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Gators WR arrested for threatening text message

Posted on: September 14, 2010 9:00 am
Edited on: September 14, 2010 12:27 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

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.

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Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2010 2:46 pm

Gators WR arrested for threatening text message

Ol Ballcoach....I like that you can see both sides.  I guess the reason that I have such a problem with Meyer is that it keeps happening.  His team often reminds me a children who constantly act up.  The only reason a child will continuously act up is because he/she does not fear the consequences from the parents.   In the past, he has had a chance to put his foot down and set an example, and has not done so.  Drinking, a fight, or stupid stuff that we do from time to time is forgiveable, but certain actions show a complete lack of character.  In that sense, he is responsible for who he recruits and and brings onto the campus.  Ultimately, like it or not, it is HIS program and he has to take repsonsibility for everything on and off the field.  Not just the good stuff.  No doubt he can coach, but I know plenty of Bull Gators, I work with two who say Meyer can be a real jerk.  I have 2 friends with children at Florida.  One graduated last year and is now in the NFL, and one is a starter this year.  He lets a lot of stuff slide that he shouldnt.  I'm not hating at all, but UF fans need to not be blinded by a couple of National Championships.  At the end of the day, you should want UF to have a good reputation. 

Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2010 1:28 pm

Gators WR arrested for threatening text message

Drinking, driving and even smoking some dope or getting into a mild tussle at a party are all minor things in my opinion that warrant game suspensions just to get a messge across but nothing more serious unless the athlete is a repeat offender.

Violence against women is a whole different level.   If its a felony, which is should be to threaten a woman like that, I hope Meyer has the stones to kick him off the team.   Men who abuse women are the second worst type of losers we have in our society.   People who abuse children are the complete worst.

Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: September 14, 2010 1:08 pm

Gators WR arrested for threatening text message

How could someone say to use a coat hanger to dispose of him 19 years ago. What he did was wrong but to say something that very extreme to say.

Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: September 14, 2010 12:35 pm

Gators WR arrested for threatening text message

Threating to kill someone goes way beyond what most people do when they are upset with an ex or current girlfriend.  I believe this dude needs some counseling.  Also, when are people going to realize that when you text someone or post something on-line or tweet something that EVERYONE is going to see it, including the law?  Think before you post people.

Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: September 14, 2010 12:25 pm

Gators WR arrested for threatening text message

It's hard to control these players and the simple fact is this kind of stuff happens at every top tier program in the country.  Comes along with the entitled lives that these players live.  I'm not condoning this at all.
I think it will be interesting to see how Meyer responds with punishments.  In my opinion his track record is unacceptable.  He seems to give his players ridiculously lax penalties for these infractions.  Winning is obviously his #1 priority and it hard to say he's not good at it.  This is one of the shady aspects of his routine... 
As a Dawg fan, this an oversigning are the two things that really get under my skin about Meyer.

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2010 12:18 pm

Gators WR arrested for threatening text message

Urban Legend is a terrrific judge of character.

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: September 14, 2010 12:17 pm

Gators WR arrested for threatening text message

That must be a SEC education, but the last time I checked 30 is spelled thirty.

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2010 12:12 pm

Gators WR arrested for threatening text message

Bleed Cubbie,

I agree that Rainey should be kicked off the team. As a gator fan I am tired of nonense like this. The fact that his actions reflect on the program make it a no-branier to me to kick him out.

At the same can you blame Meyer for this? The reality is that these guys are not kids any more...they are young men who are old enough to smoke, drink (in Rainey's case), and vote for who will lead our country into the future. Meyer is not responsible to keep these kids in line...they are responsible for themselves...and if they can't manage to do that then they shouldn't be at the University of Florida or playing college football. Where has personal responsibility gone?!

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2010 11:49 am

Gators WR arrested for threatening text message

I don't see how you can argue against someone threatening to kill a woman.  What a horribly stupid thing to do, and even if it has no direct ties to the Gators' program, anything a player does is a reflection of his program, like it or not.  Anyone who threatens to kill someone has some serious issues, and should not be playing football.

Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2010 11:34 am

finsbucksmets= #1 loser

You are such a freaking idiot man!!!

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