Raiders’ McClain sentenced to 180 days in jail
Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain has been sentenced to
180 days in jail for assault and other charges stemming from a
fight in his hometown when he allegedly threatened to kill a man
and fired a gun next to his head.
Decatur Municipal Judge Bill Cook convicted the 22-year-old
former Alabama star Thursday of third-degree assault, menacing,
reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm in the city limits.
He fined McClain $2,000.
McClain, 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds, and Jarodiaus Willingham were
charged with assaulting Rishard Tapscott, who was a friend of the
two, on Nov. 30, 2011. Tapscott testified that the Raiders
linebacker pointed a gun at his head and threatened to kill him
before firing it beside his ear.
McClain’s attorney, Harvey Steinberg, said he will appeal to
Morgan County Circuit Court seeking a jury trial.
”I wanted to put this on so we could show how ridiculous this
entire situation is,” Steinberg said after the conviction. ”It
truly is. There’s no basis for it. Our feeling was that we should
go through it so we could put out there that Rolando did very
little, if anything, wrong. He certainly didn’t do anything
McClain was released on the bail he paid following his arrest.
He did not respond to reporters’ questions before driving away in a
white pickup truck.
”I hate that this took place but I’m glad about him being found
guilty because it shows that I wasn’t lying,” Tapscott said
following the five-hour trial.
Willingham, 23 of Decatur, pleaded guilty to third-degree
assault in the case Thursday morning. He received a 90-day jail
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league will review
McClain’s case to determine if further punishment is warranted. The
Raiders said in a statement that they would continue to monitor the
McClain, the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft, signed a $40
million, five-year contract that included $23 million in guarantees
with the Raiders before his rookie season.
He had 99 tackles and five sacks in 15 games last season.
Tapscott has also filed a civil suit against McClain.
The judge declined to allow City Prosecuter Emily Baggett to
introduce a videotape from the incident. Decatur attorney Carl
Cole, who is representing Tapscott in the suit, provided the video
to the prosecution.