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McClain at OTA’s While Waiting Appeal on Conviction

Rolando McClain is at the Raiders OTA’s and practicing with the team while awaiting appeal on his conviction in Decatur, Ala. for assault, reckless endagerment, illegal discharge of a firearm and menacing.

McClain was sentenced last Thursday to 180 days in jail and fined $2,000 by a municipal court judge, then freed pending appeal. Appealing to the circuit court would include a jury trial. McClain’s attorney, Harvey Steinberg called the verdict “meaningless” in anticipation of a jury trial.

The Raiders’ statement upon McClain’s conviction said “The team will continue to closely monitor the legal process, understanding that when appropriate the NFL will review the situation under its personal conduct policy.”

The club also has the option for disciplining McClain for conduct detrimental to the club _ the incident occurred on Nov. 30 while he was in Decatur for the funeral of a family member.

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One Response to “McClain at OTA’s While Waiting Appeal on Conviction”

  1. John R. LoRe, Ph.D. says:

    Sad to say, our promising young linebackers days are probably numbered. The Raiders are a snakebit team. Not much seems to go our way. It is hard to imagine this team, with what it is trying to do now, keeping McClain. He was a celebrated high first round pick a few years ago, now we may have to let him go for next to nothing. To be clear, what he did was despicable. What Michael Vick did was despicable. We simply cannot have that kind of behavior from anyone. But these young men never became men. These are boys brought into violence, often from violence. What do we really expect. Instead of incriminating them, maybe we should help them. Perhaps the NFL should develop a mentoring program for all of their players, starting as rookies (or even starting in college). Then these men will likely support or active work to provide mentors for the percentage of our population who were never humanized, who never had a chance. This is how it works. There is a reason why these “boys” feel like victims when they are punished for the crimes they commit. They never had a chance.

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