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Steelers cut Chris Rainey hours after arrest

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The Steelers didn’t take long to react after running back Chris Rainey was arrested this morning and accused of slapping his girlfriend.

Just hours after the arrest, the Steelers announced that they waived Rainey. And the team made no secret of the fact that the arrest is what cost him his job.

“Chris Rainey’s actions this morning were extremely disappointing,” Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement released by the team. “Under the circumstances and due to this conduct, Chris will no longer be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

This is at least the second time that Rainey has been accused of a crime in which the victim was a woman he was in a relationship with. In 2010, when he played at Florida, he was arrested and charged with felony stalking after threatening his ex-girlfriend.

The Steelers took Rainey in the fifth round of last year’s NFL draft, and he played in all 16 games as a rookie, leading the team in kickoff returns and getting limited playing time on offense.

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  1. holleywood9 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:37 PM

    Yet Big Ben and his actions with women is fine. Way to draw the line Pitt.

  2. rhinosteel6 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:38 PM

    Sorry to see him go, but we arent the Ravens!

  3. ghostofgilchrist says: Jan 10, 2013 3:38 PM

    apparently 1 really is 2 many…

  4. golforepar says: Jan 10, 2013 3:38 PM

    Cue a call from the Lions in 3, 2, 1……

  5. blackngold4life says: Jan 10, 2013 3:38 PM

    WOW..

  6. footballfan01 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:39 PM

    Great response by the organization. The Rooney’s are the best.

  7. ravenution says: Jan 10, 2013 3:39 PM

    Harsh. What happened to America being the land of second chances? Guess thatt goes for certain people.

  8. FinFan68 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:39 PM

    I don’t disagree with cutting him but based on what has been reported on this incident it seems unfair (if based solely on this latest incident). I can see it if his overall history and production are considered but they basically claimed it was due to the incident reported today. Were the reported facts wrong or were they looking for an excuse–not that they need one.

  9. roxtar10 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:40 PM

    Might be an argument for “Due Process” here given the speed of the response, but congratulations to the Steelers on taking a stand. Refreshing to see a team put character before the game itself.

  10. ravenator says: Jan 10, 2013 3:41 PM

    I’d say it was a classy move by the steelers but then I look at their roster and realize they’ve had so many criminals, what’s one less.

  11. remyje says: Jan 10, 2013 3:42 PM

    guilty until proven innocent

  12. capone2510 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:42 PM

    Could somebody please show this to my Detroit Lions?

  13. mcmeen0576 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:42 PM

    Yet Big Ben is still on the team……

  14. AlanSaysYo says: Jan 10, 2013 3:43 PM

    Steel City men don’t hit women.

    Because Steel City women can hit back harder.

  15. therillest says: Jan 10, 2013 3:43 PM

    good riddance..

  16. patriotinvasion says: Jan 10, 2013 3:43 PM

    Speed on the market

  17. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Jan 10, 2013 3:43 PM

    raiders, bengals and lions will come calling ahahaha

  18. wallacejay says: Jan 10, 2013 3:43 PM

    And boom goes the dynamite

  19. football025 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:43 PM

    later rainey

  20. jamespetenbrink says: Jan 10, 2013 3:44 PM

    so pitt cuts rainey for slapping his gf who stole his property but kept alameda who went on a drunkin rampage. i dont get it. it took them days to let alameda go knowing they would sign him to practice squad and now back on roster

  21. andydaltonsgingereyebrows says: Jan 10, 2013 3:45 PM

    I love how they cut other players when trouble comes up but just give their creeper of a quarterback a stern talking to after 2 incidents! Classless organization!

  22. cbs1971 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:45 PM

    Good! Serves him right and maybe the other knuckleheads will get the message and wise up. It’s a privilege to play in the NFL or any other spectator sport that pays alot for their services.

  23. 4gone says: Jan 10, 2013 3:45 PM

    While the Steelers did cut him, I have already heard that Rihanna is interested

  24. cambodianbreastmilk says: Jan 10, 2013 3:45 PM

    Nice job stupid.

  25. kjs7way says: Jan 10, 2013 3:45 PM

    Good. Classy move by a so-so organization for a classless guy. UnitedInOrange! Go Broncos!

  26. mandtdefelice says: Jan 10, 2013 3:45 PM

    Can we please stop wasting draft picks on guys like this??

  27. navyeoddavee9 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:46 PM

    As a life long steeler, don’t understand how they cut this guy, but keep Alameda and hate to say it Ben.

  28. denverscott says: Jan 10, 2013 3:47 PM

    Nice to see someone set an example.

  29. 6superbowls says: Jan 10, 2013 3:47 PM

    Guy wasn’t that productive anyway.

