Rainey was a promising return man and third-down back who touched the ball 60 times from scrimmage during his rookie campaign. But it sounds like the Steelers had a zero-tolerance policy with him because of his checkered past.
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 police statement read. "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. 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."
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Rainey denied hitting the victim at the scene of the crime. He remains in custody.