Latest Update News About Chris Rainey, Florida Gators’ Chris Rainey Hit With Stalking Charge: GAINESVILLE — University of Florida wide receiver Chris Rainey was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with aggravated stalking, a third-degree felony.A starter at slot receiver for the Gators’ first two games of the season, Rainey’s future with the team remained in limbo Tuesday, although Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio said that Rainey “is not part of the team right now.”
Coach Urban Meyer was unavailable for comment Tuesday but, in the past, UF players have been dismissed from the team for arrests involving women. One of Meyer’s five “core values” of his football team is “respect for women.”
Rainey might have broken that core team value Tuesday morning when, according to Gainesville police, he sent a woman a text message that read, “Time to Die [expletive,] u and ur???”
The apparent threat was in response to a women’s refusal to allow Rainey into her residence around 11:10 p.m. and then asking him to leave, according to a police report. The woman contacted the Gainesville Police Department after receiving the disturbing text message.
Gainesville police officer Jesse Bostick responded to the call and, according to the report, asked the woman to call Rainey “so I can [talk] to him.” The police report states that when the woman told Rainey that Bostick “wanted to talk to him, he replied, `Wait to see what happens when they leave.’ ”
Rainey was arrested at 3:15 a.m. at his apartment. After being arrested, Rainey admitted to sending the threatening text message but denied making the “wait-and-see” comment. According to the arrest report, Rainey and the woman have been dating off and on for approximately three years.
Rainey appeared in Alachua County court Tuesday morning and was released on his own recognizance by Alachua County Judge Denise R. Ferrero. University of Florida strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti was present for Rainey’s first appearance and vouched for the player when asked by Ferrero if Rainey could abide by a court-appointed curfew.
“Yes, he will,” Marotti said.
With charges open against him, Rainey was ordered by the judge to remain at his apartment from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. every day except for school functions and work. Rainey also is not allowed to contact the woman who received the threatening text message.
Before Rainey sent the woman the text message, the arrest report states that Rainey attempted to enter the woman’s residence, became irate and then sent her a text message that read, “I’m here and I will bust out the window.”
The woman who received the messages appeared in court Tuesday morning and told the judge that she did not want Rainey to be arrested and that she did not fear Rainey. Rainey sustained a concussion during the Gators’ game last week against South Florida but, according to Meyer on Monday, was going to be available for Saturday’s game against Tennessee before his arrest.
NOT A FIRST FOR UF
It’s unclear whether Rainey will be permanently removed from the team, although there is precedence of Meyer kicking players off of his team for allegedly harming women. Most recently, former UF defensive lineman Gary Brown was dismissed from the team in February when he was arrested for misdemeanor assault involving a woman at a party. Former UF players Ronnie Wilson, Jacques Rickerson and Marquis Hannah also were dismissed from the football team after arrests involving women.
Since Meyer became coach at Florida in 2005, 25 players have been charged with 20 misdemeanors and 10 felonies. Others have had sworn complaints filed against them or received criminal citations requiring them to appear in court.