    Queue trollers from Baltimore…

  30. nyyjetsknicks says: Jan 10, 2013 3:47 PM

    So when can we expect Big Ben to be cut?

  31. steelpalace302 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:47 PM

    He should have just raped her. The steelers are ok with the players raping woman just ask Ben

  32. rcali says: Jan 10, 2013 3:48 PM

    Don’t worry Mr. Rainey, the Jets will have a job for you. You and Bryan Thomas will have a lot in common.

  33. the042530 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:48 PM

    There goes a great kickoff returner…shame he did that. Could have had a great Steeler carreer.

  34. dowhatifeellike says: Jan 10, 2013 3:48 PM

    Funny how being accused of slapping a woman gets you cut but being accused of raping two women gets you a lecture and a disappointed sigh.

  35. thaoption1 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:48 PM

    Mike Tomlin I suggest after your contract ends BOLT. ASAP. What happen to innocent until proven guilty. Why didn’t they cut BIG Ben when he was accused of RAPE. RAPE I said people

  36. Steeley McBeam says: Jan 10, 2013 3:49 PM

    Haha the only RB we currently have on the roster under contract is FB Will Johnson.

  37. expatpatfan says: Jan 10, 2013 3:49 PM

    If this is true, there’s no excuse and he deserves to be cut (to say nothing about being prosecuted).

    That said, if you live in the Pittsburgh radio market, you know that Rainey is one of the most entertaining soundbite guys on the team, second only to Ike “Gun shotters get shot” Taylor. In this way, he will be missed.

  38. 3fingerlenny says: Jan 10, 2013 3:49 PM

    Seems like a classy guy

  39. keepingitrealdumb says: Jan 10, 2013 3:50 PM

    should have been a better player, they might have extended his contract.

    slap a woman that stole your phone, cut .. rape 2 women (possibly more) just a stern talking to.

    you stay classy pittsburgh

  40. riihab says: Jan 10, 2013 3:50 PM

    Ben Rapelisberger is laughing somewhere

  41. fedupincleveland says: Jan 10, 2013 3:50 PM

    At least the Steelers are consistent with players that abuse women….oh wait…they still have that rapist on their team don’t they?

  42. modellforprez says: Jan 10, 2013 3:50 PM

    rain rain go away…

  43. buddysguys says: Jan 10, 2013 3:50 PM

    cut Rainey for slapping a girl….Big Ben accused of RAPE more than once, still on the team…guess if you win a SB or two you really get to DO who/what you want even if they don’t want it.

  44. jpack1974 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:51 PM

    Yet Big Ben remains. Steelers are hard core against players acting up. Just ask them.

  45. keyser27 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:51 PM

    Let me get this straight..Big Ben Roethlisberger rapes a woman in a bathroom and gets suspended by the NFL. Chris Rainey slaps his girlfriend in a domestic dispute and gets waived. Both are very wrong acts but the Steelers don’t seem to hold players to the same accountability. Pathetic!

  46. enochmh2 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:52 PM

    I’m guessing not being arrested was not his resolution

  47. calhounlambeau says: Jan 10, 2013 3:52 PM

    They’ve now lost Ta’amu Alemeda and Chris Rainey, 4th and 5th round picks from the 2012 draft due in large part to stupid, criminal actions. Yikes.

  48. daknight93 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:52 PM

    Domestic Violence is a cancer and these football players don’t get it! hit a woman=losing your job just sad!

  49. rickastleydancemoves says: Jan 10, 2013 3:52 PM

    Sooo, why is Rashard Mendenhall still on the team?

  50. tdubdizzle says: Jan 10, 2013 3:53 PM

    Its about time…No need to keep a guy like that. Besides, Johnathan Dwyer is a monster.Hopefully Mendenhall is next, overrated.

  51. proBirdie says: Jan 10, 2013 3:54 PM

    If he was a Pro-Bowler would he have been cut?

  52. hifive123 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:54 PM

    So a Bengal had been playing for the Steelers…now it all makes sense.

  53. thedrake2 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:55 PM

    There are men who realize football is a game in which they are paid handsomely to play it well. Then there are bullies that get picked to play the game, but never know when the game begins and ends…

  54. 6superbowls says: Jan 10, 2013 3:56 PM

    ravenator says: Jan 10, 2013 3:41 PM

    I’d say it was a classy move by the steelers but then I look at their roster and realize they’ve had so many criminals, what’s one less.
    ______________________
    This coming from a team that praises Ray Lewis…

  55. 2difshoe says: Jan 10, 2013 3:56 PM

    Hey, someone has to be a scapegoat for Ben’s behavior.

