Chris Rainey Arrested

September 15, 2010 by staff 

Chris Rainey Arrested, University of Florida wide receiver Chris Rainey was charged with aggravated harassment early today after police said he sent a text threatening a woman who had left.

Rainey, a redshirt junior from Lakeland, was taken to the Alachua County Jail and later released on his own responsibility after the woman told a judge that the incident was a misunderstanding and asked the charges be dropped.

According to police in Gainesville, Rainey sent a text that said: “It’s time to die,”after visiting his home and told to leave.

Rainey been with the team was not immediately clear.

“Chris Rainey is not a part of our team at this time. That’s really all I have to say about that,” UF offensive coordinator Steve Addazio.

Rainey made his initial court appearance this morning, and the woman, Kelly Anderson, asked about the charges is dismissed.

“I did not want him arrested last (Monday) night. When police arrived, I signed the papers not to press charges,” Anderson said during the court appearance. “I fear for my safety. I think he should be released on his own responsibility.”

Anderson and Rainey have a relationship dating back several years.

His sister, Lauren Anderson, said he called police to calm the situation. Lauren Anderson said she told police when she called, “This is not an emergency.”

Rainey ordered to have no contact with Anderson and was given a curfew of 10 pm-7:00 a.m. except for school-based or work-related issues.

Kelley Anderson said he was more concerned about the remuneration of the public and said the incident was being exploited in the media. She said she has received threatening calls on his cell phone.

Jesse Bostick official said the incident began when Anderson fell asleep and missed a call from Rainey. Rainey went home, talked and she told him to leave. The woman got the text a little later, Bostick said.

The charge is a felony of the third degree.

Gainesville State Attorney Bill Cervone said no immediate action taken.

“We will hear the case and the circumstances and make a decision as to what charges, if any, are appropriate to achieve as quickly as possible, but no decision will be this week,” Cervone told Florida Today.

Rainey suffered a concussion in Saturday’s 38-14 victories against South Florida, but Gators coach Urban Meyer said Rainey Monday he expected to play in the game this weekend in Tennessee.

Rainey, who attended Lakeland High School, entered the season with 1237 yards rushing, but was moved to receiver to help offset the departure of most of the best receivers UF a year ago.

Rainey had team-high six receptions for 34 yards in the season-opening 34-12 win over Miami (Ohio), but left the game with one USF running for 15 yards.

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