Former Steelers RB Chris Rainey Claims January Release Was Lesson To Team

Tuesday was the Pro Day for the University of Florida and former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Chris Rainey was on hand to support a few of his former college teammates, and perhaps let NFL teams know that he is still looking for employment.

Rainey was apparently asked about his quick release from the Steelers following his January arrest for simple battery and his reply was one you wouldn\’t necessarily expect to hear.

“I guess they probably wanted to teach everybody else a lesson or something,” Rainey said, via an Associated Press report. “That\’s how I look at it.”

The Steelers released Rainey well before he had his day in court that resulted in him pleading no contest to disorderly conduct after the charges were reduced due inconsistent eyewitness reports. It was, however, Rainey\’s second arrest in less than 30 months and the Steelers likely saw a trend that they didn\’t see going in the right direction.

Rainey also had another interesting response when asked what he had learned from the January incident.

“Just don\’t make a scene outside,” Rainey said. “That\’s all.”

The Steelers fifth-round draft pick from last April probably should have taken a little bit of a higher road then trying to come off as the victim. Maybe he should consider that the Steelers were trying to teach him a lesson, and not team, like he suggested.

With the start of free agency now underway, Rainey will more than likely have to wait a while until a team tries to sign him. He thinks that one will eventually give him a second chance at some point, however.

“I\’m just being patient, man, that\’s all,” Rainey said. “I know free agency is today. I\’m just wanting my agent to give me that phone call.”

It had to be a little awkward for Rainey on Tuesday, nonetheless, as Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin were also present at the Pro Day to scout the players, according to the report, that did not indicate whether or not Rainey talked to his former employers.

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  • costanza2k1

    Rainey is soooo smart lol

  • LouPGH

    Still disappointed with how this situation played out. It was unfortunate, and I don’t think either party came out of it better off. Hell, Ray Lewis helped cover up a murder and today he’s the pitchman for the NFL’s head injuries awareness/safety campaign.

  • hergieburbur

    While they could have been more patient, his comments show exactly why they released him. He doesn’t get it.

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    He just shortened the list of teams who would sign him. I learned I should smack my girlfriend inside…. moron

  • disqus_wdLdx4W76r

    But the other dude runs from police smashes up a few cars and he’s still on the roster? Nice lesson

  • Eric MacLaurin

    You compare abusing a woman to abusing a car?

  • http://twitter.com/hoosierIUdaddy Chris O’Rorke

    No. The way I took his quote is don’t have off the field incidents and you won’t be cut. Steelers are quite fickle on these matters and his play on the field didnt warrant giving him a second chance. Ta’amu was given second chance bc we are thin at NT and there are plenty of RBs out there so in other words Rainey can be replaced. Ben, Harrison couldn’t be replaced. Harrison hit a woman as well but his “religious views” aligned with Steelers so it was all good

  • Shannon Stephenson

    It is sad to watch talented people throw away their chances…wish him the best and hope the light goes on for him…it’s not his world for the taken.

  • walter mason

    another Steeler in denial.

  • SteelSpine

    Good question.

  • SteelSpine

    To imply Taamu abused only a car is so ignorant of what Taamu actually did that evening – which you can easily find out online if you wanted to.

  • SteelSpine

    I agree. Good catch of irony that a guy who still covers up for a double murder is a pitchman for awareness of injuries/safety.