  56. it's all bs says: Jan 10, 2013 3:56 PM

    hey let’s not allow the FACTS to get in the way: Big Ben was NEVER charged with anything let alone convicted!!!

  57. gweetarman says: Jan 10, 2013 3:56 PM

    I am a born and raised die hard Bronco fan but I freaking love the Steelers organization. They are nothing but class. Kudos to them for being a great model of how to conduct yourselves in every way.

  58. dowhatifeellike says: Jan 10, 2013 3:56 PM

    It’s a shame, if he sold more jerseys he’d still have a job.

  59. deathonwings410 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:56 PM

    He’ll be quietly resigned in March.

  60. timbuttrum says: Jan 10, 2013 3:58 PM

    Dallas has a player kill a teammate and he is back on the sidelines a week later. Pittsburgh has a player who slapped a woman and he’s now unemployed. One of many reasons why one franchise is almost in the playoffs every year and the other is more than often on the outside looking in.

  61. kmart0319 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:59 PM

    Cue a call from the Bengals in 3, 2, 1……

  62. jwreck says: Jan 10, 2013 4:04 PM

    4gone says: Jan 10, 2013 3:45 PM

    While the Steelers did cut him, I have already heard that Rihanna is interested
    __________
    Poor taste, but undeniably funny.

    More importantly: Demaryius Thomas, Rolando McClain, Philip Merling, Shawne Merriman, Chris Rainey; who else is continually frustrated by fun-to-watch players who you want to see succeed in the NFL, but end up being complete scumbags?

  63. dexterismyhero says: Jan 10, 2013 4:05 PM

    @deathonwings410 says:Jan 10, 2013 3:56 PM

    He’ll be quietly resigned in March by the Lions.

    There, fixed it for you

  64. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jan 10, 2013 4:05 PM

    Man, I’m all for terminating someone for behavior as egregious as that alleged (i.e., what Rainey was arrested for) — but do we have any idea whether any of the allegations are true?

    Anybody can say anything to get someone arrested. Just ask the Duke lacrosse team from a few years back.

    Again — if Rainey actually engaged in the misconduct, kudos to the Steelers. But is there enough info to determine if Rainey did, indeed, commit the alleged act(s)?

  65. acmepackers says: Jan 10, 2013 4:06 PM

    Good P.R. move for the Steelers. Need to appear on the “up and up” after a disappointing season.

  66. jwil007 says: Jan 10, 2013 4:07 PM

    you football fans taking shots at my Bengals you are about 7 years behind….We have community good decision dudes now…But when you only study your team and not the advancement of others your weak 1 liners get old….Its 2013 we havent lead the NFL in arrest in years…..Change your jokes its weak sauce…

  67. trojanwarrior007 says: Jan 10, 2013 4:08 PM

    this is why the NFLPA is a joke.

  68. nobisoreal says: Jan 10, 2013 4:09 PM

    Isn’t there a such thing as a legal system, and or due process? Why not see if he’s found guilty before he gets fired. There’s usually atleast 3 sides to a story, just because his girlfriend accused him of doing something doesn’t mean he did. Well, atleast he can look forward to that contract with the Bengals.

  69. goods65 says: Jan 10, 2013 4:10 PM

    so,if they knew his history of abuse then why did they draft him? weird.

  70. theroc5156 says: Jan 10, 2013 4:11 PM

    Let’s not forget James Harrison’s transgressions. He wasn’t cut either.

    If you are a good player, you can stay no matter what you did. If you aren’t a good player, we will cut you if you get arrested.

    Hypocrisy at its finest.

  71. steelers88 says: Jan 10, 2013 4:12 PM

    Rainey deserves to be cut this Is his 3rd time. First he has a gambling problem I heard. Second he stalks his former girlfriend and now you hit a woman? Shame on you Rainey shame on you. Though the Steelers should have cut Alemeda temu he did something way worse he was drinking and driving he almost killed a woman and the cops and that was his second D. U. I. and the Steelers gave him a second chance just doesn’t make any sense.

  72. geezohman says: Jan 10, 2013 4:16 PM

    but didn’t the Steelers keep a lineman when he did something wrong near the end of the season… can’t remember what it was.

  73. Deb says: Jan 10, 2013 4:17 PM

    I expect that if Roethlisberger had ever been arrested for anything and had ever assaulted anyone, he, too, would have been cut from the team. But one accusation came a year after a one-night stand from a woman who texted friends that she couldn’t wait to see him again. Another came from a woman who many many witnesses said had followed him from club to club, climbing all over him. And her medical exam showed she didn’t have sex with anyone that night. Authorities in both jurisdictions said they had no evidence any crime had been committed.

    But don’t let the facts get in the way of your pithy comments.

