PITTSBURGH (AP) — Rookie running back Chris Rainey has run out of chances with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steelers cut the troubled 24-year-old following his arrest on a battery charge in Gainesville, Fla., on Thursday, the latest in a series of off-the-field incidents that have threatened his career.
Gainesville police officers charged Rainey with a single count of misdemeanor simple battery after an altercation with his girlfriend. Police said in a news release that the two were arguing over Rainey’s cellphone. When his girlfriend got into a vehicle, the former Florida Gator tried to pull her out.
Witnesses told detectives that Rainey slapped his girlfriend across the face and then chased her when she ran away with his phone in her purse.
The Steelers, who selected Rainey in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, waived shortly after being made aware of his arrest.
“Chris Rainey’s actions this morning were extremely disappointing,” general manager Kevin Colbert said. “Under the circumstances and due to this conduct, Chris will no longer be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.”