Big Ben rubbing off on Steelers? Rainey arrested for slapping girlfriend
The Pittsburgh Steelers legal problems were escalated and brought to the public’s attention when Ben Roethlisberger faced a civil suit in 2008 for allegedly sexually assaulting Andrea McNulty in a hotel room while attending a celebrity golf tournament.
Since then the organization has had a number of problems with the law and running back Chris Rainey is the latest victim.
Rainey was arrested and charged with one count of simple battery (dating violence) according to NFL.com.
The police received a call at 8:26 am ET about a verbal altercation between Rainey and his girlfriend that turned physical. .
“Witnesses told officers that Rainey and the victim got into an argument over Rainey’s cellphone. The female victim entered the vehicle of Rainey’s roommate, and Rainey confronted her on the passenger side of the vehicle, and began pulling her out of the vehicle,” the statement read. “Witnesses then observed Rainey slap the victim across the face with an open hand.
“Both Rainey and the female victim then fell to the ground. The victim was able to run away, but Rainey chased after her because his cellphone was in a bag the victim was carrying. Rainey grabbed the bag again and they both fell to the ground again. Neither party suffered visible injuries from the encounter. Multiple witnesses confirmed the incident.”
Rainey denied hitting the victim at the scene of the crime. He remains in custody.
Previously this season, another Steelers rookie, defensive lineman Alameda Ta’amu was arrested after he drunkenly evaded police and attempted to slam his car into officers, according to Yahoo Sports. He was arrested on 18 charges.
Five other members of the Steelers have faced legal problems since 2008.
- Back in 2010, Santonio Holmes faced a civil lawsuit from a woman who accused him of throwing a drink at her, glass and all, at a Orlando nightclub on March 7.
- Running back Najeh Davenport was charged with child endangerment and unlawful restraint in the spring of 2008.
- Former wide receiver Cedric Wilson was arrested on domestic abuse charges and was released from the team.
- James Harrison was charged with domestic abuse within a week-and-a-half of Wilson, and was not released.
- Kicker Jeff Reed was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief after he punched a paper towel dispenser and harassed store employees.
All this as well as a separate allegation in Georgia from a 20-year-old college student in March 2010 against Ben Roethlisberger. The girl accused him of sexually assaulting her after a night of drinking at a bar.
Where are all these troubles with the law surfacing from? It has become a common place in the NFL and usually for the Cincinnati Bengals but these are the Steelers?
It would asinine to think that Big Ben’s alleged troubles are rubbing off on other members of the Steelers, but if the “Steelers way” is “how to” run an organization there may be some issues with that idea.
Yes, other than this year, they have been a dominant force in the NFL, but the disregard they send of these issues is obviously becoming a problem.
“I hope that we continue to hold the Steelers, the Steelers organization, and all professional athletes to the same standards we hold ourselves to,” owner Dan Rooney said.
Sure, doesn’t seem like it…
*Update: ”Chris Rainey’s actions this morning were extremely disappointing,” Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said. “Under the circumstances and due to this conduct, Chris will no longer be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.”
Maybe change is coming? Or only to players that don’t matter.