UPDATE: Chris Rainey was seen by Alachua County Judge Denise R. Ferrero this morning and released, being ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim. The victim was also present in court and there were some interesting details from the proceedings, according to The Gainesville Sun.
The alleged victim was also in court, with her mother and sister, and told the judge she does not fear Rainey but does fear the attention the case has drawn from the media.
"People all over the country have been calling my cell phone," the woman said. "I'm not afraid of him. I'm more afraid of all the repercussions."
She also told Ferrero that she had not intended for Rainey to be arrested.
(ORIGINAL POST): The Florida Gators are 2-0 so far in the 2010 season, but have seen themselves drop in the polls after each week of play. Their defense, most notably the secondary, has been outstanding, forcing 8 interceptions against their first two opponents. The offense, other than the play of Jeffery Demps, has been a concern for head coach Urban Meyer.
Meyer received some bad news early Tuesday morning with the report that Chris Rainey, the speedy wide receiver, was arrested on a charge of aggravated stalking of a woman he had been dating on and off for about three years.
Gainesville police said the incident began when the woman fell asleep and missed a call from Rainey.
Officer Jesse Bostick said Rainey went to the woman's home, and she talked to him for about 10 minutes and then told him to leave. According to Bostick, Rainey sent a text to the woman that said: "Time to die." The woman called police after receiving the text.
Bostick said that when he arrived at the woman's home he told the woman to call Rainey so that he could talk to him.
The woman said that when she told Rainey that police wanted to speak to him, Rainey's response was, "Wait and see what happens when they leave."
Rainey would later admit to the text but deny the statement on the phone. He was sidelined for the second half of the USF game with a concussion, but had already been cleared by Meyer to start on Saturday against Tennessee. There has been no word yet from Meyer or the university as to any kind of punishment he receives, but it is certainly not a good start to the season for the junior from Lakeland, FL.
Meyer utilizes Rainey often more as a rushing threat than as a traditional receiver, he is one of the Gators' primary ball carriers for end arounds and reverses. He finished last season with 575 yards rushing with five touchdowns, but the offensive struggles so far and the concussion have kept Rainey from living up to his reputation of being that "home-run threat."
We will continue to update the story as it develops.