UPDATE 3:25 PM
The Steelers have announced they have waived RB Chris Rainey after his arrest. Here is a statement from General Manager Kerry Colbert:
Under the circumstances and due to this conduct, Chris will no longer be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It’s worth noting that another Steelers rookie, defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu was arrested on 18 charges after a drunk car chase earlier in the season.
Steelers running back Chris Rainey was arrested this morning in Gainesville, Florida on charges of slapping his girlfriend in the face during an argument over a cell phone:
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.
This is not the first arrest for Rainey. He pleaded guilty to to misdemeanor stalking of his girlfriend while at Florida.
Stay classy Pittsburgh.