Details continue to emerge regarding the arrest of Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain. And it’s gradually getting uglier for the team’s first-round pick in 2010.
Via Nate Stuhlberg of CSNBayArea.com, Rishard Papscott claims that McClain and another man set Papscott up for the fight that resulted in McClain allegedly holding a gun to Papscott’s head.
“I went over there, it was basically like an ambush,” Papscott told WAFF in Alabama. Papscott explained that he accepted an invitation to a friend’s house, and that McClain and the other man were there. Eventually, McClain and the other man allegedly assaulted Papscott, after Papscott refused to fight.
“Last night, before all the charges were pressed, I didn’t want [McClain] to get in trouble, because I look at him like a brother, as a friend,” Papscott said. “I never thought it would come to this. What goes around comes around.”
There’s surely more to this one. Papscott claims that he has known McClain and the other man since before middle school, and that they grew up playing football and basketball together. Still, regardless of the background, if McClain did what he allegedly did he deserves to be prosecuted.
Since McClain hasn’t practiced this week due to an ankle injury, the Raiders likely won’t have to deal with the question of whether he should be benched or otherwise disciplined, which becomes much easier when the alleged perpetrator is a backup and more complex when he’s a starter.