  74. getyourownname says: Jan 10, 2013 4:18 PM

    Yes, it’s hypocritical, in that other players with similar or worse transgressions have been kept on the squad.

    But before jumping the Steelers, everyone knows virtually all other teams have players who have faced some sort of charge as well.

  75. andrewproughcfe says: Jan 10, 2013 4:18 PM

    Rainey had a very poor year at running back – they were going to cut him anyway. This is just an opportune time to “send a message”, like they did with Santonio Holmes.

  76. dowhatifeellike says: Jan 10, 2013 4:19 PM

    FinFan68 says:
    Jan 10, 2013 3:39 PM
    I don’t disagree with cutting him but based on what has been reported on this incident it seems unfair (if based solely on this latest incident). I can see it if his overall history and production are considered but they basically claimed it was due to the incident reported today. Were the reported facts wrong or were they looking for an excuse–not that they need one.

    This was done in public and there was at least one witness. If I did that I’d get fired too.

  77. Deb says: Jan 10, 2013 4:21 PM

    @theroc5156 …

    Harrison wasn’t cut because a) it was an isolated incident that did not occur in public, b) he called the team when it happened before they learned of it from any other source, and c) he immediately agreed to anger-management therapy. He hasn’t had any incidents since.

    Yes, I’m sure his value to the team weighed in his favor. But so did the way he handled the situation.

  78. micahernst says: Jan 10, 2013 4:23 PM

    This is a bummer for me. I know Rainey didn’t have a great year, but I always like to see an speedy option at RB. Seemed like he had a lot of upside so it’s too bad they let him go.

  79. SparkyGump says: Jan 10, 2013 4:25 PM

    So why wasn’t Rothlesberger cut? Oh yea, different sets of rules.

  80. jlove918 says: Jan 10, 2013 4:26 PM

    Big Ben was never arrested, but we all know he got a slap on the wrist. He is with the right team since likes stealing things. It is unfortunate that some of these talented athletes can’t be thankful for what GOD has blessed them with and stay out of trouble. They are human though.

  81. eleventyeight says: Jan 10, 2013 4:29 PM

    When was Ben Roethlisberger EVER charged with a crime?

    And Ravens fans pointing fingers? REALLY?

    Raven fan hypocrisy #1 reason their team fails in post-season.

  82. thedubixcube says: Jan 10, 2013 4:30 PM

    Let’s not be too quick to praise the Steelers organization just yet. This isn’t a “classy” move on the team’s part by any stretch. In recent years, the Steelers have shown that the amount of B.S. they’re willing to deal with out of a given player is directly proportional to two things: 1.) How much they have invested in said player & 2.) How good said player is.

  83. azarkhan says: Jan 10, 2013 4:32 PM

    Obviously they were thinking about cutting him anyway, and so decided to “make a statement”.

  84. stevincinci says: Jan 10, 2013 4:33 PM

    Bengals cut Ahmad Brooks the day after he slapped his girlfriend. Don’t think they’ll be calling Rainey.

  85. gacoltfan says: Jan 10, 2013 4:35 PM

    Deb says:
    Jan 10, 2013 4:17 PM
    I expect that if Roethlisberger had ever been arrested for anything and had ever assaulted anyone, he, too, would have been cut from the team. But one accusation came a year after a one-night stand from a woman who texted friends that she couldn’t wait to see him again. Another came from a woman who many many witnesses said had followed him from club to club, climbing all over him. And her medical exam showed she didn’t have sex with anyone that night. Authorities in both jurisdictions said they had no evidence any crime had been committed.

    But don’t let the facts get in the way of your pithy comments.

    ———————————————–

    If your comments are true, then why would the league suspend him for 4 games? Being innocent and not having enough evidence to convict are two different things.

  86. FinFan68 says: Jan 10, 2013 4:35 PM

    dowhatifeellike says:
    Jan 10, 2013 4:19 PM
    This was done in public and there was at least one witness. If I did that I’d get fired too.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    The report I read was that she stole his phone and he slapped her while trying to retrieve it. Not that I condone hitting a woman but his response (as reported) was not “unreasonable” force under the circumstances. I am not saying he didn’t deserve to be cut but this incident is far less severe than many other incidents involving Steelers who were not cut. Either the story has been reported wrong or the Steelers reason is BS. He was not a valuable asset and was let go

  87. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 10, 2013 4:37 PM

    thedubixcube | Jan 10, 2013, 4:30 PM EST
    Let’s not be too quick to praise the Steelers organization just yet. This isn’t a “classy” move on the team’s part by any stretch. In recent years, the Steelers have shown that the amount of B.S. they’re willing to deal with out of a given player is directly proportional to two things: 1.) How much they have invested in said player & 2.) How good said player is.

