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Steelers Waive Running Back Chris Rainey Following Thursday Arrest


The Pittsburgh Steelers waived running back Chris Rainey on Thursday following his arrest for a domestic battery incident in Gainesville, Fla.

“Chris Rainey’s actions this morning were extremely disappointing,” Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said. “Under the circumstances and due to this conduct, Chris will no longer be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

Rainey, the Steelers fifth round draft pick back in April out of Florida, played in all 16 games as a rookie. He led the team in kickoff return yardage with 1,035 yards and had 102 yards rushing on 26 carries with two touchdowns.

The release of Rainey comes with a $136,239 dead money charge in 2013. He was scheduled to earn a $480,000 base salary in 2013.

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  • SteelerFanInMD

    WHy did Rainey get waived so fast and Ta’amu is still with the team?

  • Cody Younkin

    This is a stupid move, He should have been given a chance like Ta’amu. He was a good specialist and had so much more potential

  • Guest

    Theres a report that he was also a Gambling addict and was charged with criminal trespassing at a casino in December…so theres that too. PLus his previous history of Assailting women. At least Ta’amu can say he committed a victimless crime (although what he did was potentially much more dangerous).

  • Sylky_Mcnasty

    Theres a report that he was also a Gambling addict and was charged with criminal trespassing at a casino in December…so theres that too. PLus his previous history of Assaulting women. At least Ta’amu can say he committed a victimless crime (although what he did was potentially much more dangerous).

  • http://www.facebook.com/lukemeister23 Luke Nicholson

    Because Ta’Amu is a high character guy who had an isolated incident. Rainey has a history of domestic violence.

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    He showed lots of character on the drunken rampage he went on when he tried to run over a bunch of police officers.

  • Tom

    Bengals will pick him up.

  • Sylky_Mcnasty

    Yea seeing as how that was his second DUI I wouldnt call him high character.

  • zyzak

    DUI is usually an alcoholic character has nothing to do with it

  • zyzak

    Waste of a draft pick by Tomlin again….. how many more will there be

  • WilliamSekinger

    This is correct. He signed what is called a “self exclusion” form at the Casino he was ultimately charged with trespassing at. Care to take a guess who asked him to sign that form? I would bet it was the Steelers front office.

  • Sylky_Mcnasty

    Really? because placing innocent people’s lives at danger is the exemplification of having high character?

  • Crazy Bone

    Tomlin is not the GM…nice try

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    So if he would have run over 4 or 5 police officers it would have been ok? Or would that have changed your stance?

  • Dan

    And to think Mike Adams is the one we were worried about from this draft class. I’m kinda sorta confident the front office is considering each case and each man individually and basing decisions on the sum of those specifics; however, that being said patience and tolerance can be consumed by the actions of others. Rainey could be receiving more leeway if not for the recent situations involving Ben and Ta amu. As a fan this year certainly has been frustrating to see so many losses, so many injuries, another year of horrible cap situation and now these brushes with the law.
    I just hope not to read about any Steeler being so stupid like getting arrested for signing the false name of “F ya’ll” to a window tinting citation. Now that’s classic. At least when our guys get arrested it’s for a good cause like keeping women in line or for supporting the American beverage industry.

  • Mike Carroll

    With this being just the beginning of a long offseason, I bet the Steelers decided to cut Rainey to send a strong message to the rest of the team to stay out of trouble. The last thing the team needs right now is a parade of negative offseason incidents. Hopefully, the rest of the team decides to spend their time resting and training.

  • steeltown

    I’ll admit it is strange, would like to see Ta’amu succeed and become a good player and an even better person, but still strange to suspend Ta’amu and resign him and then cut Rainey outright for a misdemeanor, not saying the offense wasnt a bad one, but still, there must have been something, a stipulation in Raineys contract, like Mike Adams, that gave him no wiggle room for breaking the law

  • Sylky_Mcnasty

    Im surprised that didnt make headlines. You would think a pro athlete getting arrested at a casino for trespassing and admitting to being a degenerate gambler would make sportscenter.

  • TJimmy

    I suspect that they were on the edge about keeping him on the team anyway. They didnt use him much and.he seemed fragile on the field. Mike Tomlin mocked him during a press conference saying he was not injured onthe field when he went down during a game but just wanted to be comforted

  • Mike Carroll

    Attempting to run over three police officers and crashing into random cars is not a victimless crime. He is charged with four counts of “Aggravated Assault”. If he is found guilty, he deserves jail time.

  • zyzak

    Tomlin handpicked him at Uof F pro day

  • Bob Loblaw

    He showed potential as a returner, but that’s about it. He ran pretty shy for a running back.

  • RW

    I suspect you’re right, but more than anything I tend to trust the Rooney’s decisions. There are a number of things they see that we don’t. Think back to the Ben situation a few years ago – Ben was more or less reprimanded, while Santonio Holmes was traded away for a much lesser infraction. If I had to guess, the difference is something we don’t see in the locker room. In any case, Ta’amu was put on notice with the signing of Fangupo.

  • Mike Carroll

    Only if the Raiders don’t get him first.

  • Sylky_Mcnasty

    Attempting to run someone over means they were almost victims not actual victims. No one was harmed by his actions. People’s property was damaged but im positive he has already taken care of it or it will be in settled in civil court. I agree he gets what ever he deserves and people seem not remember that Ta’mu was cut and was making practice squad money for a while and is only making the rookie minimum now. While I wasnt trying to say either crime is justifiable, I do think that when someone is actually physically harming others (ESP when sober!) and he has done it before, hes more of a liability and risk to do something much more devastating. Plus people who are abusers tend to escalate their crazy behavior. We also have a history of releasing players who hit their gfs (Cedric Wilson)

  • LucasY59

    I thought Pouncey had some influence in the pick of Rainey since Rainey lived with the Pouncey’s in highschool?

