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Addazio: Rainey 'is no longer part of the team'

Posted on: September 14, 2010 1:34 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Following the arrest of Florida Gators wide receiver Chris Rainey after threatening text messages he sent a girl, there are two questions that need to be answered regarding Rainey's future.  First and foremost, what, if any, legal ramifications will he face for the incident?  He was released on Tuesday morning following a hearing in an Alachua County courtroom.

The second question is what, if any, punishment he'll be receiving from the Florida Gators.  Well, we got a hint of that on Tuesday afternoon when offensive coordinator Steve Addazio said that Rainey "is no longer part of the team."

What exactly that means, I'm not entirely sure. 

There's a lot of wiggle room in Addazio's statement.  Rainey may just be suspended for the time being, or he could have been kicked off the time being.  Given Urban Meyer 's history of discipline with his players -- more accurately, his lack of discipline -- in the past, there's no telling what will happen with Rainey.

While Addazio's quote indicates that Rainey is no longer a member of the Florida football team, until Urban Meyer comes out and says that Rainey will never play for the Florida Gators again, I'll remain skeptical.

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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2010 2:06 pm
 

Addazio: Rainey 'is no longer part of the team'


Even if all charges are dropped, it does not equate to a free pass, or the right to continue to represent the university.  Those are privileges that are at the discretion of the powers that be within UF.  It's like being a child getting grounded for back-talking a parent.  The child didn't do anything wrong by the letter of the law, but acted in a way that invoked discipline



In a general sense, this is true.  However, the presumption has been that the media's and the girl's version of the account is accurate.  The cops will issue an arrest simply by virtue of a confirmed verbal threat.  Now, making a threat is not a nice thing.  There is a huge difference, however, between a young man who is emotionally involved and obviously having a spat with his girlfriend popping off in the heat of the moment, and someone who has actually engaged in physical abuse.  If there is no prior history, and the girl does not press charges, the charges will likely result in dismissed charges, reduced charges, and/or probation and counseling.  This is appropriate, along with some suspension of playing time and penalties.  If he is found to be guilty of more, he will be dismissed.  This is the clear firm, but fair approach used by the Gator coaches, athletic administration and law enforcement in dealing with young men in the program over the last 6 years.  Many of these players, for whatever reasons, come from sketchy backgrounds and deserve the chance to shape up, or ship out.  Zero tolerance and instant execution is simply not a rational policy- even for latter day self- righteous loser Canes. 







Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2010 1:02 pm
 

Addazio: Rainey 'is no longer part of the team'

I wasn't trying to be adversarial with you, so I apologize if it came off that way.

My point was that based solely on what Rainey has admitted to, Urban would be justified in kicking him off the team if he chose to do so.  It doesn't necessarily need to be a conviction for a criminal act.  The criminality of the issue is the primary concern of the local authority, the action itself is subject to the decision of the program/coach, whatever that may be.  It's not always admirable just keeping your criminal record clean, character issues come into play as well.  I'm not questioning his character because it doesn't affect me whether he plays football or not.  Even if all charges are dropped, it does not equate to a free pass, or the right to continue to represent the university.  Those are privileges that are at the discretion of the powers that be within UF.  It's like being a child getting grounded for back-talking a parent.  The child didn't do anything wrong by the letter of the law, but acted in a way that invoked discipline. 

I guess I was speaking in more generalized terms, but I see it in all levels of athletics, and I think somewhere along the line it was forgotten by the athletes.  The fact that playing the sport is not their right, but their privilege, so a different set of standards is just part of the deal.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2010 9:29 am
 

Addazio: Rainey 'is no longer part of the team'

Is it okay to "lynch" someone without all of the facts? Absolutely not.  Is it okay to comment on someone's actions on a sports message board.  Absolutely. Is it okay to take away someone's PRIVILEGES for their actions? You better believe it.

And that is exactly what Urban has done, is doing, and has always done.  He is fair and plays by the rules.  Rainey is off the team, pending more information.  He is not playing.  If he has done something criminally wrong, he will be dealt with accordingly.  I just hope that some of these lame critics will come back and offer a public apology, if he is not.  Fat chance.



Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2010 12:50 pm
 

Addazio: Rainey 'is no longer part of the team'


I'm not very good with forums and what not, so I was unable to figure out how to quote you, but I am responding to Gators73:

I don't necessarily consider myself a critic, and I'm not at all self-righteous, and yes, I have done all of the above things you mentioned.  I think what gets lost in this discussion is the misconception that anyone has a RIGHT to play football.

I can't speak for anyone else, but every job I had while in high school and college, and the career I am in now, would not tolerate the majority of these offenses.  Should we unjustly punish someone for a mistake? No.  But unjust punishment typically involves the removal of someone's rights, or something that infringes on their well-being.  Look at how many times you see a player punished for skipping meetings, or showing up late to practice, things that aren't even remotely criminal in nature. 

Now I suppose you could argue that if one of these players was kicked off the team, they would lose their ability to go to school, and would end up worse off. etc.  But is that a relevant argument or mere speculation? Maybe their scholarship could go to someone who needed it even more, but again, all speculation.

Is it okay to "lynch" someone without all of the facts? Absolutely not.  Is it okay to comment on someone's actions on a sports message board.  Absolutely. Is it okay to take away someone's PRIVILEGES for their actions? You better believe it.



Since: Sep 15, 2010
Posted on: September 15, 2010 12:46 pm
 

Addazio: Rainey 'is no longer part of the team'

Myered in ControversyWho presides over more criminals that Sub-Urban Mire? This makes it like 35. Not that the NCAA cares about physicall violations just monetary. It's part of my theory on wins and criminals. Whoever has the most criminals in the state of Florida athletics will have the best record in state. Since UF has started raiding former U and FSU delinquents, their record has improved and the Alachua county police force has been worked to the bone. What do you expect when you recruit kids from Lakeland? It's a ghetto in the orange groves. You have to try hard to accomplish ghettohood in the sticks.

WWTTD? He'd look the other way like every other paper Christian and UF fan and say "just win baby".


Who ever you are, one thing is for certain............. YOU ARE STUPID........... Everyone should and do have there oppinion on the story at hand, but when you start to catergorize a group of people, your oppinion don't mean S. You must be the family 'IDIOT', that's my oppinion of you.

PS:I am a true Gator, but I would never catergorize a group of people for what one does. Yes, he was definitely wrong.




Since: Sep 15, 2010
Posted on: September 15, 2010 12:39 pm
 

Addazio: Rainey 'is no longer part of the team'

Who ever you are, one thing is for certain............. YOU ARE STUPID........... Everyone should and do have there oppinion on the story at hand, but when you start to catergorize a group of people, your oppinion don't mean S. You must be the family 'IDIOT', that's my oppinion of you.

PS:I am a true Gator, but I would never catergorize a group of people for what one does.




Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2010 9:42 am
 

Addazio: Rainey 'is no longer part of the team'

This is UF and Urban Meyer we're talking about. He'll be back on the team in a couple of days and probably given extra $$$ under the table.



Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2010 9:09 am
 

Addazio: Rainey 'is no longer part of the team'

All I have to say...what a Great Post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2010 8:55 am
 

Addazio: Rainey 'is no longer part of the team'

Gator73 - I agree with most of what you say but she called the cops because she was scared that he might follow up on his threat in the text. Kids do make mistakes but in this day and age as you know, you have to be careful not to be that dumb. He may have just cost himself a olace on the team.

Unfortunately from what I have read, in the state of Florida, the prosecutors do not need to the victim's consent to file the charges that they filed. He made a stupid mistake but sounds like it is going to cost him dearly.

The bad situation is that the girl is now being harassed by UF fans because if the incident That is a bad situation and she does not deserve it. It was not her fault that Rainey acted immaturely and she got scared. The fanatical fans for any team cause the teams to get a bad situation.



Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: September 15, 2010 7:35 am
 

Addazio: Rainey 'is no longer part of the team'

I totally agree UofF. There is a reason Cam Newton is Auburn's quarterback right now. 'Cause Meyer sent him packing. Just one example.


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