Pittsburgh Don’t Play That: Steelers Player Chris Rainey Fired After Allegedly Attacking His Girlfriend

January 11, 2013  |  

Source: Penn Live

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

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  • Pivyque

    Well, my mother always told me, “If it doesn’t belong to you, don’t touch it.” But, this guy needs anger management.

  • IllyPhilly

    The way these celebs receive “punishments” send a lot of mixed messages to youth. molestation/murder/drunk or high driving/battery/ and so on can be forgiven if your shine is bright enough.

  • pfeiffer87

    Glad the witnesses called the authorities, it’s crazy how many times things like these happen in public & people just ignore it.

  • JaneDoe

    Good send a message to all these fools

  • sammi_lu

    But Ben Roethlisberger is still playing after rape accusations.

    • Kaori

      Because he was accused, not convicted or charged with anything.

  • Good. However I’m giving the Steelers a side eye. Rotheleisberger (sp) had two RAPE accusations. No firing him. Had this dude been more of star player he would have gotten a stern talking to and maybe a game or two suspension.

    • Ann

      True. Rothlesbeger should have been gone.

    • Kaori

      I understand your POV, but a rape accusation isn’t the same as a rape conviction, which may have gotten him fired. However, I don’t think he should have been allowed to play after all of that, but that is the world of sports. That’s why I wouldn’t dare wear a Ray Lewis or Kobe Bryant jersey.

      • Yes but when you get two ‘accusations’ its time to review the player conduct portion of his contract. They are all expected to conduct themselves in a manner that won’t tarnish the NFL league. He’s at least guilty of that. But as long as he wins those crucial games and gets those rings he’ll get special consideration. Same with Kobe.

  • OSHH

    Last I checked the Steelers still have an alleged two time rapist on their roster,
    DV is a serious matter but I think sometimes certain folks are given a pass no matter what they do and then with others there is a ZERO tolerance policy. You fill in the gaps!

    • SheBe

      Thank you!!!!

    • Tamz

      Honaaayyy…you aint never lied!!

    • JaneDoe

      What race is he if you don’t mind me asking

    • Zettai

      Hi. Pittsburgh fan here. This is NOT Rainey’s first time at the rodeo. He’s only a rookie and already has two to three other altercations on his record, that is why the Steelers let him go. He sent a girl a threatening text that said “Time to die” for example. This article does not mention that at all. And frankly, he’s not that good of a player. Kobe and Roethlisberger will be more easily forgiven than Rainey or Ochocinco. It’s not right but it’s the way it is, about talent not race.

      Please give all the facts Madame Noire.

    • Kenedy

      Without Ben, steelers ain’t winning sh*t…back up quarterbacks were used all this season & you see what it did to the Steelers? THATS the reason why Ben isn’t going anywhere

      • Kenedy

        Not condoning it, i actually agree with you, but it is what it is