not sure I have the answer, but I’m not on the payroll.

    I think either way the Steelers are drafting a RB somewhere in the middle rounds. If they don’t cut Rainey, that doesn’t mean his job is safe. He’s wicked quick, but he doesn’t take hits too well.

  • I’m sick and tired of being embarrassed for the Steelers. When will Tomlin show he has control of this team?

  • i think they need to get coach bill cower in there , he would never let them get away with that bs!!

  • not sure where my other comment went but hopefully it shows up on here!!!

  • steeltown

    They tend to give guys a 2nd chance.. and I believe this is only a misdemeanor charge. He will most likely be ‘OK’ in terms of the Organization with stipulations that will involve therapy or counseling and some sort of charity work

    Also, I think they draft another RB as well

  • i’m sure there’s an opening for Rainey at the Pittsburgh Zoo

  • zyzak

    Steelers have cut Rainey hooray!!

  • steeltown

    Just read he was waived, good bye

  • steeltown

    Kind of interesting, why would they give Ta’amu a chance and keep him on roster after possible felony charges, but then waive Rainey after a misdemeanor charge…?

  • steeltown

    Guess I was wrong with the, he will be ‘OK’ remark

  • steeltown

    Not that they werent already, but with Rainey gone and Mendenhall most likely gone, they will DEFINITELY be drafting a RB

  • steeltown

    Done and Done

  • JohnnyV1

    Wait, let me guess at the reason why the girlfriend took the cell phone away from her football playing boyfriend…….hmmmmm. Who was Chris Rainey getting calls from, or text messages from….another woman perhaps? Whatever the reason, he needs to understand that you don’t hit a girl, for any reason. This is his 2nd incident with violence towards women. The message might get across to him if he lost his NFL job for a while.

  • Kysteeler

    Looks like it, I’m glad they did it quick. He was good on returns toward the end of the season, but I didn’t see him offering much more than that. I bet we won’t draft any players with charter issues this yr!

  • steeltown

    Not that they werent already going to, but with Rainey gone and Mendenhall most likely gone, they will definitely be drafting a RB now

  • Tim Culligan

    whether or not its “true”, a DUI is less harmful and more common in terms of the media, violence towards women makes bigger headlines. just speculation.

  • Sorry, you failed at trying to not downplay it. Stealing vs. violence against women? Hmmm, which one takes precedence? Fuck off!

  • RW

    What a shame – I really thought Rainey would be our leg up on teams with slow LBs. Oh well. I’d just prefer someone effective at this point. I always thought Redman was better than advertised coming out of the backfield and making the catch. He’s not lightning fast, but he gets the job done when he’s asked to catch the ball.

  • JT

    And wasn’t it a first offense for Ta’amu? This is a repeated issue for Rainey.

  • JT

    People were drooling over Rainey and to a lesser extent Ta’amu in April. In April 2012, they were good picks. There was NO way to see the Ta’amu thing coming. Now Rainey, there were the obvious red flags. But the incident was in 2010, and Rainey obviously saved face with a lot of people. Plus, it was a 5th freaking round pick.

    These are people, not robots. Fact is, they will make mistakes. ESPECIALLY, when you throw money and women in the mix like they do to football players. Nobody, not Cowher, Noll, or anyone else can control what players do in the offseaon. Period.

  • Bob Loblaw

    I wasn’t criticizing those who drafted him, just those who are only pointing fingers at Tomlin.

  • JT

    I know. I agree with you. Sorry if you took it another way.

  • dburtt

    Nobody has it in for Tomlin/Colbert. The plain truth is at the time of the draft, Rainey had already been arrested once for domestic violence. And the Steelers overlooked that whereas back in the day they probably wouldn’t have let that slide. Same with Te’Amu. So I agree the team is becoming a joke and an embarrassment both on and off the field. And those indisputable facts are not unrelated.

  • Brian Miller

    I don’t necessarily agree with all the hate an angst at the coaching staff, but I do agree on some level. Let’s be honest, the Steelers have not had many great drafts over the last few years, and players like Ta’amu and Rainey had issues in college, but they were drafted anyway! Which by the way, is the same with our future starting LT (or RT depending on perfomance!) from Ohio State. They should definitely shoulder some blame for disregarding reports and drafting players they normally stay away from. I like drafting excellent men with good character and morals, but at least make sure they are good football players too!! ahem Mr. Worilds!

  • RyanW

    If somebody had pulled you out of a vehicle and slapped you would you not try to runaway to, you did downplay it, doesn’t matter if she had his phone or not that’s no excuse to slap her

  • WilliamSekinger

    Of course it mattered. He was within his rights as a citizen to pull her out of that car and detain her because she had stolen from him, but he absolutely broke the law by slapping her.

  • Douglas Andrews

    JT this wasnt a first offense for Ta’amu he had an alcohol related incident back in 2010 as well. Clearly the Steelers weren’t happy with what Rainey showed during the season and this was an opportunity to get rid of him. Violence against women is not something to be taken lightly and I think the Steelers wanted to send a message also. Ta’amu must have shown them something otherwise his but would be out the door as well. as far as Rainey goes for all this potential he was supposed to have the Steelers can find another rookie to fill that void. Personally i always thought he was alittle to light for the role the Steelers wanted him in.

  • steeltown

    Agreed. Redman and Dwyer both have shown they can catch out of the backfield and of course with their size they can gain extra yds after the catch. I hope to see more of this next season

  • JT

    Thanks for the correction Doug. I honestly didn’t know that. What happened? Underage? That’s almost laughed off at this point for college students. I don’t think it’s the red flag it used to be.

  • SteelerDave

    Im ashamed to have nickname here. Gee thanks Rainey and Te’Amu for disgracing the organization and fans.

  • Buccos9

    That’s hilarious. We are becoming the new Bengals. They can’t compete on Super Bowl wins but they may be neck and neck on players being tossed into the slammer,

  • Mike Carroll

    Story can be found on the Post Gazettte website. I tried posting a link here but the site won’t allow it without Dave’s approval.

    Ta’amu was charged with DUI in college. It was later reduced to “negligent driving” but it sure sounded like drunk driving to me.

  • Ruined his Career….I just dont understand wtf he was thinking…Definitely NOT his career

  • She was trying to take his phone and he grabbed and slapped her. Bad move. Some of these young guys should just leave the girls alone. Sure, he shouldn’t hit a woman but, judging by the fact that she tried to take his phone, it’s likely that, either there was another woman involved or she’s just insanely jealous. Either way, he probably ruined his career. . These guys should know that involvement with multiple women is just disastrous to a professional sports career. . My advice, If you lack the discipline to be with JUST ONE woman, don’t be with ANY until your career is over. . . Naturally, most young man can’t do that.

  • Go Pitt

    Sure, drop Rainey for hitting a woman (rightfully so) but keep Ben Rapestberger for raping two women. How hypocritical.

  • Laura Kirkland

    Another reason why I admire not only the Steelers but also their management. They don’t put up with trash and get rid of it before it begins to stink.

  • Laura Kirkland

    @JT…..wake up……There is never an excuse or good reason for violence against women

  • JT

    Excuse me? I missed the part where I excused his actions. I’m only saying his actions in the offseason have NOTHING to do with Coach Tomlin.