Happy 30th to Florida Coach Urban Meyer! Player Arrested Over Threatening Texts

No, Florida Coach Urban Meyer isn’t 30 years old. He also hasn’t been married 30 years (that we know of) and he hasn’t been coaching that long either. No, the 30 that we’re talking about is the 30th player arrested during his brief reign as head football coach at the University of Florida. This time, we have Gator receiver Chris Rainey charged with aggravated stalking. This after sending a female acquaintance a text that read: “Time to Die Bitch, u and ur???” after she refused to allow him into her home Monday night.

On the plus side, one of Meyer’s five “core values” of his football team is “respect for women” so obviously . . . wait, this is the exact opposite of that, isn’t it? Betcha Urban’s glad he decided to stay on the sidelines this season.

Here’s more on the story from the Miami Herald:

Rainey might have broken that core team value Tuesday morning when, according to Gainesville police, he sent a woman a text message that read, “Time to Die [expletive,] u and ur???”

The apparent threat was in response to a women’s refusal to allow Rainey into her residence around 11:10 p.m. and then asking him to leave, according to a police report. The woman contacted the Gainesville Police Department after receiving the disturbing text message. Gainesville police officer Jesse Bostick responded to the call and, according to the report, asked the woman to call Rainey “so I can [talk] to him.” The police report states that when the woman told Rainey that Bostick “wanted to talk to him, he replied, `Wait to see what happens when they leave.’ ”

Rainey was arrested at 3:15 a.m. at his apartment. After being arrested, Rainey admitted to sending the threatening text message but denied making the “wait-and-see” comment. According to the arrest report, Rainey and the woman have been dating off and on for approximately three years.

Rainey appeared in Alachua County court Tuesday morning and was released on his own recognizance by Alachua County Judge Denise R. Ferrero. University of Florida strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti was present for Rainey’s first appearance and vouched for the player when asked by Ferrero if Rainey could abide by a court-appointed curfew.

“Yes, he will,” Marotti said.

Chris Rainey is 30th Player in Meyer Era to Be Arrested (Sacramento Bee)