Gators WR Chris Rainey Arrested For Stalking
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (CBS4) â€•
Florida Gators starting wide receiver Chris Rainey has been arrested by Gainesville Police on a charge of aggravated stalking. UF head coach Urban Meyer hasn’t spoken publicly, but offensive coordinator Steve Addazio said, “Chris Rainey is not a part of our team right now.”
The alleged stalking centered on a woman Rainey has been dating on and off for three years.
Rainey, a junior with the Gators, started against Miami of Ohio and finished with 6 catches for 34 yards and one touchdown. He was expected to play, and possibly start, against the University of Tennessee on Saturday.
Gainesville Police said the incident started after the woman missed a call from the UF star. The victim said Rainey came to her house and they talked before she told him to leave, according to police. The victim said Rainey then sent a text to the woman that: “Time to die,” according to the Sun.
When the police arrived, they directed the victim to call Rainey so that they could speak to him directly. The victim then said Rainey allegedly said, “Wait and see what happens when they leave.”
Police said Rainey admitted to sending the text message but said he didn’t make the comment about the police leaving.
Rainey was released from the Alachua County Jail on his own recognizance and ordered to have no contact with the victim. The alleged victim was in court with her mother and sister and said she isn’t afraid of Rainey, but was concerned about retribution from the public following the media attention.
The alleged victim has asked for the charges to be dropped.
“I did not want to have him arrested,” she said. “When the police came, I signed papers to not press any charges. I don’t fear for my safety. I’m not afraid of him. I’m more afraid of all the repercussions.”
Florida has been fighting a growing perception of problems with football players routinely getting arrested. Coach Meyer has suspended other players, even star players, after being arrested.
Meyer suspended defensive lineman Carlos Dunlap last year and receiver Frankie Hammond, Jr. this summer. Both were suspended immediately after their arrests.