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Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain could be in deep trouble in terms of playing in the 2012 regular season. Due to his incident in Alabama, McClain was sentenced to 180 days in jail this afternoon in Decatur.
If the 180 day sentence is true and he had to start serving it immediately, McClain would miss the majority of the 2012 regular season. This would force the Raiders to scramble to fill in their somewhat tenuous linebacking depth.
For those who don’t know the extent of McClain’s crimes, McClain has been charged with discharging a firearm inside the city limits, third degree assault, menacing and reckless endangerment. The assault and endangerment charges constitute Class A misdemeanors, with menacing being a Class B misdemeanor. McClain found himself in further trouble when his co-defendant agreed to testify against the linebacker. That probably sealed the sentence for McClain.
Talk about the report about McClain’s sentencing with Raiders fans over at Silver and Black Pride.
According to a report from WHNT 19 Oakland Raiders LB Rolando McClain is set to stand trial in Decatur Municipal Court. But his co-defendant, Jaradious Willingham, has pleaded guilty to his charges and has agreed to testify against McClain.
Willingham pleaded guilty to third-degree assault. Municipal Judge Billy Cook sentenced him to 90 days in jail. Willingham must also pay about $300 in fines.
The judge then cleared the courtroom of other witnesses so the trial could begin.
McClain and Willingham will stand trial on charges stemming from an attack on November 30, 2011 in the Decatur area. Rolando had no comments when arriving at court this morning, nor did his attorney, Harvey Steinberg. McClain is charged with assault, reckless endangerment, menacing, and wrongful discharge of a firearm related to the incident, as well as a traffic violation last May.
McClain played football for Decatur High School as well as the University of Alabama.
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There is now video of the incident that landed Rolando McClain in hot water. It isn't quite as bad as originally thought, but there are definitely some signs that McClain did do some of the things he was accused of.
Thanks to WAAY 31 and the Decatur Daily, you can view the video below.
Definitely doesn't look too good.
"It’s obvious that McClain has been edited out of parts of it, but it matches up perfectly with (the victim)'s statements of it," attorney Carl Cole said. "I think this shows that there may be cracks in Willingham and McClain’s circle of friends. They may not all be willing to hide what happened that night."
For those wanting a summary of the case up to this point, first McClain was at the scene when gunshots were fired for the second straight year. Then McClain ended up getting charged for having discharged one of those firearms at the scene. He was also charged for third degree assault, menacing and reckless endangerment, and there were claims that he tried to ambush the woman in question. Not a great situation for anyone, and the Raiders will only have to wait until court proceedings take place.
Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain will stand trial beginning May 17 in Decatur, Alabama for his alleged involvement in an attack on an individual in late November. McClain and Jerradius Willingham are the two defendants in this case. McClain is charged with third degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm within city limits.
All of the charges are misdemeanors, but there is a chance for jail time. For the NFL and Raiders purposes, there is also a chance for a potential suspension and possible waiving from the team. The NFL has held off on whether to suspend McClain but always reserves the right to do so in the future. The Raiders conducted their own investigation into the incident and believe there are details that contradict the evidence in question.
At the time, head coach Hue Jackson indicated if McClain lied to the team there would be repercussions. The front office and coaching staff have all changed since the incident, but one would imagine McClain is not out of the woods yet with the team. We'll get a better idea of the situation in May.
Oakland Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain was active for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins, a few days after he had been arrested in connection with a gun being fired in Decatur, Alabama. The Raiders conducted their own investigation into the incident and based on what the team was told, Hue Jackson was comfortable activating McClain.
Hue Jackson spoke with the media on Monday and had a few comments about McClain and his status moving forward (Steve Corkran with the tweets). Jackson told the media he spoke with McClain and gathered information independent of McClain to make his decision for Sunday. He believes when all the facts he heard come out, people will view the incident differently.
At the same time, Jackson knows there is the possibility someone could be lying in this wbole thing, which could change what he has learned. He said that if the NFL ends up suspending McClain because of something Jackson has not learned, McClain will feel his full wrath. I suspect that if McClain lies to Jackson about any of the incident, he could very easily be let go. That is not to say McClain is lying, but it is something to keep in mind depending on how this plays out.
For more on Rolando McClain and the Oakland Raiders, head over to Silver & Black Pride.
The Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins released their inactive lists for Sunday and Oakland elected to keep middle linebacker Rolando McClain active. McClain was arrested Thursday after an incident in which a gun was fired in public. He was released on bail after being charged with discharging a firearm in public, third degree assault, menacing and reckless endangerment.
