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Florida Gators' Chris Rainey settles legal issues, won't play against Alabama

GAINESVILLE — Florida junior WR Chris Rainey settled his legal issues Monday, but he remains suspended and will not play Saturday at Alabama, coach Urban Meyer said.

Rainey pleaded to a misdemeanor stalking charge and received deferred prosecution.

He was arrested Sept. 14 on suspicion of sending a former girlfriend a threatening text message. Meyer said Monday that, "He's not part of the team," but it is unclear whether Meyer was aware Rainey had settled his legal issues.

Rainey must avoid legal trouble for six months, pay $50 to the state attorney for the cost of prosecution, donate $100 to Peaceful Paths (a local organization that helps women affected by domestic violence) and undergo evaluation and any required counseling for anger management/domestic violence issues. He can have no hostile contact with the victim or her family.

If he complies with the conditions, the charges will be dismissed.

"Mr. Rainey is thankful for the resolution, and he has certainly learned a lot about life because of this situation," said his attorney, Huntley Johnson.

The woman and her family issued a statement saying she supported the state attorney's decision.

No Demps?: Junior RB Jeff Demps remained in a boot because of a sprained foot, and his status is unclear. Meyer said he won't entertain the idea of playing Alabama without Demps — at least not yet. "I'm hearing positive things about later in the week," he said.

Burton honored: Freshman QB/RB/WR Trey Burton was named SEC freshman of the week after his record-setting performance in the 48-14 win over Kentucky. Burton scored an SEC-freshman and school-record six total touchdowns, one shy of the national freshman record and the SEC single-game record of seven.

Burton scored on all five of his rushing attempts (40 yards total), while catching five passes for 37 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown. He also connected on his first collegiate pass, finishing 1-of-1 for 42 yards, the longest pass of the season for the Gators.

Burton is the grandson of former Purdue standout football and track athlete Lawrence "Larry" Burton, who finished fourth in the 200 meters in the 1972 Olympics and played professional football. Burton (who is Lawrence III, thus the nickname "Trey") said he won't let the early success change him.

"It's been fun; I really haven't been doing too much," he said. "I've been in my room pretty much all day (Sunday) and Saturday night. "I had one class (Monday). It's been pretty much chill, same as usual."

He said it: "We just had too many distractions. We got too busy with all the hype and everything instead of just going out and doing what we need to do and being the program that we are. This week we've got to have one of our best weeks of practice, and we've got to go up there with the right mind-set." Senior OL Mike Pouncey on the Gators' loss to Alabama in the 2009 SEC Championship Game and how this week's preparation for No. 1 Alabama must be different.

Antonya English can be reached at english@sptimes.com.

Florida Gators' Chris Rainey settles legal issues, won't play against Alabama 09/27/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 12:29am]
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