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Pittsburgh Steelers RB

BOOTED from Team

For Allegedly Attacking GF

1/10/2013 12:26 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Chris Rainey has just been fired from the team for allegedly attacking his girlfriend this morning in Florida, TMZ has learned. 

Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert tells us, "Chris Rainey’s actions this morning were extremely disappointing. Under the circumstances and due to this conduct, Chris will no longer be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers."

As we reported. Chris allegedly flew off the handle this morning in Gainesville when his girlfriend swiped his phone -- and slapped her in the face.

Chris has been charged with battery stemming from the incident. He's currently still in custody.

He's not some no-name bench warmer either -- Rainey scored two touchdowns this season for the Black and Gold.
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31.

hunter    

What happened to the nose tackle on the team that got charged with 15 counts? He got suspended by the team fot two games but not released. I believe he assaulted a police officer or resisted arrest. I guess the situation is similar to a personal foul when a player retaliates against another and is assessed the foul. It doesn't matter who started it.

569 days ago
32.

CuseRoman    

I will leave the debate about the morality of the team to others. I think someone ought to fact check a little better when it comes to being a "no-name bench warmer" though.

If rushing the ball 26 times for 102 yards and 2 Tds TOTAL FOR THE SEASON doesn't make him a no-name bench warmer, I don't know what does.

569 days ago
33.

JustMe    

He should be punished, also should BEN RAPISTBERGER!!! Which shows that a human being health, welfare and life is not important, but a dog's is ( Michael Vick). Innocent until proven guilty? Only if you have white skin, blonde hair or blue eyes!!!

569 days ago
34.

Truth    

LOOK, STEELERS HAD A PATHETIC SEASON AND DINT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. YALL KNOW THEY GONNA FIRE AND REPLACE A DOZEN FOLKS. THIS DUDE WAS ONE OF THEM ANYWAY. 2 TD'S IN A SEASON AINT SH*T. HE WAS EITHER GONNA BE TRADED OR DROPPED AND THIS INCIDENT JUST MADE THE FIRING THAT MUCH EASIER. IF THE DUDE WAS A STAR PLAYER, LAWYERED UP... THEY'D WAIT FOR THE POLICE INVESTIGATION. POINT BLANK. #TRUTH!!

569 days ago
35.

hunter    

So much for the Rooney rule when it comes to disciplining players.

569 days ago
36.

Tony626    

Now the dumb hood bitch eont be able to steal all his cash!

569 days ago
37.

Moment of Clarity    

Innocent until PROVEN guilty right? Except in the NFL - with the image problem.

569 days ago
38.

Rich     

Good move from a Steelers fan. We don't like girlfriend and wife beaters here in the BURG!!!

569 days ago
39.

PixieMouse    

As soon as I read this, my daughter asked why Ben was still playing on the team. She grew up a Steeler fan, but keeping a rapist on the team, made her not even watch them play anymore!

569 days ago
40.

SoWhat    

Now that's a decent punishment by the team as long as they canceled any contract they had with him so he doesn't get paid a single cent more. The league should also ban him from playing at all at least for the next season, should be more but if they did it for one it would be a step in the right direction at least.

569 days ago
41.

bendernet    

"Chris allegedly flew off the handle this morning in Gainesville when his girlfriend swiped his phone -- and slapped her in the face."

Chris is a female? I dont get it. Who wrote this article?

569 days ago
42.

lvlf    

UPS is hiring!dumbazz lost his his paper over a dumb broad! so i guess that makes him dumb too huh?

569 days ago
43.

joe blow    

So much for innocent till proven guilty

569 days ago
44.

laffnbear    

Steroids?
We should see more firings for domestic violence.
Will MLB,NBA step up next?

569 days ago
45.

DaveT    

Typical over the top reaction in a feminist-influenced society.
...meanwhile the feminists scribble away with their pencils writing scripts to show girls and women smacking men around.
Wonder why each year there's a larger percentage of women claiming..."I am not a feminist!" :D

569 days ago
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