    Show me a team that is doing otherwise…the Ravens right?

  88. eleventyeight says: Jan 10, 2013 4:42 PM

    So very impressive to see all the high-and-mighty pointing fingers at Ben Roethlisberger.

    Jealousy is such an ugly and revealing glamour.

  89. wycoff says: Jan 10, 2013 4:43 PM

    Deb says:Jan 10, 2013 4:17 PM

    I expect that if Roethlisberger had ever been arrested for anything and had ever assaulted anyone, he, too, would have been cut from the team. But one accusation came a year after a one-night stand from a woman who texted friends that she couldn’t wait to see him again. Another came from a woman who many many witnesses said had followed him from club to club, climbing all over him. And her medical exam showed she didn’t have sex with anyone that night. Authorities in both jurisdictions said they had no evidence any crime had been committed.
    ________

    Great post, Deb.

  90. wycoff says: Jan 10, 2013 4:47 PM

    gacoltfan-

    If your comments are true, then why would the league suspend him for 4 games?
    _____

    Because Goodell is arbitrary & capricious (see the Saints case, for example). The media tried and convicted Ben without regard for the facts of the case and Goodell caved.

  91. jwreck says: Jan 10, 2013 4:47 PM

    dexterismyhero says: Jan 10, 2013 4:05 PM

    @deathonwings410 says:Jan 10, 2013 3:56 PM

    He’ll be quietly resigned in March by the Lions.

    There, fixed it for you
    ________
    deathonwings410 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:56 PM

    He’ll be quietly resigned in March.
    ________
    Don’t want to sound like a tool, but PFT really needs to do a special feature on the difference between resigned and re-signed. Richard Nixon resigned from office. The Steelers will have have trouble re-signing Mike Wallace.

  92. ldtsea says: Jan 10, 2013 4:49 PM

    The Rooneys will not put up with behavior like this! Who does he think he is, a quarterback?!

  93. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 10, 2013 4:53 PM

    I don’t get it :

    Ray Lewis= guilty of obstructing justice in murder case

    Ben = Accused of rape

    Someone please explain the morality issues in play

  94. Deb says: Jan 10, 2013 4:55 PM

    gacoltfan says:

    Deb says:

    If your comments are true, then why would the league suspend him for 4 games? Being innocent and not having enough evidence to convict are two different things.
    ————————————————-
    As I posted, the medical exam showed the woman did not have sex with anyone that night. That is more than not having enough evidence to convict. That is having positive evidence the crime did not occur.

    NFL security did conduct a separate investigation into the Milledgeville incident and came up with the same findings as the Georgia State Police (I’ve done extensive research on this case and spoken to investigators involved.) In the letter he sent to Roethlisberger informing him of the suspension, Goodell specifically said that he had NO REASON to disagree with the findings of the criminal investigation. He said he was suspending Ben because of his public drunkenness, and because he was buying rounds for the room, which included already intoxicated students who were (unknown to him) under the legal drinking age of 21. Goodell said that was conduct unbecoming someone in Ben’s position.

    Basically, Goodell bowed to public pressure. He was the first NFL player ever suspended with no arrest, no warning, and no prior incidents on his NFL record. Vince Young–then still a starting QB–was shortly afterward arrested for a violent altercation in a Tennessee strip club and received no suspension despite being arrested, and having prior incidents on his record. Had Ben been a less public figure–like the Broncos’ Perrish Cox, who was tried for rape without being suspended–he would not have been suspended.

  95. eleventyeight says: Jan 10, 2013 4:59 PM

    “…the Steelers should have cut Alemeda temu he did something way worse …”

    ————————————————————–

    The Steelers DID immediately cut him. Once he claired waivers thru 31 other teams they signed him to the practice squad until the season ended when he was automatically added to the off-season 90-man roster, at a hugely lowered salary and zero gaurantee off making it into training camp.
    Ta’amu Alameda DID get spit-canned, and will likely be cut for good once the trial starts.

  96. cromagnums says: Jan 10, 2013 5:04 PM

    As Mike Tomlin would say, “the standard is the double standard”

  97. philvil41 says: Jan 10, 2013 5:04 PM

    Screw the Steelers and all of their fans.

  98. matthewcarlson1 says: Jan 10, 2013 5:05 PM

    Steelers going RB in the first round?

  99. mounty2033 says: Jan 10, 2013 5:07 PM

    Big Ben even went to counseling for his issues and admitted he had issues with alcohol and other things. I guess admitting it is not enough. Just keep getting in trouble Ben, it is ok.

  100. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Jan 10, 2013 5:11 PM

    Got to make up for Rottenberger’s non-punishable behavior somehow!

