WR Chris Rainey back practicing with Gators

By Adam Silverstein
October 12, 2010

Redshirt junior wide receiver Chris Rainey will be rejoining the Florida Gators for practice this week after being suspended for a month following an arrest and third-degree felony charge (since reduced) of aggravated stalking on Sept. 14., according to the University of Florida‘s University Athletic Association.

Rainey will be reinstated on a temporary basis, being allowed to practice with the team until he meets a number of conditions established by the coaching staff and administration. He will not be active for the Mississippi State game on Saturday. With Florida’s bye week coming up on Oct. 23, Rainey will have at least three weeks to practice before potentially seeing game action.

OGGOA has learned that Rainey being active for the Georgia game is “very likely” if he meets his conditions and goals, which are focused on showing a renewed effort off the field both in the classroom and during team activities.

“Chris Rainey is working towards being part of our football team again,” head coach Urban Meyer said in the UAA’s statement. “I’m disappointed that he violated a core value of our program, but he continues to pay a price for his actions. Chris will have to meet a set of conditions to become a part of our team again and although he is practicing, he will not play this weekend. The timetable for his return will depend on his ability to follow the guidelines we have laid out for him.”

Agreeing to deferred prosecution for a reduced misdemeanor stalking charge on Sept. 27, Rainey was handed six months probation, 10 hours of community service and a number of other penalties by the state including fines. As long as he fulfills the requirements and obligations presented to him by the court, he will be granted amnesty and the charges will be dismissed in six month’s time as he was a first-time offender.

“I am embarrassed and sorry for my actions and I apologize to everyone that I affected by my behavior,” Rainey said in his first public comments contained in the UAA’s release. “I’m working towards being a part of the Florida football program again and I realize that representing this University is a privilege. I have spent the last several weeks reflecting on my actions and realized that is not who I want to be.”

Photo Credit: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

11 Comments

  1. JF says:

    From a PR standpoint, this is a smart time to bring him back. UF is, sadly, well outside the national spotlight … and the sports world is concerned with Favre, MLB playoffs, etc.

    I think a 5 game (I think?) suspension is pretty fair for Rainey’s transgression …

  2. Aligator says:

    I think that if we can pull out a win as banged up as we are, get two weeks to game plan and to be healthy, then we should be able to give the last several games a great run. Like I said, if we can get some rest and get healthy, 9-3 is a realistic goal.

  3. Gatorgrad79 says:

    Let’s hope this is really a life-changing wake up call, and he goes on to grow into a young man who will make the most of his talent and the opportunities given him.

  4. brlgator says:

    call me synical but i wonder if he s back already if we have a better record and healthier backfield. Prob had no effect but still…

  5. Mr2Bits says:

    I figured he’d be back for USC. Have to say, with all the injuries, I’m looking forward to a week off and seeing Rainey back on the field. USC fans will have their way with him though

  6. E-pain says:

    Loved that it was front page news worthy on ESPN…i guess the fame is a double-edged sword. sigh

  7. npgator says:

    We need play makers now.

  8. Daniel M. says:

    http://deadspin.com/5662155/so-who-comes-out-looking-the-worst-from-sis-agent-tell+all

    Allegations that Mel Kiper is on the take. Now who’da thunk THAT ?!?!

  9. Gatorbuc15 says:

    The past is the past.
    Welcome back to the team Rainey.

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