Chris Rainey pleads no contest
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Chris Rainey has pleaded no contest to a charge of disorderly conduct and paid nearly $500 in fines and court costs as a result of his arrest last month after an altercation with a woman over a cell phone.
According to Alachua County court records, Rainey was fined $210 and ordered to pay $276 in court costs by Judge Walker M. Green. Green also withheld adjudication in the case, which was settled on Thursday. The records also show that Rainey paid the fines on Friday.
Rainey was arrested on Jan. 10 at a Gainesville, Fla., apartment complex. According to a Gainesville Police Department release, witnesses said Rainey and the female victim were arguing over Rainey's cellphone and Rainey pulled the woman out of a vehicle that belonged to his roommate and then slapped her in the face with an open hand.
Rainey, a former standout at the University of Florida, and the woman fell to the ground, and then Rainey chased the woman and grabbed her bag to retrieve his cellphone, the release said. The two fell again. The release said neither Rainey nor the woman suffered visible injuries.
Rainey was charged with simple battery (dating violence), a first-degree misdemeanor.
The Steelers released Rainey several hours after his arrest.
Pittsburgh selected Rainey in the fifth round of the 2012 draft. Rainey ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns, caught 14 passes for 60 yards and averaged 26.5 yards on 39 kickoff returns in his first season with the Steelers.
It is not the first domestic violence arrest for Rainey, who just finished his rookie season with the Steelers. He was arrested Sept. 14, 2010, while at the University of Florida, after sending a threatening text message to his on-again, off-again girlfriend that read: "Time to Die B---- u and ur???" Rainey was charged with felony aggravated stalking.
Then-coach Urban Meyer immediately dismissed Rainey from the team.
Thirteen days after his arrest, Rainey pled to a misdemeanor stalking charge and received deferred prosecution. He was ordered to pay $50 for the cost of prosecution, undergo evaluation and counseling for anger management/domestic violence issues, and either donate $100 to a domestic violence shelter or perform 10 hours of community service.
Rainey eventually rejoined the football team on Oct. 10, 2010. He finished his career at Florida ninth on the school's all-time rushing list (2,464 yards).
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