  101. stiller9305 says: Jan 10, 2013 5:20 PM

    Rainey was repeat offender on a very short leash and he knew it. This is no isolated incident. The Rooneys are good people but they are not fools. They needed the depth at RB but so it goes. Kid has no one to blame but himself.

  102. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Jan 10, 2013 5:24 PM

    The people saying Big Ben raped 2 women are clearly exaggerating. He was only accused of sexual assault. Also the people touting his innocence forget that he settled those cases out of court. Not necessarily guilty, but not exactly innocent. But don’t let your “facts”(bias opinions) get in the way.

  103. gadgetking2010 says: Jan 10, 2013 5:24 PM

    he was also ticketed in December for refusing to leave a casino. he put himself on a list to ban himself from the casino. but refused to leave when asked.

    having this incident so soon after is indicative of a increasingly negative pattern.

  104. gadgetking2010 says: Jan 10, 2013 5:24 PM

    he was also ticketed in December for refusing to leave a casino. he put himself on a list to ban himself from the casino. but refused to leave when asked.

    having this incident so soon after is indicative of a increasingly negative pattern.

  105. theroc5156 says: Jan 10, 2013 5:26 PM

    @ Deb

    Then why not give Rainey the same deal as Harrison? Cedrick Wilson got arrested and cut for a similiar crime that Harrison did.

  106. bat42boy says: Jan 10, 2013 5:26 PM

    Best decision the Steelers have made this season. Just hope other teams do the same thing with their malcontents. It’s time the NFL takes a positive attitude and start cleaning up their great sport. Now, if we can get the NBA, MLB and NHL to do the same thing, along with college football and basketball.

  107. iamthefootballjerk says: Jan 10, 2013 5:29 PM

    I am a Ravens fan, so I will disclose that first. I also think that the Steelers have a first class organization (not saying anything about the fans though).

    With that said, I like this move. And for anyone to compare this to Big Ben, c’mon. You can’t compare the two players, just ask Jimmy Johnson.

  108. thedudesnotin says: Jan 10, 2013 5:30 PM

    Every team has a Chris Rainey. In a country of 330+ million people, what are the chances a few could be messed up in the head?

    Part of me wonders why they didn’t just give the guy orders to attend Anger Management and give him a second chance?

    I hope the NFLPA somehow get involved and the Steelers get a slap on the wrist, instead of the, errr,,face…but that probably won’t happen as long as they have the President of Old Boys Network owning the team.

  109. wycoff says: Jan 10, 2013 5:34 PM

    “Also the people touting his innocence forget that he settled those cases out of court.”

    He didn’t “settle” the Georgia case- there were no criminal charges, and it wasn’t a civil suit.

    The Nevada settlement came after his name had already been throroughly smeared by the media- there was no way he was going to get a fair trial after that (see, for example, the gacolts post saying that he must be guilt since he was suspended).

  110. gettingpwned says: Jan 10, 2013 5:36 PM

    Strange move. Especially after the Hawaiian guy incident this year. Then again, Art is back. Might have something to do with it.

  111. scoobies05 says: Jan 10, 2013 5:38 PM

    wow everyone….big shocker here. a backup rb is accused of something and is cut and a franchise player is accused of something and the organization tries to help them. every team in the league has at some point had to deal with a situation like this. pittsburgh kept ben baltimore kept ray because they are great players and this is a business. whether its right or wrong is up for debate. i am a ravens fan til the end but i do believe balto and pitt are class organizations. but geez…isnt the name calling and self righteousness of fans getting old and tired. lets just make fun of our rivals and leave the police blotter stuff alone.

  112. vincentvega513 says: Jan 10, 2013 5:40 PM

    Another fumble Chris???

  113. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Jan 10, 2013 5:41 PM

    Some astounding ignorance being displayed by Steeler haters here. Chris Rainey was arrested. Ben Roethlisberger was not charged. In the least. Period.

    For those who think it is one and the same, never, ever serve on a jury. You would be spitting in the face of the United States judicial system that has worked pretty well for over 220 years.

  114. nightrain42 says: Jan 10, 2013 5:47 PM

    2 wasted draft choices from last yrs draft. Nice

  115. chilomane says: Jan 10, 2013 5:48 PM

    Way to stand up for women steelers!

