Chris Rainey, a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, was arrested Thursday morning (Jan. 10) and charged with one count of simple battery in Gainesville, Fla., the NFL reports. And it has cost him his job with the Steelers. The team was quick to waive the rookie RB, who was a fifth-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
“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,” says Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, in a statement released by the organization.
In a statement released by the police, officers detail the situation:
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.
This is not Rainey’s first arrest. The running back pleaded guilty to misdemeanor stalking while playing for the University of Florida.