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According to, The Steelers didn’t take long to react after running back Chris Rainey was arrested this morning and accused of slapping his girlfriend.

Just hours after the arrest, the Steelers announced that they waived Rainey. And the team made no secret of the fact that the arrest is what cost him his job.

Rainey was arrested this morning in Gainesville, Fla., on charges of slapping his girlfriend in the face during an argument over a cell phone. He was charged with one misdemenaor count of simple battery (dating violence). Rainey remains in custody awaiting his first court appearance.

“Chris Rainey’s actions this morning were extremely disappointing,” Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement released by the team. “Under the circumstances and due to this conduct, Chris will no longer be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

This is at least the second time that Rainey has been accused of a crime in which the victim was a woman he was in a relationship with. In 2010, when he played at Florida, he was arrested and charged with felony stalking after threatening his ex-girlfriend.

The Steelers took Rainey in the fifth round of last year’s NFL draft, and he played in all 16 games as a rookie, leading the team in kickoff returns and getting limited playing time on offense.

According to a Gainesville Police spokesman, a 911 call was placed by witnesses who reported an argument between Gainey and his girlfriend, after she took his cell phone and got into his roommate’s car trying to get away from him.

  According to the police report, witnesses said Rainey went to the passenger door of the car and pulled the woman out of the car, slapping her in the face. They both fell to the ground, then he chased her to try to get the phone back, grabbing her purse and causing both to fall again.

Neither the woman nor Rainey had any reported injuries.

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