  116. wycoff says: Jan 10, 2013 5:58 PM

    Deb-

    Basically, Goodell bowed to public pressure. He was the first NFL player ever suspended with no arrest, no warning, and no prior incidents on his NFL record. Vince Young–then still a starting QB–was shortly afterward arrested for a violent altercation in a Tennessee strip club and received no suspension despite being arrested, and having prior incidents on his record. Had Ben been a less public figure–like the Broncos’ Perrish Cox, who was tried for rape without being suspended–he would not have been suspended.
    ________________

    Another great post, Deb. Also, there was a racial aspect to it. Goodell hadn’t suspended a white player yet and, given the Vick situation, some in the media (such as Kevin Blackistone) argued that failing to suspend Roethlisberger would show Goodell’s racial bias. Goodell caved due to media pressure.

  117. Deb says: Jan 10, 2013 6:00 PM

    @theroc5156 …

    First, neither of us owns the Pittsburgh Steelers, or knows these guys personally. I think employers have the right to determine which workers are worth the extra effort–based on their value to the organization–and which aren’t. To me, that’s just business.

    Second, no matter how ticky-tacky I consider this incident, Rainey has a history of domestic violence arrests. The operative word is history. Wilson walked into a restaurant and fist-punched his girlfriend in the face.

    Harrison was arguing with his girlfriend about whether to baptize their son. He broke down a door, broke a cell phone, and slapped her. I’m not condoning the behavior in any way, shape, or form. But he immediately called the Rooneys, and entered anger management and therapy. There has never been another domestic incident. And Dan Rooney, a devout Catholic, defended Harrison over the baptism thing. Not agreeing … just saying. I can’t speak for the Rooneys, but that seemed to have an impact on the decisionmaking.

  118. Deb says: Jan 10, 2013 6:01 PM

    Thanks, wycoff. And you are exactly right. Didn’t want to press my luck opening that can of worms :)

  119. stairwayto7 says: Jan 10, 2013 6:06 PM

    Another SEC criminal!

  120. kev86 says: Jan 10, 2013 6:07 PM

    Plax at a local florist right now. Unarmed.

  121. bengalskuta82 says: Jan 10, 2013 6:08 PM

    Two things:
    1. Hope the Bengals can see what the steelers front office did and learn something here. Its a copy-cat league, so why not..
    2. Ben did some of the worse things but hes still there on the team.I guess it depends on how important the player is to the team..oopps!

  122. sabatimus says: Jan 10, 2013 6:10 PM

    How long until the NFLPA files a grievance against the Steelers?

  123. maybenextyearbrowns says: Jan 10, 2013 6:24 PM

    But pinning women against a stall is ok.

  124. jssgriffi says: Jan 10, 2013 6:30 PM

    Another pathetic excuse for a man

  125. sbs9101314304043 says: Jan 10, 2013 6:32 PM

    The Steelers did the right thing. Quit whining about Ben and James Harrison. They take each situation and deal with it in a fair way. Chris Rainey was not a fit for the Steelers, move on.

    If you and I did what Ray Lewis did, we would be in jail with the killers that Ray rode home.

    Ravenator, I put my Steelers against your old Ravens anytime. Bronco will handle them and then watch the wheels fall off in the off season.

  126. punkyqb says: Jan 10, 2013 6:33 PM

    If he was the starting QB do you think he would have been cut.Apparently RB’s are a dime a dozen now a days.

  127. davidb67 says: Jan 10, 2013 6:39 PM

    Seriously. Are all of you that are lauding the Steelers for “doing the right thing” and for “taking a stance” electing to ignore the whole Rothlesberger incidents (yes plural) or are you drinking the same Kool-aid Steelers management drinks. However, if they are turning over a new leaf and setting a zero tolerance policy for ALL of their players, the kudos to the Steelers organization!

  128. randallflagg52 says: Jan 10, 2013 6:43 PM

    So why is James Harrison still on the team, he’s been accused of domestic assault more than once.

    Also funny how this guy was the greatest thing since sliced bread before, but now that he’s cut steeler fans claim they’re glad he’s gone and was bound to get cut anyway.

  129. 8man says: Jan 10, 2013 6:56 PM

    I’m certainly not advocating supporting anyone who beats on women.

    But shouldn’t we wait until the facts have been authoritatively established before we decided someone’s fate? As it stands right now, it is an “accusation.”

    There is an old saying, “A rumor is half the way around the world before words of the truth have even begun to be spoken”…or something like that.

  130. Deb says: Jan 10, 2013 7:15 PM

    randallflagg52, we’ve more than answered your question. How about reading the comments? And how exactly has Chris Rainey been the greatest thing since sliced bread for the Steelers? He was okay, but I wish we’d have given Marquis Maze a shot on returns.

  131. scoobies05 says: Jan 10, 2013 7:15 PM

    hey sbs…if your steelers can handle the ravens then why do u need the bronocs to do it…i know i know…because the steelers didnt make the playoffs

  132. ridgeavenuehr says: Jan 10, 2013 7:20 PM

    If I had two employees who broke the law,and one was rotten to the core, and one was just a bonehead from time to time, I would have no problem firing the one and not the other.