Head coach Hue Jackson had said Friday he was going to wait on his decision about McClain until he had a chance to speak with the player. He spoke with him Friday and McClain's reported contrition likely helped soothe Jackson's concerns to some extent. What also might have helped is a report that the Raiders own investigation of the incident has revealed details that contradict the allegations against McClain.
The Raiders also deactivated Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford, Denarius Moore and Taiwan Jones. Carson Palmer will once again be short several of his key weapons as the Raiders look to maintain their lead in the AFC West.
Oakland Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain remains a game-time decision as head coach Hue Jackson has not yet declared his status for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. McClain was arrested on Thursday and charged with discharging a firearm in public, third degree assault, menacing and reckless endangerment. He was released on bail Thursday afternoon and met the team at their hotel in Ft. Lauderdale on Friday.
McClain took part in the Raiders' Saturday walkthrough at Dolphins Stadium. While this guarantees nothing, this would seem to be a good sign that he will be active for Sunday's game. At the same time, Hue Jackson likely wants to keep the Dolphins guessing right up until game time, so it is now just a matter of waiting for the game-day inactives list.
While McClain has not had a great season, he has been a solid part of the Raiders rush defense. The Raiders would likely move outside linebacker Aaron Curry into middle linebacker if McClain is inactive. This weakens two positions at once against a team that has been running the ball particularly well lately. Head coach Hue Jackson has to consider that, but must focus on the message he wants to send as well.
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The Oakland Raiders conducted a walkthrough practice on Saturday for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins and middle linebacker Rolando McClain was on hand for the walkthrough. McClain was arrested on Thursday after allegedly firing a gun on Wednesday night in an altercation with a former childhood friend in Alabama. McClain has denied the charges.
McClain was released on bail Thursday afternoon and questions immediately arose as to his status for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Hue Jackson spoke to the media on Friday and simply said that he would need to speak with McClain in person before he could make any decision as to his status for Sunday and moving forward.
Hue Jackson told CSNCalifornia.com that he spoke with McClain but would not reveal his status for Sunday. Jackson told the media:
"We'll see," Jackson told CSNCalifornia.com at the team hotel. "I feel very comfortable that we're getting down to the issues with him. This is something he has to learn from, we all have to learn from.
"I will make the best decision for the organization and the football team."
More than likely any decision will not be known until game-day inactives are announced. If McClain is not active, his primary backup is Darryl Blackstock. While Blackstock is the backup middle linebacker, there is some talk that Aaron Curry could potentially move back inside.
For further discussion on Rolando McClain, head over to Silver & Black Pride.
Rolando McClain and the Oakland Raiders have had a tumultuous week and we still do not know the fate of the second-year linebacker out of Alabama. He was arrested, charged and released on bail, and now he has arrived in South Florida a day early before meeting with head coach Hue Jackson.
With the press hounding McClain at his hotel, he refused to comment on the multiple misdemeanor charges he now faces. Rolando did manage to say a few things on his way out, though, and CSN Bay Area was able to get ahold of the what transpired:
McClain was awaiting the arrival of his Oakland teammates at the official Raiders hotel and politely declined an interview, saying, "I've been advised to not say anything. Best thing I can do is just stay quiet and get ready for the game."
Asked by CSNCalifornia.com if he still planned on playing Sunday against Miami, McClain nodded his head affirmatively.
"No reason why I shouldn't," he said, before getting into an elevator.
That's certainly an interesting way to look at it. It's not every day that you get arrested and charged for being in possession of a deadly weapon, but it apparently hasn't stopped the linebacker from thinking he shouldn't play. We should know McClain's status within the next 24 hours or so. Coach Jackson has a big decision to make.
For more on the Raiders, head on over to Silver and Black Pride.
A day after linebacker Rolando McClain was released from jail following his arrest for discharging a gun in public, Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson addressed the situation with the media. There are numerous questions surrounding McClain's status moving forward with the most pressing being what will happen this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
John Dickinson was at Jackson's Friday press conference and was able to tweet out some of the important comments from the head coach. Naturally, Jackson was extremely concerned about the situation, particularly given the details that are emerging from the alleged victim's claims. Jackson indicated he would not make a determination about McClain's status for Sunday until he has a chance to talk to him in person. Given that the team is about to get on a plane for Miami, it seems like Jackson and McClain will talk about the incident in Miami.
