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Rainey released, alleged victim says an arrest wasn't her intent

Updating what will likely be the story of the day in college football, Florida starting wide receiver Chris Rainey was released on his own recognizance following a court appearance on an aggravated stalking charge.

Rainey was arrested shortly after midnight ET Tuesday morning following an incident with his on-again, off-again girlfriend.  The junior receiver allegedly sent a text message to the woman that read “time to die”, and also seemed to threaten her after police were called.

Alachua County Judge Denise R. Ferrero ordered Rainey to have no contact with the woman.

The alleged victim appeared in court as well, and indicated that she was not afraid of Rainey and her intention was not to have him arrested.  Instead, she’s concerned over the media coverage the arrest has garnered.

“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.”

Of course, that calls into question why a call was placed to 911 in the first place, but that’s something that will presumably be answered as this case winds its way through the legal system.

As of this posting, the university has yet to publicly address Rainey’s legal situation, and attempts to reach school officials for comment have gone unanswered.

UPDATED 12:54 p.m. ET: According to Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio, “Chris Rainey is not a part of our team right now.”  That would seem to indicate that Rainey has at least been suspended indefinitely, but there’s still been no official word other than Addazio’s on the situation.

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  1. blitz4848 says: Sep 14, 2010 12:10 PM

    WOW–No Bond–No GPS
    Judge must be a “Lady Gator”

  2. Bradenton Buc says: Sep 14, 2010 12:13 PM

    No big deal to Urban. He will probably suspend him for Tuesday practice only. Thugs

  3. GoUSCGamecocks! says: Sep 14, 2010 12:25 PM

    Wow, she didn’t think he’d be arrested after she called the police over a threatening text message? If she wasn’t afraid of him, why call the police to start with? It doesn’t make sense to me….

  4. mike3775 says: Sep 14, 2010 12:31 PM

    I bet he plays this Saturday, can’t suspend a star Florida player now.

  5. JaggedMark says: Sep 14, 2010 12:35 PM

    The female Virginia lacrosse player wasn’t concerned either, until………………..
    Everyone should take this seriously.

  6. TxGator15 says: Sep 14, 2010 12:39 PM

    lol…I love reading the comments..Love the Bias everyone shows…

  7. smokehouse says: Sep 14, 2010 12:42 PM

    Just another day in the sorry SEC. Makes one proud to be a fan of that corrupt conference. This is what’s wrong with college football outside the Big Ten and Ivies.

  8. SwampSide says: Sep 14, 2010 12:56 PM

    Yeah the Big 10 lol. With their Maurice Clarett and Plaxico Burress.

  9. G8R Chomp says: Sep 14, 2010 1:09 PM

    Smokehouse: The Ivies? Are you serious? I’m not even going to begin to make comparisons except to say that’s like junior hockey vs. the NHL. Big 10? Can you say Michigan State?
    Anyway, this incident should be taken very seriously. I don’t care if he is a star on the Gators team. A full investigation should be conducted (by the proper authorities) and if found guilty of a felony, Rainey is off the team. Anything less that can be (and should be) left to UF’s discretion.

  10. blitz4848 says: Sep 14, 2010 1:24 PM

    Some of you are real EDGYS…..
    You don’t even know what the hell you are saying. The GATORS have suspended Rainey and he is not a part of the team.
    Without making a big deal out of it Urban had 7 players serving 1 & 2 game suspensions to start the season for various violations of team rules. That hurt the team as they are young & need to play together but it needed to be done.
    Most of the jealousy/envy comes from hackers on here that wish their school was as good as the GATORS.
    Rainey is a starter and a projected NFL player but we can and will go forward without him. Now the GATORS will bring in the 28th freshman to play this season. Think about it fans, how many other schools could play 28 freshman and continue the winning tradition the GATORS have?
    We have bad apples, but from watching the wires since last season ended there have been over 100 college football athletes arrested and only 3 have been GATORS. The other 2 no longer have their scholarships.
    If we stay in the “here and now” Urban is getting rid of the problems. We will have to see how this plays out with Rainey but believe me we can play and win without him. Rainey is a 4th yr jr so we will lose his experience and won’t be quite as good for now but soon someone will step in and take his place seamlessly.
    Lighten up on the GATORS–Urban has taken a firm hand this season with all troublemakers and I for one am happy this is how he is now handling
    lawbreakers.

