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Florida WR Chris Rainey arrested, suspended from team



Florida junior WR Chris Rainey was released on his own recognizance at about 10:15 a.m. today after his alleged victim told Alachua County Judge Denise Ferrero she never meant for Rainey to be arrested and did not fear for her safety from him.

Instead, the woman said it's the public she fears.  "I'm having people from all over the country calling my cell phone,'' she said. 

Rainey has been suspended indefinitely from the team. "Chris Rainey is not a part of our team right now,''  Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio said Tuesday afternoon.

Rainey was arrested at 3:17 a.m. today on charges of aggravated stalking dating violence. The woman and Rainey have dated on and off again for about three years, according to police reports.

Rainey allegedly went to the woman's home after she said she fell asleep and missed a call he placed to her.  According to police reports, Rainey began texting the woman with messages that included, "you don't care about me.''

He later went to her residence, according to police, and  the two talked for about 10 minutes before Rainey became "irate.'' After the woman asked Rainey to leave, he later texted "Time to Die (expletive) u and ur???".  Rainey admitted to sending the texts after he was read his Miranda rights. Police reports stated the woman called police after receiving the latter text.

But in open court Tuesday morning the victim's sister said she was the one who called police, and she did so only to defuse the situation.

"I did not want to have him arrested last night,'' the woman told the judge. "They asked me if I wanted him arrested and I said no. And they were going to drop everything, and then they came back and said there was some new law that came out and they have to arrest him. And I said I will sign anything that I have to, I do not want him arrested. I've known him for a long time, he's never been in trouble, he doesn't drink, he doesn't do drugs. I don't feel safety issues from Chris.''

A starting WR for the Gators, Rainey suffered a concussion in Saturday's game against South Florida, but was expected to be ready to play this weekend when Florida travels to Tennessee.

Florida strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti attended Rainey's court appearance and said the staff would ensure "whatever he needs to do, we'll make sure he gets it done.''

As a special condition of his release, Rainey cannot have any contact with Anderson and must adhere to a 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 6:04pm]


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