McClain has denied the charges through his lawyer and will get a chance to do so to Hue Jackson later today when the Raiders get to Miami. It is unknown whether simple denial and contrition will be enough to get him on the field on Sunday. If that is enough to get him on the field, you can be sure Jackson will not take too kindly to McClain if the young linebacker lies to him.
For further discussion of these events, head over to Silver & Black Pride.
Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain has denied firing his gun and denied being part of the fight that led to the alleged gun shots. His attorney stated that he was confident McClain would be cleared of all charges. McClain was arrested Thursday and charged with discharging a firearm in public, third degree assault, menacing and reckless endangerment. He was released on $2,000 bail Thursday afternoon.
The incident revolves around a fight that reportedly occurred Wednesday evening involving three childhood friends. The alleged victim, Richard Tapscott, claimed he was ambushed by McClain and a mutual friend, Jerradius Willingham. The police were called and took a statement from Tapscott. Since it was a misdemeanor, police could not immediately arrest McClain without further information. They did some more investigating and Thursday they issued and executed an arrest warrant for McClain.
McClain's status for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins is uncertain at this point. He is out of jail and awaiting the eventual legal proceedings. As Silver & Black Pride points out, it is entirely possible this will not go to trial until after the season ends. At the same time, McClain could still face a suspension given the way the NFL's personal conduct policy operates. It is the first charge against McClain so it is possible Goodell will wait before issuing any sort of suspension.
To further discuss this developing story, head over to Silver & Black Pride.
Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested Thursday on allegations of discharging a firearm in public, third degree assault, menacing and reckless endangerment. McClain was released on bail Thursday afternoon and now awaits word on his status for Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
An Alabama news organization had a chance to speak to the alleged victim, Richard Tapscott, and get some more details about his side of the story. The police released a statement concerning Tapscott's allegations, but Tapscott provided more details to the media.
According to Tapscott, the whole sequence of events was an ambush by McClain and a mutual friend, Jerradius Willingham:
"I went over there, it was basically like an ambush, like they set me up to fight because as soon as I got there, he wasn't there, the gentleman I ended up getting into a fight with the first time. Then they all went outside and I was sitting in the house, and that's when they came back in the house and they were like, 'You're going to have to fight, come back out and fight,' and I was like 'I ain't fighting, I ain't coming outside.' And that's when he came in the house and assaulted me.
"Last night, before all the charges were pressed, I didn't want him to get in trouble, because I look at him like a brother, as a friend. I never thought it would come to this. What goes around comes around."
There has been no word yet from Rolando McClain in regards to the incident, although his lawyer has likely advised him to keep quiet for now. Until we hear his side of the story, we can do no more than take Tapscott's story at face value. The problem at this point is that there is an element missing from Tapscott's comments above.
If Tapscott is speaking the truth and he was ambushed by McClain and Willingham, there has to be a reason why. That is not meant to provide an excuse for why McClain might have done what he is charged with, but rather just for why this all went down. Normal, sane people do not generally attack other people with zero provocation. At the same time, whatever McClain did do, he put himself in a position he should not have and is now going to likely cost his team. For now we just have to wait and see how this plays out.
Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain was released from a Decatur, Alabama jail Thursday afternoon after posting $2,000 bail. The release followed his arrest earlier Thursday for a variety of misdemeanor charges related to McClain allegedly discharging his gun following a fight. McClain is charged with discharging a gun in public within city limits, third degree assault, menacing and reckless endangerment. You can check out an explanation of the charges here.
McClain was in town for a family funeral when things got out of hand. The police released a statement containing the victim's allegations, but there has been no word yet from McClain as to his side of the story. A picture has emerged from when he was arrested and it only adds to the question marks about the entire incident.
There are very few answers at this point as the Raiders and NFL are not commenting about the situation. Given that the NFL often employs a guilty no matter what standard with its personal conduct policy, there is a very good chance Rolando McClain will face a suspension from the league. The Raiders could also choose to suspend McClain, but with no additional details out yet, it is hard to tell what kind of action will happen, and when it will happen.
For more discussion and commentary on these events, check out Silver & Black Pride.
Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested on Thursday after an incident Wednesday night resulted in gun shots being fired. For misdemeanor offenses in Alabama, an officer can only make an arrest if the offense occurred in their presence. In this case, they took the victim's statement and subsequently received an arrest warrant for McClain and another individual, Jerradius Willingham.
