Earlier this morning, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Chris Rainey was arrested in Gainesville, Fla., on a charge of simple battery (dating violence) for allegedly slapping his girlfriend in the face during an argument over a cell phone.
The most recent development on this story came within the last hour after the Steelers made the announcement on their official webpage that they have chosen to waive Rainey and it includes a short statement from general manager, Kevin Colbert:
“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.”
The Rooney family has always made sure the foundation of the Steelers organization is based upon class and morality. As of late, the organization — by way of its players — has been slowly moving away from the high standards set by the family when the team was first established.
The choice to waive Rainey is a bold statement being made and definitely a necessary step in the right direction for the organization to start clearing up its tarnished image. However, it’s not uncommon for statements made by the Steelers to be somewhat of a double-standard.
Take, for instance, rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu who was arrested on 18 charges after driving drunk and crashing into several cars then fleeing the scene from Pittsburgh police earlier this past season. Ta’amu remains on the Steelers roster, but he is also arguably a more vital part of the team than Rainey (just as $102 million quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, is).
According to reports, Rainey remains in custody.
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