Tuesday, September 14, 2010

It's NOT Good to be Chris Rainey

University of Florida wide receiver/athlete/loud mouth Chris Rainey was arrested on stalking charges after sending his on again/off again girlfriend a text that read, “Time to die.”

Rainey allegedly went to his girlfriend’s home to find out where she was after he called her multiple times and she didn’t respond. He sent her the cryptic text and she immediately called police.

Rainey’s best remembered for all of these brilliant quotes.

The question now becomes, “What to do with Rainey?” Urban Meyer’s tenure at UF has been a cyclical collaboration of success and demise. Win a National Title…get fifteen players arrested.

Does Meyer do the right thing and boot Rainey off of the team? I say he won’t. Of course he needs the facts to surface first, but facts aren’t as fun as playing Devil’s Advocate.

What if Meyer’s daughter received a text like that from her significant other? Rainey has been in Urban’s doghouse on many occasions and this should be the last straw, but considering Florida is thin with experience at wide receiver I fully expect Rainey to be back by the Kentucky game. I’ll honestly be shocked if Meyer releases Rainey from his scholarship.

As I write this, it seems that Rainey’s charges have already been dropped, which isn’t really a surprise. I still need to confirm. He’s a future multimillionaire. Of course she dropped the charges!

Should they be dropped and taken lightly? The “Oh, he’s not serious” line doesn’t exactly apply here and this isn’t a joking matter, especially with nut jobs coming out of the woodworks. Do you really need me to spell out the loonies we’ve seen over time that have done something heinous and when witnesses are interviewed they’re wide-eyed and stunned saying, “He was so quiet” or “Everyone loved him. He was such a great guy and would never hurt a soul.”

Bottom line: revoke his scholarship and kick him off of the team. There’s no place for this sort of behavior in any facet of life

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