Here's a pretty good way to turn a minor citation into a trip to jail.
Rolando McClain, an Oakland Raiders linebacker whose career has been mostly a major disappointment since he was the team's 2010 first-round pick, was pulled over Tuesday because the window tint on his car was too dark. Annoying, for sure. But, for a player who isn't doing well with the Raiders and has had legal issues before, signing the ticket, paying the fine and keeping his name out of the news was probably the best plan.
But no, McClain didn't go that route.
According to the Decatur (Tenn.) Daily, the officer thought McClain signed the ticket, but what he found on the ticket where the signature should be was the message, "(Expletive) y'all." When the officer asked McClain to sign his real name, the linebacker replied, "That is my name,” police spokesman Lt. John Crouch told the Decatur Daily.
This came after, according to the police information officer, McClain was asked for driver's license and proof of insurance and replied, “You know who I am.”
And that's how McClain turned a violation on tinted windows into a trip to Decatur City Jail. He was charged with giving a false name and the window tint violation, and released on $1,000 cash bail, the paper said. He could have avoided the arrest by signing the ticket, the Decatur Police told the paper.
“I’m falsely accused of everything,” McClain said as he left City Hall, according to the Decatur Daily. “It’s corrupt. It’s terrible.”
McClain said he provided a letter from his doctor explaining the dark tint (we've heard it all now), but refused twice to roll the window up so the officer on the scene could check the tint. The paper asked McClain if he thought the police were out to get him.
“Yes. You said it. I answered it,” McClain said.
This isn't the first time McClain has been in the news for the wrong reasons.
In November of 2012 McClain had misdemeanor assault charges dropped when the victim decided not to pursue charges. McClain was accused of holding a gun next to the man's head and firing it next to his ear.
The Raiders can't be thrilled with this last bit of very avoidable bad news. But if the team does bring him back, it can replace the name on the back of his jersey with "(Expletive) y'all."