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Chris Rainey cut for disciplinary reasons, not football reasons

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For the second time in his brief NFL career, running back Chris Rainey has been cut for off-field reasons.

Rainey was cut by the Colts today for violating team rules, Adam Schefter ‏of ESPN reports. Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star adds that the release is conduct related and that head coach Chuck Pagano plans to provide more details.

What’s clear is that the decision was not about Rainey’s performance on the football field at training camp, which is consistent with what Pagano has been saying about Rainey: Pagano raved over the weekend about how much he likes Rainey, and when running back Vick Ballard was lost for the season with a knee injury, it appeared that Rainey would play an important role on the team as a backup running back as well as a kick returner.

Instead, Rainey has been released for something he did off the field. We don’t know exactly what that “something” was, but we do know that this has happened to Rainey before: The Steelers cut him shortly after his rookie year ended following an arrest on a charge of battery against his girlfriend. Now that Rainey has blown his second chance with the Colts, he’ll have to hope some team is willing to give him a third chance.

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53 Responses to “Chris Rainey cut for disciplinary reasons, not football reasons”
  1. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 28, 2014 9:37 AM

    dude looks like a future Patriot to me

  2. tyschwab says: Jul 28, 2014 9:37 AM

    Feel bad about this situation. Fantastic talent, poor decisions. He was great with Pittsburgh in the limited time he was there. Hoped he could turn it around after he was cut.

  3. floratiotime says: Jul 28, 2014 9:39 AM

    Chris … phone call for you. It’s the Ravens.

  4. troy43mvp says: Jul 28, 2014 9:40 AM

    I can see clearly now the Rain(ey) is gone…………

  5. nygiantsfan22 says: Jul 28, 2014 9:40 AM

    Next stop: Baltimore, MD.

  6. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 28, 2014 9:41 AM

    “The Steelers cut him shortly after his rookie year ended following an arrest on a charge of battery against his girlfriend.”

    Now this is the way it should be handled when RB’s beat their significant others.

  7. 700levelvet says: Jul 28, 2014 9:43 AM

    Way to piss it all away again ..Moron

  8. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 28, 2014 9:44 AM

    Maybe Urban Meyer should have had him for more Bible studies and prayer meetings with all the other criminials from his UF teams.

  9. Getoffmylawn! says: Jul 28, 2014 9:45 AM

    What happened, was he caught driving with a briefcase of prescription drugs and money or something?

  10. doe22us says: Jul 28, 2014 9:45 AM

    If you are a marginal football player at best, boy you need to keep your nose clean. However, some of these guys are too slow to recognize that.

  11. tommikula says: Jul 28, 2014 9:46 AM

    When he was drafted by Pittsburgh, Markice Pouncey raived about how great this guy was as he grew up with the Pouncey family. Between Rainey, the Pouncey twins and Hernadez all being close friends I see nothing but a big steaming pile of trash since trouble always seems to find all of them.

  12. billswillnevermove says: Jul 28, 2014 9:46 AM

    It’s hard to believe these guys keep dong this crap. SMH!!!

  13. barrywhererufrom says: Jul 28, 2014 9:47 AM

    I hope a clown like Rainey would NEVER get a third chance. Sadly when you can play it happens. This is what happens when character does NOT matter and individuals like Rainey get scholarships and eventually are talented enough to play in the NFL. Let’s hope we see the last of guys like him in the NFL period.

  14. thejuddstir says: Jul 28, 2014 9:48 AM

    Too bad that Rainey didn’t have $29,000 in cash on him when he got into trouble, it might have been an entirely different story then !

  15. rainponcho87 says: Jul 28, 2014 9:49 AM

    Sad guys like this can’t keep it together enough for a job a lot of other guys dream of.

  16. jpiro says: Jul 28, 2014 9:51 AM

    Another of Urban Meyer’s “Top 1% of the Top 1%.”

    Class act you ran down there in Gainesville, Corch.

  17. honkeyt says: Jul 28, 2014 9:51 AM

    See what it’s like to work a real job and see if you can appreciate what you had then.

  18. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 28, 2014 9:53 AM

    so Steelers kept BigBen after the rape… and continue to keep Pouncey… but Rainey is below standards………. this says a lot

    Rainey – Hello Mr. Kraft….

  19. riflemanlax says: Jul 28, 2014 9:59 AM

    If I had the potential to make millions, and all I had to do was not beat women or take drugs, well… I’m fully qualified to do that.

  20. imbaked247 says: Jul 28, 2014 10:02 AM

    Patriots no, Ravens no, 49ers maybe.

  21. theageofquarrel says: Jul 28, 2014 10:06 AM

    Fozzie Newsome: “Sign here kid,you are the kind of player that fits right in here in!!”

    Rainey: “I’m gonna knock you out with my skill!!!”

  22. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 28, 2014 10:08 AM

    Sounds like a case of over-promising and under-delivering. Don’t get caught doing both simultaneously.

  23. tformation says: Jul 28, 2014 10:14 AM

    Strike three and you’re out, champ.

    In a way, the guy’s lucky to get cut now… there’s bound to be a team in camp now that could use competition at his level, but getting cut by two different teams for non-football reasons certainly gives teams a reason to be cautious.

    Twice, after all, is a pattern.

  24. thetruthcampaign says: Jul 28, 2014 10:16 AM

    They tried to trade him to the Browns first.

  25. lenbias34pt says: Jul 28, 2014 10:27 AM

    IMOP it’s damn tough to get arrested in this country.

    Now i know Dr. Rainey wasn’t pulled by the cops this time, but still, it’s not like the Colts are trying to find off field incidents to cut players for.

    Please Dr. Rainey save your life. You are the only one who can

  26. tictoccpthook says: Jul 28, 2014 10:29 AM

    He has passed the Ravens entrance exam.

  27. jasnite says: Jul 28, 2014 10:31 AM

    The Steelers cut him for battery against his girlfriend….and the NFL gives Ray Rice a 2 game suspension for knocking his girlfriend out cold….go figure…..

  28. garyridgway says: Jul 28, 2014 10:35 AM

    Won’t be surprised at all if he ends up on the Hawks. Carroll likes to give guys a 2nd chance, Lynch holding out, and the guy is young and talented. Sounds like a Carroll guy to me.

  29. bfree2k says: Jul 28, 2014 10:50 AM

    Geez! Those Urban Meyer U of F players. They are real stand up human beings, aren’t they?

  30. cubano76 says: Jul 28, 2014 10:55 AM

    “HELLOOOO Baltimore!”

  31. 1rockyracoon says: Jul 28, 2014 11:00 AM

    Has there ever been a player more equipped to be on the Ravens?

    Ravens fans may be tired of the jokes, but that’s what happens when your team embraces low character players.

  32. shlort says: Jul 28, 2014 11:18 AM

    This type of character will be out of football at the college level once the unions get student athletes paid. That is the upside of paying college players. It will be easy to see who can handle having a few bucks in their pocket and who cannot.

  33. joelvis72 says: Jul 28, 2014 11:20 AM

    “He’ll have to hope some team is willing to give him a turd chance.”

  34. richie078 says: Jul 28, 2014 11:20 AM

    I recall that Rainey was suspended at Florida for beating up his girlfriend. At some point, you have to wonder about what kind of woman would be with him.

  35. mrgroovesd says: Jul 28, 2014 11:27 AM

    Some of these pro ball players are bone headed that it amazes me sometimes but doesn’t surprise me. They get a second chance in which most people in society do not get and they blow it away…again! Way to go guy!

  36. cueghost says: Jul 28, 2014 11:36 AM

    He ought to have a 49ers contract by the end of the day…

  37. cmurr49 says: Jul 28, 2014 12:11 PM

    Did they cut Irsay to be consistent?

  38. ravenswhat says: Jul 28, 2014 12:16 PM

    If the Steelers cut a guy for off field problems, that should be good enough reason that he’s beyond repair. Their management is prob better or equal to yours. Don’t think you will turn him around when they couldn’t.

  39. guachosporlife says: Jul 28, 2014 12:17 PM

    What’s wrong with these guys? Mental health issues, drugs? Grown so-called men that can’t behave…embarassing.

  40. ravenswhat says: Jul 28, 2014 12:20 PM

    Why do people keep bringing up Irsay here? Irsay owns the team. Rainey was a borderline guy trying to make the team. In life, there are double standards. Generally, you get to bounce back if you…you know..own the team not if you are a fringe talent incapable of walking a straight line in your 2nd chance.

  41. Bull Rush says: Jul 28, 2014 12:41 PM

    I find it funny all the Steeler trolls who claim they are a higher order because the Steelers cut him and Ravens didn’t cut Rice. Yet they happily employed Ben and continue to happily employ Adams. The different is clear: marginal player vs. a playmaker. You are not better than everyone else.

  42. luccabrazzi says: Jul 28, 2014 12:48 PM

    Another gator with issues. That university is not having any luck with glowing representations of themselves. Good luck to Rainey in the future. But dang kid, keep your head on straight will ya.

  43. soldyou says: Jul 28, 2014 12:54 PM

    Alot of Gator haters on here…

    These guys didn’t get in trouble at Florida because of how Urban ran his program…is it the parent’s fault when a 22-26 year old screws up?

  44. 6superbowls says: Jul 28, 2014 1:00 PM

    politicallyincorrect says: Jul 28, 2014 9:53 AM

    so Steelers kept BigBen after the rape… and continue to keep Pouncey… but Rainey is below standards………. this says a lot
    ——————————————-

    Get you facts straight hater.

  45. superslugg says: Jul 28, 2014 1:09 PM

    Go to the ravens. They don’t care what you as long as it doesn’t affect revenue

  46. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 28, 2014 1:25 PM

    nfl really needs to require some kind of screening of Urban Meyer players before being draft eligible

    Rainey sounds like a future Patriot though

  47. pittsburghdamned says: Jul 28, 2014 1:45 PM

    Don’t listen to anyone bad-mouthing you Christopher.
    This is why you went to college. Now let’s go put that fine education to work.

  48. bricktop02 says: Jul 28, 2014 2:19 PM

    When keeping it real goes wrong.

  49. blitzman67 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:35 PM

    He was not ” Great ” with the Steelers. He was ok.

  50. laxer37 says: Jul 28, 2014 3:56 PM

    Hard to believe a guy that grew up with the Pouncy twins, and looked up to them as brothers, keeps making poor decisions.

  51. pacodawg says: Jul 28, 2014 3:57 PM

    Please tell me TRICH will not be the starter.

  52. Ferdinand says: Jul 28, 2014 7:33 PM

    The League needs a lot more coaches with integrity. They have a small handful now, but it’s a small handful.

  53. fpurcell says: Jul 29, 2014 11:38 AM

    No, he in-fact was cut for ‘football reasons’, in that he’s not good enough a player to be a able to act like a knuckle-head. If he had more football talent, then either the Colts or Steelers before would have managed his off-field issues.

    Sure those ‘disciplinary reasons’ led to him not being on a 90-man roster … but his being cut also comes because of his not having much more than run-of-the-mill NFL caliber talent.

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