Posted on: September 15, 2010 2:12 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
After news broke on Tuesday about Florida wide receiver Chris Gainey 's run-in with the law following a rather ominous text to his lady friend -- though "TIME TO DIE" may have been a reference to a spider he'd found in his home -- offensive coordinator Steve Addazio took some time off from yelling "halfback dive" to explain that Rainey was "no longer part of the team." What he didn't do was expand on whether that was a permanent vacation for Rainey, or whether or not he'd be back at some point in the future.
That decision belongs to Urban Meyer , and on Wednesday Meyer addressed the situation publicly for the first time. Though he doesn't seem all that sure of what Rainey's status with the Gators will be in the future either.
"I can't do that (give timetable) because I don't know,'' he said. "He's not with the team. It's just further evaluation as we go. As of the immediacy of it, he's not with us.''
So it sounds as if Meyer is content to let the police figure out the matter before making a final call on Rainey. Which is probably the right thing to do, though Rainey has admitted to sending the text message.
Whatever Meyer decides to do in the future he'll have a lot of precedents to fall back on while making his decision. After all, this incident does mark the thirtieth time one of Meyer's players has been arrested since he came to Gainesville. That's one arrest for just about every two of Meyer's 59 career wins at Florida.
One decision Meyer was able to make is that Omarius Hines will take Rainey's spot in the starting lineup this weekend against Tennessee.
Posted on: September 14, 2010 1:34 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Following the arrest of Florida Gators wide receiver Chris Rainey after threatening text messages he sent a girl, there are two questions that need to be answered regarding Rainey's future. First and foremost, what, if any, legal ramifications will he face for the incident? He was released on Tuesday morning following a hearing in an Alachua County courtroom.
The second question is what, if any, punishment he'll be receiving from the Florida Gators. Well, we got a hint of that on Tuesday afternoon when offensive coordinator Steve Addazio said that Rainey "is no longer part of the team."
What exactly that means, I'm not entirely sure.
There's a lot of wiggle room in Addazio's statement. Rainey may just be suspended for the time being, or he could have been kicked off the time being. Given Urban Meyer 's history of discipline with his players -- more accurately, his lack of discipline -- in the past, there's no telling what will happen with Rainey.
While Addazio's quote indicates that Rainey is no longer a member of the Florida football team, until Urban Meyer comes out and says that Rainey will never play for the Florida Gators again, I'll remain skeptical.
Posted on: September 14, 2010 9:00 am
Edited on: September 14, 2010 12:27 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
UPDATE: Chris Rainey was seen by Alachua County Judge Denise R. Ferrero this morning and released, being ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim. The victim was also present in court and there were some interesting details from the proceedings, according to The Gainesville Sun.
The alleged victim was also in court, with her mother and sister, and told the judge she does not fear Rainey but does fear the attention the case has drawn from the media.
"People all over the country have been calling my cell phone," the woman said. "I'm not afraid of him. I'm more afraid of all the repercussions."
She also told Ferrero that she had not intended for Rainey to be arrested.
(ORIGINAL POST): The Florida Gators are 2-0 so far in the 2010 season, but have seen themselves drop in the polls after each week of play. Their defense, most notably the secondary, has been outstanding, forcing 8 interceptions against their first two opponents. The offense, other than the play of Jeffery Demps, has been a concern for head coach Urban Meyer.
Meyer received some bad news early Tuesday morning with the report that Chris Rainey, the speedy wide receiver, was arrested on a charge of aggravated stalking of a woman he had been dating on and off for about three years.
Gainesville police said the incident began when the woman fell asleep and missed a call from Rainey.
Officer Jesse Bostick said Rainey went to the woman's home, and she talked to him for about 10 minutes and then told him to leave. According to Bostick, Rainey sent a text to the woman that said: "Time to die." The woman called police after receiving the text.
Bostick said that when he arrived at the woman's home he told the woman to call Rainey so that he could talk to him.
The woman said that when she told Rainey that police wanted to speak to him, Rainey's response was, "Wait and see what happens when they leave."