McClain was processed on Thursday and is currently in custody awaiting payment on bond of $2,000. Below is the mugshot taken following his arrest:
McClain has been charged with counts of discharging a firearm in city limits, Assault in the Third Degree, Menacing, and Reckless Endangerment. The discharging a firearm charge is pretty easy to figure out. Here is a breakdown of the other charges according to the Alabama Criminal Code:
Third degree assault
(a) A person commits the crime of assault in the third degree if:
(1) With intent to cause physical injury to another person, he causes physical injury to any person; or
(2) He recklessly causes physical injury to another person; or(3) With criminal negligence he causes physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument; or
(4) With intent to prevent a peace officer from performing a lawful duty, he causes physical injury to any person.
(b) Assault in the third degree is a Class A misdemeanor.
(a) A person commits the crime of menacing if, by physical action, he intentionally places or attempts to place another person in fear of imminent serious physical injury.
(b) Menacing is a Class B misdemeanor.
(a) A person commits the crime of reckless endangerment if he recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person.
(b) Reckless endangerment is a Class A misdemeanor.
For the Class A misdemeanors, the potential jail time is a maximum of one year. For the Class B misdemeanor, the maximum jail time is six months. The sentences can be served consecutively or concurrently (at the same time).
Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain finds his status in question for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins as he is dealing with serious legal issues in Decatur, Alabama. McClain was arrested following an incident in which he allegedly discharged a weapon in public. He has been charged with discharging a firearm inside the city limits, third degree assault, menacing and reckless endangerment. The assault and endangerment charges constitute Class A misdemeanors, while menacing is a Class B misdemeanor.
Prior to the news of the charges, head coach Hue Jackson had indicated McClain would play on Sunday. Now that charges have been filed and McClain is in custody, that creates numerous question marks. He will be out of jail in time for the game, but given the gravity of the situation, it is difficult to tell whether he will be active on Sunday.
The Decatur police released a statement related on the charges giving the victim's side of the story:
"The victim in the assault reported that he had been at a residence on Skyview St. SW in Decatur when he got into a fight with another individual, identified as Jerradius Willingham. During the fight, the victim sustained injuries to his head and face. He was bleeding from the nose and mouth when speaking to the responding officers. The victim told officers that following the fight, he crawled to his car. He said that when he reached his car, Rolando McClain produced a pistol and aimed it at him. He said that while he was still on the ground, McClain walked over to him and put the gun to his head. The victim reported that he begged McClain not to shoot him and that McClain took the gun away from his head, held it next to his ear and fired it. Even though the initial report was of "shots" fired, investigators believe this was the only gunshot fired."
We still have not heard McClain's side of the story so there is plenty still to be figured out. Keep in mind that this statement is strictly from the alleged victim.
Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain has been arrested in Decatur, Alabama and charged with third degree assault according to Decatur PD Lt. John Crouch. McClain reportedly discharged a firearm within the city limits of Decatur, which is the extent of the assault charge. No additional details were made available.
The Raiders are aware of the situation but have no additional comment at this point. Hue Jackson is currently addressing the media as he normally does, but it is doubtful he will have anything to add on the situation. Much of the next few days actions will depend on how the legal process works itself out. Third degree assault is a class A misdemeanor in Alabama.
McClain was in Decatur for a family funeral and a fight broke out around 10:20 p.m. One person was reportedly injured in the fight and gunshots were fired at some point. The one victim drove himself to the hospital and was later released. This is the second incident where Rolando McClain's name has been peripherally attached to a gun incident.
Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain found himself at the scene of a fight with reported gunshots on Wednesday night in his hometown of Decatur, Alabama, though he was uninjured and without charges against him. Nevertheless, the fact that an NFL player is caught in crossfire in never a good thing, especially since it's the second time this year it's happened to him.
McClain, the former University of Alabama standout, was in Decatur for a family funeral when a fight broke out around 10:20 p.m. Wednesday and gunshots were fired. Lt. John Crouch said that one person was injured in the fight and drove himself to the hospital, where he was later released. Crouch confirmed that McClain was indeed present and accounted for at the scene of the crime and that the incident is currently under investigation.
The Raiders noted that they were aware of the situation, though they had no further comments.
This is the unfortunately the second incident involving McClain and bullets in Alabama over the last year. Back in January, someone opened fire at McClain's Chevy. McClain told the police that shots were fired from a group of people standing on a corner, and that the gunmen was unknown.
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