  11. gator_prof says: Sep 14, 2010 1:34 PM

    JaggedMark nailed it.
    This is incredibly serious, period, and should be handled accordingly.
    Meyer has had some thugs, but they usually end up off the team. It is better if he could weed them out earlier. The one thing that he hasn’t been tolerant of is violence towards women. He is not Tom Osborne selling his soul with the likes of Christian Peter and Lawrence Phillips.
    I hope that he is off the team and into some sort of counseling program before he hurts someone.

  12. honeysuckle says: Sep 14, 2010 1:54 PM

    one thing that some of you seem to be overlooking is that the young woman called 911 because she was terrified of him….and now she is downplaying it because she is still terrifed of him. Restraining orders are too often ignored by the abusers & they do their damage even after the fact.

  13. burntorangehorn says: Sep 14, 2010 2:02 PM

    blitz, there’s a lot of valid criticism as well. For example, Meyer wasn’t going to suspend Spikes at all for his on-field transgression, and of course Dunlap received a slap on the wrist for being found passed out and drunk behind the wheel at a stoplight.

  14. Deb says: Sep 14, 2010 2:24 PM

    @GoUSCGamecocks! …
    Doesn’t make sense to you? Let me explain.
    She was afraid AT THAT MOMENT. So she called a policeman. She thought the cop would talk to him on the phone, tell him not to do that anymore, and he’d behave. MANY women call the cops in those circumstances, not realizing an arrest will be made. Then they refuse to press charges. Facing arrest, suddenly he’s sorry. And she feels like a fool for causing trouble for her man–especially if it threatens his scholarship.
    Now the blood-sucking reporters have plastered the story from coast to coast. She’s getting calls on her cell phone, some probably threats from rabid Gator fans. Now she’s really scared. She just wants it to go away.
    He was never going to face serious punishment because no one was hurt. Suspending him is POINTLESS. He should be ordered into anger-management to learn appropriate relationship boundaries. It’s possible he’s never even SEEN a healthy relationship. She needs counseling as well. They can suspend him, but without counseling, it won’t accomplish anything.

  15. SoFlaTrojan says: Sep 14, 2010 2:32 PM

    Blitz,
    You keep up this kind of intensity on CFT and we are going to reserve you a hospital bed right next to Urban Meyer.

  16. interested says: Sep 14, 2010 2:41 PM

    Just curious, could someone post for me please the team that plays in a BCS conference that has done any winning over the last several years that has not had an arrest. In no way discounting inappropriate behavior but this oportunistic ritual feeding by rivals at every turn is starting to get a little sophmoric. Its the old “let he who has no sin cast the first stone” adage.

  17. Arizona Buckeye says: Sep 14, 2010 2:54 PM

    Wow – she is a brainiac as well, eh. You call the police to inform them that you have been threatened, but you didn’t want them to arrest him. Sorry girl, there is really no cure for stupid so you’re stuck with it. Just so you know, if you also call the pizza man and order a pizza delivery – they’ll show up on your porch with a pizza!

  18. blitz4848 says: Sep 14, 2010 3:16 PM

    @ SoFlaTrojan
    Who’s intense..I am having fun
    I at times will phrase something to instigate or get a conversation going but a lot of the regs on here do that. I have no ill toward any program and the only people on the college seen I just don’t like are Kiffin & Edgy………..I speak my mind but I do try to be objective.
    @burntorangehorn
    I made it known I haven’t been happy with the Spikes type discipline.
    The Dunlap deal was borderline–he suspended him for the most important game of the season- the SEC championship and let him come back for the bowl game……would like to think it would have been longer had it happened midseason.
    I am a little cold hearted–my attitude has been heh get rid of them and free up a scholarship for another player hopefully with better character.
    If you do a little digging you will find that over 50% of these kids acroo the country have absolutely no previous criminal or discipline issues. This makes me wonder if when these guys become big time college players are they starting to feel that sense of entitlement. That seems to be pervasive in the younger generation and it doesn’t bode well for society as whole.
    Also in a lot of these cases there is undoubtedly a lot of info we don’t know but since we now live in the 24/7 press that foams at the mouth for these stories the pressure mounts to come down hard quickly to quiet the mob.

