Chris Rainey Arrested for Battery

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Chris Rainey, a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers and former Florida University star, was arrested this morning in Gainesville on charges of simple battery.

Chris Rainey Mug Shot

Law enforcement officials say they responded to a 911 call from witnesses who allege Rainey slapped his girlfriend after she grabbed his cell phone.

According to the official report, Rainey pulled his girlfriend from a car in which she attempted to lock herself, striking her in the face and causing them both to topple to the ground as a result.

Neither party showed visible injuries after the altercation.

Rainey, a rookie fifth-round draft pick, was also arrested in 2010 on stalking charges after he was accused of texting the message "time to die" to his girlfriend at that time.

UPDATE: Rainey has been cut.

Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert says in a statement:

"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."

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