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Chris Rainey kicked off Florida Gators team following felony stalking charge

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PICTURED: University of Florida football player Chris Rainey appeared in Alachua County court on Tuesday via closed circuit TV from the Alachua County jail. Rainey was arrested for felony stalking early Tuesday morning and later released on his own recognizance by an Alachua County judge.

GAINESVILLE -- Slot receiver Chris Rainey has been kicked off the University of Florida football team, according to offensive coordinator Steve Addazio. Rainey was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with a third-degree felony for aggravated stalking after he sent a woman a text message that read, "Time to Die B---- u and ur???".

Rainey "Chris Rainey is not a part of our team right now," Addazio said on Tuesday. "And that's all I really have to say on that."

Gainesville police booked the redshirt junior slot receiver at 3:27 a.m. on Tuesday. Rainey appeared in court later Tuesday morning and was released on his own recognizance by an Alachua County judge. 

Rainey suffered a concussion in last Saturday's 38-14 victory against the University of South Florida. He sat out half of the game but Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer said on Monday that he expected Rainey to be available for this Saturday's game against the Tennessee Volunteers. Rainey's back-up is true freshman slot receiver Robert Clark of West Palm Beach Dwyer.

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