  19. SoFlaTrojan says: Sep 14, 2010 3:47 PM

    Blitz,
    At what position is Rainey a serious NFL prospect like you stated earlier?
    He played RB last year and was moved to WR this year. I personally don’t think he gets drafted unless his game really improves.

  20. Deb says: Sep 14, 2010 4:07 PM

    @Arizona Buckeye …
    Alas … there is no cure for stupid, so what will we do with you?
    Have you ever called the police to report a noisy neighbor? Did you want your neighbor arrested? Many people call the police in hopes of CALMING or checking out a situation without intending for someone to be arrested. And guess what–cops respond to calls like this every day without making an arrest. You can tell many of you dingdongs have never been in volatile situations. How fortunate for you.

  21. richie says: Sep 14, 2010 4:39 PM

    ohio state sucks…

  22. blitz4848 says: Sep 14, 2010 4:39 PM

    Trojan,
    Position isn’t definite. His speed will get him drafted if he can get past this latest issue…..
    He isn’t big enough to play rb in the NFL but as a rec & punt/kick ret man he will get drafted. That could change as he had this yr and next to continue his growth and if he is done now he probably won’t get drafted. He’s a good practice player, has been a winner all his athletic life and worked hard at improving areas he needed to.

  23. ksgator says: Sep 14, 2010 9:38 PM

    I still laugh about the “Spikes incident.” Urban’s wife caught it when she was watching the replay. He dealt with it. Even the kid who was eye-gouged said, “It’s just football. He shouldn’t be suspended.” Urban didn’t have to suspend him, he could have looked the other way especially since the SEC and NCAA hadn’t even noticed it yet. Was it a dirty play? Of course. Most players at sometime or another do something stupid like that. Get over it. Spikes missed the biggest game of the year. I agree with Blitz – probably would have been longer if it was in the middle of the season (hopefully). Anyway, gator haters…I feel sorry for you. Wasting so much time arguing against Florida instead of rooting for your team.
    By the way, the Rainey thing, they have already stated he isn’t part of the team right now. He won’t play Saturday and I’d be surprised if he came back in the next 5 or so games. The university won’t take this lightly, nor should they. And yes, the Gators will be fine without him, hopefully this will wake up Andre Debose.

  24. Bucknut says: Sep 14, 2010 9:44 PM

    @Deb…
    Are you smoking crack? To compare calling the police about a noisy neighbor to someone threatening boldly harm is hilarious! Also, “now the blood-sucking reporters have plastered the story from coast to coast”? I don’t think you’re on crack, I think you have serious mental disabilities. If you go to a Florida, Ohio State, Michigan, USC, Texas etc. you are under the microscope. It goes with the territory! It is what you signed up for. Fame or attention is not something you can turn on and off like a faucet! The press is doing their job. If no one read the crap they wouldn’t print it. Get it now?
    @ritchie…
    With such a witty rebuttal am I to assume you are a Michigan fan?

  25. Deb says: Sep 14, 2010 10:28 PM

    @Bucknut …
    Junior, my degree is in journalism and I’ve been doing the job a long time so I don’t need some ranting idiot with the attention span of a gnat to explain it to me. That post was in response to something else. The comment about noisy neighbors was an explanation to ANOTHER junior jackass who couldn’t imagine how anyone could call the police without expecting an arrest to be made. I was not comparing noisy neighbors to domestic violence–a subject with which I’m intimately familiar.
    From now on, junior jackass, don’t butt into conversations that aren’t addressed to you–especially if you’re too lazy, too stupid, or too lacking in attention to read back through the thread and figure out what people are referencing. All you do is make an ever bigger fool of yourself than you already are. In your case, that’s Guiness World Record material.