  133. halftermguv says: Jan 10, 2013 7:55 PM

    He was advised before the draft that his prior conduct was on NFL teams radars and should have known that he was on a short leash (no matter what team he was on).

    Good news Ravens fans, I’ve located your higher ground and its in a national park!

    Death Valley National Park…+100 feet below sea level.

  134. eleventyeight says: Jan 10, 2013 8:00 PM

    “”But pinning women against a stall is ok.””

    —————————————————————

    Did you just make this up a minute ago? Because i’ve read everything on that alleged incident and that never happened.

    I guess when truth gets in the way ya just lie, huh?

  135. dmretrogames says: Jan 10, 2013 8:38 PM

    When was Ben arrested?

  136. silverhornet says: Jan 10, 2013 8:41 PM

    But is it really surprising that franchise quarterbacks who have taken you to multiple Super Bowls are treated differently?

  137. steelers6rngs says: Jan 10, 2013 8:57 PM

    Guess now he know he’s not a GATOR anymore!!

  138. thaoption1 says: Jan 10, 2013 9:00 PM

    I do believe if he slap a female he deserves to be punish but Big Ben was accused of RAPE that’s a big difference. Then he SETTLE out of court which showed his GUILT.

  139. bensstinkyfingers says: Jan 10, 2013 9:17 PM

    Even though the brows have sucked for past few years, at least they are the classiest franchise in the AFC North. rapists, murderers, women beaters infest the rest of the teams in the division. the cream wills soon be rising to the top, and the turds shall sink to where they belong.

  140. koenig61 says: Jan 10, 2013 9:50 PM

    What disturbs me the most is that I believe ravenator is a chick?!? Is it possible the filth that comes from the ravenator a posts is actually a woman. Now that’s disturbing. So much easier to chalk it up to nonsense when I thought ravenator was a 13 year old boy, or 40 year old man living in his moms basement. To think ravenator is a girl, I just don’t even know how to deal with that.

    I still don’t get the Ben comments. Man was never charged with anything. I don’t understand how anyone can even compare accusations with and actual charge such as Ray Lewis had. So Ben slept with a woman in Vegas, and then didnt want to see her again, and after months of her bragging about it when she learned he didnt want to see her again, she claimed rape. In Georgia, a legally drunk young lady claimed he raped her in a bathroom, but the hospital she went to said no intercourse occurred.

    This doesn’t excuse Ben from bad judgement, but compared to 2 men dead, a missing bloody suit, it’s not even close, yet the league wants to pass Ray Lewis off has this saint, and chooses to ignore his criminal past. I really don’t want to judge ray Lewis, but the group that slams Ben, but gives ray a pass, has a disjointed view of accusations, and 2 dead people.

  141. jdfrox says: Jan 10, 2013 11:35 PM

    And to the knuckleheads that try and draw a distinction between Ray Lewis being charged with murder and Ben not being charged with rape and how that relates to their ultimate guilt, keep in mind the charges against Lewis were DROPPED when he pled guilty to lying to the police. You don’t let someone plea to obstruction of justice and get no jail time if you think they really did murder someone. The old saying goes you can indict a ham sandwich. So in no way does the fact that one guy was charged and the other not have anything to do with this argument we will all probably be having at the hall of fame some day. At the end of the day, the authorities in both cases decided there was not enough evidence to convict either of these guys and in Bens case no charges were bright and in Rays the charges were dropped.

  142. bubbahotepp says: Jan 11, 2013 12:07 AM

    Cut loose for slapping his girlfriend? My, how the world has changed. Ernie Holmes shot the tires out of trucks on the Ohio Turnpike, then shot at a state police helicopter, hitting a cop. He played for 5 more years for the Steelers after that. Of course, there is a lot more to that story. Still……

  143. peteypabs says: Jan 11, 2013 2:40 AM

    So let me get this straight you unedumacated Steeler fans…Lets say you are at one of the hole in wall you call a bar with your friends. Your friends invite their friends who you don’t even know and they commit a crime. By your comments, that makes you guilty???

  144. stoogy says: Jan 11, 2013 7:09 AM

    this teams a joke

  145. scoobies05 says: Jan 11, 2013 2:28 PM

    great post by jdrfox

  146. coachbeck says: Jan 11, 2013 8:47 PM

    Sweet drafting Pitt. Won’t be long till it catches up with ya. Back to the 80′s for the steelers

  147. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 12, 2013 7:18 AM

    Simple explanation from a simple mind… But wrong

  148. gatornation85 says: Jan 17, 2013 4:02 PM

    Patriot in 2013.

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