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Old 01-10-2013, 01:35 PM   #3995
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#Steelers took a stronger stand than Urban Meyer ever did. Team announces Chris Rainey has been waived following his arrest in Gainesville

Pittsburgh Steelers waive Chris Rainey after arrest

By Gregg Rosenthal
Around The League editor
Published: Jan. 10, 2013 at 12:55 p.m. Updated: Jan. 10, 2013 at 03:31 p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Chris Rainey was arrested Thursday morning and charged with one count of simple battery (dating violence), the Gainesville, Fla., police department confirmed.

The Steelers later announced they have waived Rainey.

The police received a call at 8:26 am ET about a verbal altercation between Rainey and his girlfriend that turned physical. Rainey also went to school in Gainesville at the University of Florida.

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"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," the statement read. "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."

Rainey denied hitting the victim at the scene of the crime. He remains in custody.

"He did admit to some of the altercation. He admitted he grabbed her bag, which caused both of them to fall and he admitted to chasing her. He denied slapping her, but we had several witnesses to that," Gainesville police public information officer Ben Tobias said in a telephone interview.

This is not the first arrest for Rainey, who pleaded guilty to to misdemeanor stalking while at Florida. Another Steelers rookie, Alameda Ta'amu was also arrested on 18 charges following a wild, drunk car chase earlier in the season.

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