  26. frank booth says: Sep 15, 2010 12:11 AM

    That’s 30 arrests during the Meyer era. Hard to believe that there has only been 1 arrest since Randy Shannon took over ThugU over 3 years ago.

  27. Deb says: Sep 15, 2010 10:59 AM

    @frank …
    Seriously, though, why do you suppose that is? Does it start with recruiting? Does it have to do with team discipline? Back in the day coaches could control players 24/7. Times have changes–just look at what happened to Mike Leach. You try to run a disciplined program and it’s your head on the chopping block. I’m not an Urban fan, but what is Shannon doing that Meyer isn’t?

  28. Bucknut says: Sep 15, 2010 12:48 PM

    @Deb
    Gee I’m sooo sorry, I thought this was a public forum where, you know, anyone can respond to anything that’s said. Why don’t you and your journalism degree explain to me how it’s supposed to work? While you’re at it, why don’t you tell me the publication you work for, so that I can bask in the glory that is your intelligence?

  29. Deb says: Sep 15, 2010 4:25 PM

    Yes, Nutbuck, it’s a public forum. And you’re free to babble rudely at me and lecture me about how reporters work because you’re too lazy, ignorant, or stupid to discover the gist of my conversation before commenting.
    Then, in turn, I am free to point out that you’re an ignorant, lazy, and stupid junior jackass who apparently can dish it out but can’t take it.
    Gee, I hope that’s a sufficient explanation of how it’s supposed to work.
    Oh my … so Bucknut is your real name? How … interesting. Like most here, I choose to post anonymously, so I won’t be sharing my identity and inviting you to visit my day job. However, I regularly visit CFT/PFT where I can adopt a tone much different than the one I use professionally. So feel free to bask in the glory of my intelligence right here.

  30. frank booth says: Sep 15, 2010 8:54 PM

    Deb-
    Honestly, only an insider could tell you the difference. But the difference is more than a minor disparity, and it seems like Florida during the Urban era has a lot of documented problems, moreso than many other schools.

  31. Deb says: Sep 16, 2010 11:26 AM

    @frank …
    My brother and I agree on most things football, but we had the same discussion on the NFL side regarding the Bengals. He feels the large number of arrests is a reflection of the organization. But the pros are even less able to police their players than college coaches. Yeah, if you bring in a Pacman Jones, you may be asking for a problem. But it’s not an employer’s job to play nanny 24/7. He said the same thing you did–there’s a reason why one team would have 7 times the arrests of other teams. Now if we could just figure out that reason :)

  32. Backlund in 2012 says: Sep 17, 2010 10:28 PM

    blitz4848 says:
    September 14, 2010 3:16 PM ET
    @ SoFlaTrojan
    Who’s intense..I am having fun
    I at times will phrase something to instigate or get a conversation going but a lot of the regs on here do that. I have no ill toward any program and the only people on the college seen I just don’t like are Kiffin & Edgy………..I speak my mind but I do try to be objective.
    ————————————————–
    That was your way of having fun? I’d hate to see it when you weren’t having fun. I would say that was intense, with your fact listing and support of the Gators even with their criminal element. But, all teams do have a criminal element – well, other than the service acadamies and the Ivy League schools.
    But from seeing your posts against Boise and their cupcake schedule, I can’t bring myself to bash you. I agree, Boise is a joke and they play nobody.
    Sorry Blue Turfers, just because you play one or maybe two games against Top 25 teams (not Top 10) doesn’t mean you should get a free pass to the title game. At least 20 football teams in America would run the table against that schedule. And at least three or four from the SEC!
    Maybe even some FCS teams, after all James Madison won in Blacksburg – so maybe Va Tech isn’t that tough after all?

  33. bodacious88 says: Sep 23, 2010 12:28 PM

    Urban Meyer couldn’t carry Tom Osbournes jock strap…………..

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