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September 15, 2010

Florida Player Texts Girlfriend 'Time to Die Bitch': University of Florida receiver Chris Rainey has been charged with felony aggravated stalking after allegedly sending threatening text messages to his on-and-off girlfriend of three years. He also told someone after police arrived, "Wait and see what happens when they leave."

posted by rcade to football at 03:05 PM - 13 comments

Bianchi is absolutely right-time for the Florida program and Meyer to distance themselves from this guy. We've all done some stupid things when it comes to members of the opposite sex ending relationships, but there is a line. I don't presume to know exactly where that line is, but Rainey certainly crossed it.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:36 PM on September 15

If you're going to go out with football players, you have to expect a certain amount of . . . wait, wrong thread. I guess.

posted by yerfatma at 04:47 PM on September 15

It's because of all that testosterone.

posted by justgary at 05:14 PM on September 15

Unfortunately, some young males get influenced by a rap/hip-hop/movie scene in which men sometimes "diss" women with few repercussions. This regrettably sounds like such a case -- why would one stay in front of the house (stalking) and text a threat (founded or unfounded)?

Fortunately, these men form a small minority of males.

posted by jjzucal at 05:37 PM on September 15

FTA - Meyer has said in the past that he has daughters and therefore he does not tolerate crimes against women

Stupid line. Like you have to have daughters to abhor crimes against women, or anyone, for that matter.

posted by lampshade at 11:09 PM on September 15

No, lampshade, you don't have to have daughters to abhor crimes against women. But it does make you appreciate the gravity of the crimes a bit more, I think. Everything is more real when it could happen to you or yours.

posted by steelergirl at 12:43 AM on September 16

But it does make you appreciate the gravity of the crimes a bit more, I think. Everything is more real when it could happen to you or yours.

Many of us have mothers, girlfriends, wives that we're pretty fond of. I don't believe having a daughter makes you appreciate it anymore than imagining one of those being hurt.

posted by justgary at 01:59 AM on September 16

Why did I immediately think, "I wonder how many concussions he has had."?

posted by bperk at 04:49 AM on September 16

well at least he won't have to give up the Heisman...

posted by wildbill1 at 07:46 AM on September 16

With what is on the record already, it 's a good thing that some action has been taken and that he is currently not with the team.

However, it's hard to tell what his actual status is. I haven't seen that he is formally suspended or dismissed, just that he is "not with the team".

If facts continue to come in on this case that are further damaging to Rainey, the people of Gainesville will demand further action. Permanent residents have likely not have forgotten the terrifying string of murders of young women that occurred there a few years ago.

Then add in the series of recent Gator arrests in general. Not that UF is the only institution with that problem, but Coach Meyer had made note of his firm intention not to bring troublemakers into his program.

There is no room here for making allowances for cultural influences, age, gender, hormone levels, sports-related contributing factors, or anything else. If the record shows that you stalked and threatened, you have to go.

posted by beaverboard at 08:39 AM on September 16

Meyer said that Rainey was suspended indefinitely yesterday. My guess is they'd like to buy a little time to see if the charges are dropped. If not, given high-profile cases like Lawrence Phillips beating his ex-girlfriend while at Nebraska, I don't see how Rainey returns.

Meyer talks the talk on player behavior, but there have been 30 arrests of players during his time at Florida. That's a lot.

posted by rcade at 09:01 AM on September 16

Maybe it's time for Florida to review their recruiting

posted by kokaku at 01:07 PM on September 16

No, lampshade, you don't have to have daughters to abhor crimes against women. But it does make you appreciate the gravity of the crimes a bit more, I think. Everything is more real when it could happen to you or yours.

I think it's the lazy writing (and poor editing) that lampshade is objecting to. By using the word 'therefore', the writer suggests that the coach doesn't tolerate crimes against women because he has daughters.

posted by mikemacman at 10:40 AM on September 17

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