UPDATE: Chris Rainey gone.
We have waived RB Chris Rainey.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) January 10, 2013
Steelers GM Kevin Colbert - “Chris Rainey’s actions this morning were extremely disappointing, Under the circumstances and due to this conduct, Chris will no longer be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.”
Gainesville Police confirmed to the Miami Herald.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Chris Rainey was arrested Thursday morning in Gainesville for slapping his girlfriend in the face during an altercation over a cell phone.
Rainey was charged with one count of simple battery, a first-degree misdemeanor, and he is currently being held and awaiting his first court appearance.
Gainesville Police spokesman Ben Tobias said
"Police responded to a 911 call from witnesses that said Rainey and a female later identified as his girlfriend of nine months got into an argument because she took his cellphone and got into Rainey's roommate's car in an attempt to get away from Rainey. According to the written police report the witnesses said Rainey went to the passenger side of the car and pulled his girlfriend slapping her across the face and both fell to the ground.Rainey chased after her, again trying to obtain his cell phone that was in the female's purse, grabbing it and causing both to fall to the ground again.