Pittsburgh Steelers running back Chris Rainey has been arrested and charged with one count of simple battery (dating violence).
Rainey, who attended the University of Florida, was arrested Thursday morning in Gainesville, according to a statement from the Gainesville Police Department.
Police responded after receiving a 911 call from a witness that said a male and female were involved in a verbal altercation that turned physical, the statement read.
Officers arrived and identified Rainey as the male involved, the statement read. Witnesses told police that Rainey and the alleged victim were arguing over Rainey's cellphone. According to witnesses' reports, Rainey slapped the alleged victim across the face. The altercation continued briefly, with Rainey chasing after the woman to get his cellphone and both parties falling to the ground. Neither party suffered visible injuries, the police statement read.
Rainey denied hitting the victim at the scene, according to an NFL.com report.