Video courtesy of Alachua County Court via The Gainesville Sun.
Former Florida Gators and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Chris Rainey was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with simple battery (dating violence). However, the alleged victim in the incident said Friday that Rainey did not commit the crime and that all charges in the case should be dropped.
According to Rainey’s attorney Huntley Johnson, who spoke with The Gainesville Sun’s Jon Silman, the victim sent an e-mail to the judge on the case as a plea for Rainey to have his charges thrown out.
“In no way did I feel physically threatened at any time,” she wrote. “Over the course of our relationship together, I have never been verbally or physically threatened by Chris Rainey. What happened [Thursday] is a misunderstanding and should not affect his future in any way.”
Rainey stands accused of slapping his girlfriend after an argument broke out over a cell phone. A witness told Gainesville police that Rainey pulled her out of a car and slapped her before he chased after her and both parties fell to the ground.
Johnson related to the court that the victim “was adamant there was no crime committed” and said the police report indicated there were no marks on her person, which would likely occur after an open slap to the face.