GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Former Pittsburgh Steeler Christopher Rainey's girlfriend says she was not assaulted, and that the state of Florida should drop the battery charge against him.
That's according to Rainey's lawyer, Huntley Johnson, who read an email from the woman during a bond hearing Friday. The Gainesville Sun (http://bit.ly/VYMGYf ) posted video of the hearing on its website.
Gainesville police charged Rainey with simple battery Thursday after an alleged altercation with his girlfriend. Police say the two were arguing over Rainey's cellphone, and that when his girlfriend got into a vehicle, the ex-Florida Gator tried to pull her out. Witnesses told detectives that Rainey slapped his girlfriend across the face and then chased her when she ran away with his phone in her purse.
The girlfriend's email said the witnesses were mistaken, and Johnson pointed out that officers found no marks on the woman's face.
Rainey, who was cut by the Steelers after his arrest, was released after the hearing but ordered not to have any contact with his girlfriend.
DC United players' latest training facility partnership now comes with a spa, pool and celebrity chefs.
The team entered into a five-year partnership with The St. James, a sporting complex in Virginia, the club announced on Tuesday.
“We’re excited to partner with The St. James, the premier destination for sports and wellness in the region,” Andy Bush, D.C. United Chief Revenue Officer, said in a statement. “We wanted to give our first-team access to expertise, services and facilities that would give them the best platform to compete on the field. The St. James has been a great partner to us throughout the season and has been integral to our team’s early success in 2019. Our partnership with The St. James will allow us to continue our upward trajectory and fuel the chase to bring trophies back to the District.”
The partnership will allow the access to performance strength and conditioning, injury prevention and wellness services for all team personnel. The facility also has the only FIFA regulation sized indoor pitch in this area.
D.C. United is coming off a 2-0 loss to New York City FC earlier this week.
Their record currently sits at 2-4-2 and they have a chance to improve their win column total on Wednesday when they hit the road to take on the Columbus Crew.
Things aren't always sunny in Philadelphia, and Monday night proved that for Bryce Harper and the Phillies.
After making comments that were what home plate umpire Mark Carlson deemed both personal and foul while in the batter's box during his fourth inning at-bat, Bryce Harper was ejected.
On top of that, pitcher Jake Arrieta voiced his concern about his teammate getting himself sent to the clubhouse with the Phillies down 2-1 to the New York Mets.
"He's got to understand, we need him in right field," Arrieta said after the game. "I don't care how bad the umpire is. He wasn't great for either side. I'm out there trying to make pitches, he misses some calls. So what? We need him out there."
"We were flat from start to finish. Two-hour delay, it doesn't matter. We have to be ready to play. We weren't and it showed," he added. "It's troubling. I'm out there doing everything I can to win a game. I need my guys behind me and they weren't."
Monday's ejection marked the 12th of Harper's eight-year career, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Corey Seidman. None of which Harper got called out for by one of his Nationals teammates. His 12 ejections is the second-most active among active players behind Matt Kemp.
"We need him in right field. I don't care how bad (the ump) is, I need him in right field, I need him at the plate and he wasn't there. So that hurts. He missed some pitches but for both sides," Arrieta said. "If that's the case, that happens on a nightly basis usually. The umpire is going to miss some calls. So what? Next pitch. We've got a game to play.
"I'm not happy with the way we showed up today. We need to come out tomorrow ready to go."
So far in 2019, Harper has 22 hits in 81 at-bats, 14 RBIs and five home runs.
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