|This wasn't Rainey's first run-in with the law. (US Presswire)|
“Chris Rainey's actions this morning were extremely disappointing,” Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement released by the team. “Under the circumstances and due to this conduct, Chris will no longer be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.”
The Steelers selected Rainey in the fifth round of 2012 NFL Draft. The hope was that new offensive coordinator Todd Haley could use the 5-9, 180-pound former Florida standout to create mismatches, similar to what Haley was able to do with Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster when he was the Chiefs head coach.
One reason Rainey was available late in the draft was because of a previous domestic violence-related arrest. In Sept. 2010, while still at Florida, Rainey sent a threatening text message to a girlfriend that read, "Time to die B---- u and ur???" He was charged with felony aggravated assault, which was later reduced to a misdemeanor.
Then-Gators coach Urban Myer promptly dismissed Rainey from the team.
There's more, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
In December, Rainey was cited for defiant trespass, a summary offense, when he entered the Meadows Racetrack and Casino outside Washington, Pa., after he had signed himself onto a self-exclusion list, according to the Magisterial District Judge Jay Weller's office. Notice of a $300 fine recently had been mailed to him.
According to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, self-exclusion "allows a person to request to be banned from all legalized gaming activities and to be prohibited from collecting any winnings, recovering any losses or accepting complimentary gifts or services or any other thing of value at any licensed facility."
If someone on the list steps onto the gaming floor, the facility must deny wagers and ask the person to leave, at which point the person may be arrested for trespass.
Rainey appeared in 16 games as a rookie, carrying the ball 26 times for 102 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 26.5 yards per kick return (with a long of 68).
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