Former Gator Chris Rainey settles legal issues with no contest plea
Former Florida RB/return specialist Chris Rainey pled no contest to disorderly conduct in an Alachua County courtroom today, effectively ending his legal troubles following his arrest earlier this month on charges of simple battery after an alleged dispute with his girlfriend.
Rainey appeared before Judge Walter Green who withheld adjudication, but fined Rainey $200 and imposed court costs of approximately $300 in conjuction with Rainey's plea. Rainey's charge was reduced to disorderly conduct because the alleged victim denied being battered, and witnessess had contradictory statements.
According to a report from the Gainesville Police Department when he was arrested Rainey, who played for the Gators from 2008-11, and the alleged victim were in an argument over Rainey’s cell phone when the woman entered the vehicle of Rainey’s roommate, and he began to confront her on the passenger side of the vehicle, then began pulling her out of the vehicle.
Witnesses told police they observed Rainey slap the victim across the face with an open hand. Both Rainey and the female victim then fell to the ground. The victim was able to run away, according to the report, but Rainey chased after her because his cellphone was in a bag the alleged victim was carrying. Rainey grabbed the bag, and they both fell to the ground again. Neither Rainey nor the woman suffered visible injuries, according to police.
Rainey, who was a rookie with the Pittsburgh Steelers this past season, was released from the team hours after he was arrested. He had 102 yards rushing, 14 receptions and averaged 26.5 yards on 39 kickoff returns.