Raiders' McClain arrested again in Alabama

Raiders' McClain arrested again in Alabama
January 8, 2013, 4:15 pm
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If this is not the end of the road for Rolando McClain with the Raiders, what is?

The disgraced No. 8 overall draft pick of the 2010 NFL draft out of Alabama was arrested Tuesday and released on bail from Decatur, Ala., City Jail after being booked "on a window tint violation and a misdemeanor charge of giving a false name to a law enforcement officer," according to the Decatur Daily.

According to reports, McClain was pulled over because of the dark window tint and then gave the fake name.

"I'm falsely accused of everything," McClain said, according to the Decatur Daily. "It's corrupt. It's terrible."

It's also, obviously, not McClain's first brush with the law since being drafted by Oakland after he was the top linebacker in the country at Alabama. And McClain was asked if he believed police on his hometown were out to get him.

"Yes," he said. "You said it. I answered it."

In January of 2011, the SUV McClain was driving in Decatur was shot at, though no one was injured.

Some 10 months later, in November of 2011, McClain was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, menacing, discharging a handgun in city limits and reckless endangerment after allegedly firing a gun next to a man's ear, a then-friend named Rishard Tapscott.

At the time, McClain was purportedly in Alabama mid-week for a grandfather's funeral and met the Raiders in South Florida for a game against the Miami Dolphins that weekend.

"I've been advised to not say anything," he told me at the team hotel in Fort Lauderdale that night, before the Raiders arrived. "Best thing I can do is just stay quiet and get ready for the game."

Yes, he expected to play.

"No reason why I shouldn't," he said, before getting into an elevator.

It was thought that then-coach Hue Jackson would suspend or discipline McClain, but Jackson said he would essentially conduct his own investigation and McClain played on. The Raiders lost that game, dropped four of their last five to fall out of the playoff race and are a combined 5-16 since.

McClain was initially found guilty of the four charges in May of 2012 and sentenced to 180 days in prison, but everything was dropped during the appeals process when Tapscott decided to drop the charges in November, per court records, said the Decatur Daily.

The NFL never slapped McClain with a suspension and he started the Raiders' new regime with a clean slate from new general manager Reggie McKenzie and rookie coach Dennis Allen.

"Since we've been here, he's been great," McKenzie told a group of reporters following June mini-camp. "I'm not going to hold anything over his head about what he's done in the past. We're only concerned what he does from here on out."

But the play of McClain, who had a knee and ankle so bad in 2011 he underwent stem-cell treatments, never improved; it regressed in 2012 as he still had trouble shedding blocks, often shot the wrong gaps, was spotted jogging on plays on more than one occasion and the middle linebacker was taken off the field in passing situations in Week 4. He was also stripped of the "green dot" on his helmet, meaning he no longer wore the communication device to keep in touch with the sidelines.

Then, on Nov. 28, McClain was kicked out of practice following a reported "heated" discussion with Allen. McClain then went to his Facebook page and posted: "Officially no longer an Oakland Raider!!" Before adding, "Well technically I am. But I'm mentally done. Just waiting on my papers."

Later, the following was posted: "It's out of my hands right now." Then, "I'm gonna weigh my options. Looking forward to playing for an actual 'team.'" His final post: "I'd like to be anywhere besides here."

McClain was slapped with a two-game suspension for "conduct detrimental to the team," and when he returned for the season's final three games, he suffered the indignity of wearing a green beanie as a scout team running back and was made inactive for the Raiders' final three games.

"I know what he texted, Facebooked or all that stuff," McKenzie told reporters on Nov. 30. "What he said, that he’s gone. I think I am the one that is going to make that call, not him."

Many wondered why the Raiders simply did not cut McClain, whose base salary for 2012 was $970,000 but goes up to $4.005 million in 2013. The team would not comment but the only reason that made fiscal sense was that cutting McClain might accelerate his prorations for all of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, which would be $9.68 million, which could then conceivably put the Raiders over the salary cap. If so, they were stuck.

The Raiders said they were "choosing not to comment at this time" on the latest McClain arrest.

In his career, McClain has 6 1/2 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, no fumble recoveries and 23 passes defensed in 41 games. Surely, the Raiders expected more out of their supposed cornerstone middle linebacker when they drafted him.

Per his rookie contract, McClain is due to make $4.005 million in base salary in 2013 (with a salary cap number of $6.675 million), $5.805 million in 2014 ($8.475 million cap number) and $2.665 million ($5.085 million cap number) in 2015.

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