It seems like every other week professional athletes are making headlines for being accused of hitting their wives and girlfriends. Yesterday morning, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Chris Rainey was arrested in Florida. According to TMZ, witnesses called authorities after they saw Rainey slap his girlfriend in the face during an argument over his cell phone. It seems that the argument escalated once his girlfriend took his cell phone and attempted to lock herself in his roommate’s car.
The police report revealed that witnesses claim to have saw Rainey drag the unnamed woman out of the passenger side of his roommates car, slapping her in the process; which caused them both to fall to the ground. Witnesses then say, she took off running again with his cell phone in her purse and he continued to run after her. He eventually caught up to her and grabbed her purse; which caused them to hit the ground again.
According to reports, neither Rainey or his girlfriend appeared to be physically injured as a result of the tussle. Chris was charged with one count of simple battery as well as a misdemeanor.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, clearly unhappy with Rainey’s actions took the Miami Dolphins/Chad Ochcocinco route and cut him from the team.
“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,” Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert told TMZ.
It’s unfortunate that a petty argument over a cell phone got so out of hand that it resulted in consequences of this magnitude. But in life there are real consequences for your actions and it seems Rainey is learning this lesson the hard way. Domestic violence is a serious issue and Pilar Sanders recently rang the alarm saying that abuse is actually a common thing in NFL households.
In the wake of the Jovan Belcher-Kassandra Perkins tragedy, I suppose now more than ever the NFL is cracking down and letting their players know that violence against women will not be tolerated.
What is your opinion on the Steelers’ decision? Was it too harsh or did he deserve to be cut?
Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise