December 01, 2011
This week, the Oakland Raiders gave linebacker Rolando McClain(notes) some time off for his grandfather's funeral in his hometown of Decatur, Ala. Little did they know that McClain would stay down there, but for completely different reasons.
The second-leading tackler for the AFC West-leading Raiders was arrested for all sorts of assault charges, with the kicker being that he held a handgun next to a man's head and fired it off right next to his ear. Along with that, McClain was arrested for discharging a firearm inside city limits, third-degree assault, menacing and reckless endangerment on Wednesday night.
The San Francisco Chronicle has the details ...
The victim, whose name was not released, told police that he got into a fight with Jerradius Willingham Wednesday night. The victim told police who had responded to the call that he crawled to his car after the fight, and then McClain put a gun to his head while he was lying on the ground, police said.
"The victim reported that he begged McClain not to shoot him," a police news release said, "and that McClain took the gun away from his head, held it next to his ear and fired it."
Problem is, this isn't the first time McClain has had issues back in Alabama with guns. In January police found a bullet in the rear door on the vehicle he was driving, which he blamed on someone randomly shooting at him on the street.
Still, it seems when these types of problems pile up on one player, it's bad news, both for McClain and the Raiders, who don't need to lose anymore personnel as they battle for a playoff spot.
Bail has been posted for McClain, but more to come for sure out of Decatur.
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