Chris Rainey had two run-ins with the law during his rookie season

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Chris Rainey, the 2012 fifth-round draft pick who was sent packing by the Steelers after he was arrested on Thursday and accused of slapping his girlfriend, had two previously unreported run-ins with the law during his rookie season in Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Rainey was ticketed in September for driving on a suspended license, and in October he received a citation for “defiant trespass” at a racetrack casino.

When the Steelers announced on Thursday that they are cutting Rainey, they mentioned only his arrest on Thursday. But it may be that the Steelers decided to cut him not simply because of that incident, but because they viewed it as the last straw in a string of incidents. Rainey was already viewed as a character risk heading into the 2012 draft because of his history at Florida, where he was arrested for stalking an ex-girlfriend.

The ticket for driving on a suspended license was later dismissed for unknown reasons. The “defiant trespass” charge is a result of unusual circumstances: Rainey had signed himself up for Pennsylvania’s statewide gambling self-exclusion list, which allows individuals to have themselves banned from gambling establishments and ineligible to collect winnings. When Rainey showed up at the Meadows Racetrack & Casino outside Washington, Pennsylvania, despite being on that list, he was arrested.

The Post-Gazette reports that people usually sign themselves up for that list if they know they have a gambling problem and are worried that in a moment of weakness they’ll break down and gamble. It is unclear why Rainey chose to put himself on the list.

It is also unclear how both of these incidents were kept quiet during the season.

What is clear is that Rainey has run out of second chances. When the Steelers drafted him, they said they did so in part because of his relationship with center Maurkice Pouncey, whose family took Rainey in during high school. That relationship helped the Steelers overlook Rainey’s personal troubles. On Thursday, the Steelers essentially acknowledged that overlooking his personal troubles was a mistake.

41 responses to “Chris Rainey had two run-ins with the law during his rookie season

  1. If it was truly for self-help reasons, good for him for putting himself on the list. I guess it worked as intended.

    Kid had promise, but you can’t coach talent and also can’t coach character. And thus, goodbye CR.

  2. He’s hardly the first. Every team takes risks on some players every year. I would be interested in knowing what percentage of draftees have had legal issues. Fifth rounders have to understand they need to be doing it better and cleaner than the other guy.

    But – “It is also unclear how both of these incidents were kept quiet during the season” – there’s a difference between local cheerleading press and, for example, the NY media.

  3. I have no love for the Steelers but I respect how they deal with malcontents and bad apples on their team.

  4. Weird how the Steelers are able to sweep those two incidents under the rug with out them being reported, makes you wonder how many other incidents this team has had, or any team for that matter that doesn’t get reported…

    Just Sayin’

  5. You are only allowed have a string of misfortunes with women and motorcycles if you are a Steeler QB.

  6. Yeah, nobody who just stalks or slaps a woman is worthy to play for the Steelers. You really need to know how to use your fists.

  7. Dude, if you’re going to drive the 50 miles from Pittsburgh to a Washington casino because you just need to gamble that badly, yet you are on a list banning you from the casino, why not just drive the extra 30 miles to West Virginia and gamble legally? Guess that just shows the intelligence level of this guy.

    Funny to see my hometown mentioned here, on an aside :).

  8. This franchise is crumbling before our eyes. Couldn’t of happened to a more deserving group of players and fans

  9. Nice draft pick steelers. I mean seriously are you just openly targeting criminals for your football team

  10. Time for the fans to jump off all those Pittsburgh bridges. This team is in a heap of trouble. Cap hell, criminal players, .500 record. Yikes!

  11. getyourownname says:
    Jan 11, 2013 9:22 AM

    But – “It is also unclear how both of these incidents were kept quiet during the season” – there’s a difference between local cheerleading press and, for example, the NY media.
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    You mean like how it didn’t become public until January 8th that Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas was arrested in October for assaulting his wife, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, and possession of 20 tablets of suspected hydrocodone?

  12. Besides all this law stuff… (Innocent till proven guilty)…. This man is fast and looks like he has a promising future… Sure make example out of him… But he has skill sets that might make him a BALLER… He will go back to Pitt and make example out of that OLD MAN defense

  13. weepingjebus says:

    Yeah, nobody who just stalks or slaps a woman is worthy to play for the Steelers. You really need to know how to use your fists.
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    Really? Can you provide a name to go with that ridiculous assertion?

  14. brazzz01 says:
    Jan 11, 2013 9:23 AM
    I have no love for the Steelers but I respect how they deal with malcontents and bad apples on their team.
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    Absolutely, It’s great.

    If you’re a star player, nothing happens to you.

    If not, it’s time to hit the road.

  15. After the disruptive upbringing he endured then to get an opportunity thousands and thousands of men dream of and never get, to play in the NFL and then continue to behave badly and not appreciate a golden opportunity, he brought this on himself.

  16. eatitfanboy says:
    Jan 11, 2013 10:02 AM

    You mean like how it didn’t become public until January 8th that Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas was arrested in October for assaulting his wife, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, and possession of 20 tablets of suspected hydrocodone?
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    I’ll give you that one. Even though it’s not about an important item worthy of intensive press coverage, like a Sanchez tattoo.

  17. It is such a shame that a person like this that had such a bright future ahead of him would put himself in such a position. Some team will definitely pick him up for one last chance like Oakland

  18. It’s funny that it’s the same type of players(color) that are always in trouble. You never see the Mannings, Aaron Rodgers, drew Brees, matt Ryan, Tom Brady, Eric decker, Austin collie, Dallas Clark getting in trouble.
    Oh wait that’s because……..

  19. Gotta love the media in flyover country, remember a couple of years ago when the pittsburgh media didn’t report some of Roethlisberger’s antics? They are essentially cheerleaders writing sports articles.

  20. Being a fast rb with issues, the Rooneys cut you. Be a franchise qb with issues, well…… maybe you get one more chance.

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