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Rolando McClain to play after mid-week arrest?

Posted on: December 4, 2011 10:48 am
Edited on: December 4, 2011 12:38 pm
 
McClain, arrested Wednesday, could play in Miami Sunday. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

UPDATE, 12:30 p.m. ET: According to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Eric Gilmore, McClain is dressed and could start. "LB Rolando McClain was on the field with the first-team defense in pregame drills. McClain was arrested Thursday on four misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident with a gun. There was some question whether he’d be active."

Despite an ankle injury, Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain has been busy this week and for all the wrong reasons. On Wednesday, McClain, in his hometown of Decatur, Alabama, was arrested and charged with assault and discharging a gun.

The alleged victim told police that McClain stood over him, put a gun to his head, and as the victim begged for his life, McClain allegedly fired a shot next to the victim’s ear.

McClain's prior injury plus the mid-week off-field incident may not be enough to keep him out of the lineup Sunday when the Raiders face the the Dolphins in Miami. A league source tells ProFootballTalk.com that McClain could play.

"Fueling that belief is the reality that the Raiders’ preliminary investigation has uncovered information that contradicts the allegations against McClain," PFT.com's Mike Florio wrote Sunday morning. "Although Jackson has expressed frustration with McClain and indicated that McClain was 'remorseful' when the player and the coach met on Saturday, those feelings relate to the fact that McClain allowed himself to be in a situation that gave rise to the allegations. With the team determining that, for now, the allegations are not substantiated, the team may not be inclined to take action against McClain."

The Raiders currently hold a tenuous one-game lead over the Broncos in the AFC West, and that almost certainly has some bearing on Jackson's decision. If Oakland were, say, 2-9, there would be less incentive to get McClain on the field.

But it's not like the Raiders are the only team to face such decisions; it happens almost every week. Ultimately, the league will get involved and they have a history of punishing players even when the U.S. legal system does not.

Because that's how Roger Goodell rolls.

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kooplink
Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 1:49 pm
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Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 1:45 pm
 

Rolando McClain to play after mid-week arrest?

At Biff, I agree, it is ashame when they want to lock this guy up for 6 yrs, but don't want to give him any help. Lil Wayne and a lot of other stars are also addicted to the same thing Codein and alcohol. I wonder if its favoritism, Brett Favre was addicted to pain killers (even though not caught with them) and when they found out, they gave him help, but he didn't get jail time for it. Is it because he was a bigger star?




Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Rolando McClain to play after mid-week arrest?

At Redskin81hof, I agree with some of what you said. However, our system is supposed to be based on the truth. You are innocent until proven guilty. Same should go for the NFL. I AM A RAIDER FAN FOR LIFE!! Let me get that out now, but whether this guy played for Raiders, Cowboys (Who I don't like), the Redskins (who I also don't really like), or any other team, I would still say the same thing. I want them to get facts and know what happened before they suspend him. I agree that he does need help, but let's be fair. What if this story is a bunch of nonsense and lies, which Im sure has happened before. Then you would have suspended him without facts and for no reason really. I do agree with you, I am pissed about the fact that he is even somewhere where he would have to do something like this to someone. He didn't need to be there. Plus, even if you don't suspend or fine him, then create an organization he can go to get help, which I think there already is. Also, for the record Rolando McClain isn't the only player who needs help, Suh does (not a bad guy, but does stupid things to hurt his team), and a ton of others. Depending on what they did, the NFL (as well as the NBA, MLB, & NHL) needs to force them to get help, after the 1st incident, either fine or suspension or get into this program and get some help for X amount of time.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 1:25 pm
 

Rolando McClain to play after mid-week arrest?

The guy with the drug conviction was Johny Jolly, a suspended DL from the Packers. he got 6 years for having codein and trying to hide it during a traffic stop because he threw the bag the drugs came in out the eindow of his truck! he got the 6 years because it was a parol violationg form his other two convictions!



Thanks for the info...you're right about the help.  With Jolly here, I can't help but think there has to be a better way than locking him up for 6 years.  That's what I meant with him even though it didn't come off that way.  But he has to want to get better as well....and I understand it can be incredibly difficullt to get better.




Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Rolando McClain to play after mid-week arrest?

How did Vick get off easy? Yeah, he got less time, but he also got endorsment deals, his contract, and etc taken away from him too, which is a lot more than most people I know of you got caught (actually red handed) doing what he did. I know people who have been caught in action dog fighting and still got less done to them than Vick without much money for lawyers and etc. Im not sure what exactly happened with McClain, so I will have to wait to speak on that, but for the people who don't think he should play, I disagree. We don't really know exactly what happened. Nothing has been confirmed yet, so yeah he deserves to play and I would say the same thing with any incident until it gets confirmed and we know for sure.




Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2011 1:12 pm
 

Rolando McClain to play after mid-week arrest?

Time does make people forget.

Vick got his time for the interstate gambling ring hie ws financing. the fact that it was fighting dogs, simply fanned the flames for the public. hie tme was served for racketeering and was completely justified.

Plaxico Burress got the minimum sentence for the crime he committed. If you want to say that if he had done it in Jersey instead of NY then he would have gottten less, or that NY gun laws are too harsh, then OK, but he got off as easy as possible for the crime.

The guy with the drug conviction was Johny Jolly, a suspended DL from the Packers. he got 6 years for having codein and trying to hide it during a traffic stop because he threw the bag the drugs came in out the eindow of his truck! he got the 6 years because it was a parol violationg form his other two convictions!

This is not chikds play or injustice guys. You should stop all that nonsense. they all deserved to go to jail like anyone else. If someone had taken them to taks a little earlier in their lives it may not have come to this. McClain needs help and alot of it and allowing him to play sends him a very very dangerous massage WHETHER HE IS GUILTY THIS TIME OR NOT. It would be a small price to pay for saving his life in the next incident wouldn't you say? He has already been involved in a drive by shooting and now assault with a deadly weapon. Even if he is not convicted he was there and involved with some pretty bad people. How did that work out for Sean Taylor? How about the kid from the Bengals that was in and out of trouble until he got thrown out of the back of the pickup he was trying to stop?
 
Ray Lewis cleaned up his act after his brush with the law, Same with Jamaal Lewis who went to jail for brokering a drug deal with an FBI agent. Somebody had to get killed or crippled before action was taken against Pacman Jones. These guys all think they are above the law until they are shown they are not. Someone needs to help this kid and fast instead of enabling him. To let him play is to say that you are ok with what he has done, convicted or not. It's true lot's of other guys have been able to play while charges hang over their head. There has to be a reason to believe that something did happen to take action, but by taking action maybe the kid thinks twice before going to that location with those people the next time, knowing he may be suspended without pay for simply being there?



Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Rolando McClain to play after mid-week arrest?

Big E

 Vick got off easy, they had him for racketeering and not charging him for it was part of the plea deal; otherwise he'd have atleast 6 more yrs to serve. For McClain if it is self-defense, he should play, or if he's a punk, he should sit the rest of the year.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Rolando McClain to play after mid-week arrest?

I don't agree with the suspension.  Just kicked out and fined.  No woulda shoulda couldas.  If Suh did injure the Packers player, then Suh should be out until the other player can play again.  After the whistle fouls in these cases. 


I know this is a football thread but I can still remember Claude Lemeiux driving Chris Draper into the boards with a blatant cheap shot where Draper was out for a significant time.  I believe Lemeiux should have been out of the game until Draper came back.  Bertuzzi should have never been allowed back in the league.

You injure somebody with intent, you're out as long as they are.



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 12:48 pm
 

Rolando McClain to play after mid-week arrest?

At Biff, I remember the player who is about to do 6 years for having drugs in the car. I don't remember his name, but he is or was one of the starting linebackers for the Packers. He was hurting himself at that point, but they were found in his car, so we don't know if he was selling or using. If using, then imagine how many people he would have hurt being under the influence while driving. I agree, I don't know if he deserves 6 yrs though. Maybe a year. Plaxico didn't deserve 2 years because, that time he hurt himself. However, he could have hit someone else when his gun fired. He was being stupid. Vick didn't deserve everything he got. He was wrong, but listen, I have had a dog and a cat and loved them very much, but an animal is not more important than a human being. There are regular people who have shot someone and still not gotten as much done to them as Vick did. Plus in the lower country areas like Georgia, SC, Florida, New Orleans, and etc, basically the south, if a dog gets hit by a car, a lot of times he or she might not get taken to a doc because the owner doesn't have the money, so the dog or cat either makes it or they don't. Plus, I have known of instances where people have been caught up in dog fighting rings and still got less time than Vick and got less done to them than Vick did. I understand your point though. 



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 12:38 pm
 

Rolando McClain to play after mid-week arrest?

WarnertoHolt, Suh should have been suspended two games for what he did. No, no one got hurt or missed a play, but it appeared he was intending to do the same thing Albert Haynesworth once did. Plus he has a history of stuff that he has done too. Then he was just called into the principal's office for a chat about the same exact type of behavior and still did it again. I don't like Roger Goodell and I do agree that the league has become more pussified and that he (Goodell) is inconsistent with suspensions and etc. So what are they supposed to do, wait until he does hurt somebody like Haynesworth did and then do something? Suh did need to be ejected, fined, and suspended at least two games. I do think that he is young and needs to grow up and that is probably why he is continually doing stupid things on the field to hurt his team.


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