  • steeltown

    Agreed. But also, Ben was never actually charged and convicted of a crime, while Holmes was.. still, I wonder if/when Ta’amu is actually convicted, he will probably be released. Sad, because I really think Mitchell couldve molded him into the 3-4 space eater that our Defense requires. Maybe/Hopefully I’m wrong.
    I do like the Fangupo signing though, this guy is very strong and could be a good player

  • Mike Carroll

    Why do you think the term “Aggravated Assault” is used in the numerous charges against him?

    And the implication that drunk crimes are somehow better than sober ones is absurd.

    Speaking of escalated behaviour: Ta’amu was charged with DUI in college (later reduced to “negligent driving”) though the account of it sure sounds like normal drunk driving. The second time around, Ta’amu decided to ratchet up his criminal activity including multiple felony charges against him. What’s he going to do for his third time around?

    BTW – I’m not supporting Rainey and I think he deserved to be cut.

  • LucasY59

    so that was probably his last warning from the steelers, get arrested or charged again and you’re gone

  • DNore

    Kent State’s Dri Archer!!!!!!! a better Rainey type player than Rainey

  • steeltown

    You can say what you want about him, but this guy WILL be productive in the League, both as a return man and a RB/WR… he was a steal in the 5th Rd, to bad his character doesnt seem to match his athletic ability

  • Mike Carroll

    I agree the team might release Ta’amu if he is found guilty on all those charges against him. He certainly would deserve it.

  • Sylky_Mcnasty

    There is no implication from me that drunk crimes are better than sober ones. I did say that neither crime is justifiable. But I think that the person who commits a crime sober is definitely is someone who does not think like a normal human being, esp when he is hitting a another person over a cell phone. A person who commits a crime because he does not have his full capabilities because he is under the influence is someone who may or may not think normally but def does not have good decision making skills. Ta’amu didnt decide to ratchet up his criminal activity he was drunk, he didn’t have full control of his mental capabilities I dont know many people who are very coherent or make good decisions while being under the influence. Also an assault is an intent to cause harm. Once again all I said is he didn’t physically harm anyone (but he could have), so there were no physical victims who would have to deal with consequences from his actions (such as mental anguish). ONCE AGAIN im not justifying his actions. He deserves whatever legal punishment the city determines he deserves, esp because of his previous driving arrest, and any further action from the team including his release (Im surprised hes still associated with the organization as I anticipated his outright release from the whole organization).

  • Guest

    Dont forget that aside from the arrests, Holmes had an impending suspension that forced his trade.

  • Reader783

    Could this sway influence with Pouncey when we try to extend him?

  • http://www.facebook.com/dvnwarren Devin Warren

    He didn’t get enought chances because he wasnt used right

  • http://www.facebook.com/dvnwarren Devin Warren

    I feel you, we just didn’t use him to his strengths

  • Garrett Hunt

    If his small body holds up.

  • Garrett Hunt

    I will miss his kick returns… but thats about it. I expected more in his rookie season than he produced even though he was a 5th string back going in.

  • steeltown

    I bet he’ll put on a few more lbs, there are plenty of 180-190lb guys in this league, especially return guys/slot receivers

  • Garrett Hunt

    But not a lot of long term productive ones. If he puts on 20-25 pounds of muscle he could be C.J. Spiller-esque

  • steeltown

    True, but would lose some of his speed

  • Garrett Hunt

    Maybe, but more importantly he won’t loose quickness, which is his strength to me.

  • steeltown

    Agreed. On the plus side, with him gone and Mendenhall most likely gone, the Steelers will probably focus more on RB in the draft, were as before they may have looked for one in the later Rds, now they might aim to get one in the early Rds

  • JT

    It’ll be hilarious if the report of him not slapping her is true and charges get dropped. What does everyone say when they don’t cut him after the SB then?

  • Clint Martin

    Talent!

  • Bloomfield Jim

    Just got this wonderful bit of news. I had high hopes for Rainey. I fail to see anything good in this whole deal. I agree with you Mike, this is all the negative I can stand.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    If u are right that it was to send a message, then why didnt they cut Taamu?

    Therefore aint buying it.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    U are nuts to say Taamu’s crime was victimless. Thats completely ignorant. Look it up first.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Wow thats insanely ignorant Sylk saying Taamu didnt try to ratchet it up.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Mike it appears u are arguing with a nutcase.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    By “high character” he musta meant a dangerous person at that moment who was high.

  • Sylky_Mcnasty

    But he wasn’t high…he was probably twisted!

  • Sylky_Mcnasty

    I dont see how that is even appropriate. Ive never said either action was ok or justifiable. I actually understand the definitions of the charges he was given. He was charged with an assault, not a battery nor was he charged with Attempted Vehicular Homincide (which is what they charge people who run over other people). That is why I said it was victimless (Yes I understand people will have to deal with financial ramifications but at least no one was injured or killed). I stated I dont think he has a place on the team and I think he should have already pleaded out and not be willing to waste tax payers money. So I guess that makes me ignorant for having an opinion that is based on fact (since people have lower inhibition and behavior control when inebriated versus sober people)

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