Then again, when Urban Meyer is involved, it's not really so surprising.
Former Gator running back Chris Rainey was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers after being arrested for allegedly hitting his girlfriend last week Yes, the same Chris Rainey who threatened to kill his girlfriend via his infamous "Time to die" text message at UF three years ago. UF originally suspended Rainey, but Meyer allowed him back on the team a few weeks later so he could help the Gators win a big game against Georgia.
At the time, I wrote a column in which I talked to Carol Wick, the executive director of the Harbor House, a Central Florida domestic violence shelter.
"I think somebody in sports has got to take a stand," Wick said at the time. "... I think it would do a lot of good if he (Meyer) were the first coach to step up and say, 'No, this is unacceptable behavior. I wouldn't tolerate it in my home. I wouldn't want it to happen to my daughter and I'm not going to tolerate it on my team. Violence and threats against women are not acceptable.' "
Chris Rainey is finding that out the hard way.
According to a police report in Gainesville, Rainey and his girlfriend were arguing last week over Rainey's cell phone when Rainey pulled her out of a car and slapped her in the face with an open hand. The two fell to the ground, and then Rainey chased the woman and took her bag to get his phone. Then the two fell to the ground again.
Even though his girlfriend has refuted the account of witnesses and said Rainey didn't hit her. who knows what to believe. Law enforcement officials will tell you that it's all too common for women to cover up for an abusive husband for boyfriend.
Sadly, it's all too common for win-at-all-cost college football coaches to do the same.
Most interesting reader retorts, radio rabble, tangy tweets and message-board mockery of the week concerning Manti Te'o and his online make-believe girlfriend:
"Now we know why Facebook has an `It's complicated' status for relationship."
"What do Manti Te'o and his girlfriend have in common? Neither one showed up for the BCS Championship Game!"
"O.J.: `I'd do whatever I can to find the real fake dead girlfriend.'"
Three of my favorite quotes from this week's late-night talk shows:
Jay Leno: "Although Lance Armstrong denied it (PEDs) for years, it was starting to become obvious. Like that one year he won the race on the stationary bike. Remember that?"
David Letterman: "I think Oprah might have been confused or perhaps poorly informed because Lance Armstrong kept saying, "Yes, I used performance-enhancing drugs. Yes, I did." And Oprah kept saying, "That's great, but tell us about walking on the moon."
Craig Ferguson: "Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah lasted almost three hours. At one point Lance said he propagated one of the greatest frauds in American history. And Oprah said, "Whoa. Easy there. I'm the one who discovered Dr. Phil."
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