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Still no decision on Rolando McClain’s status

Darren Sproles, Rolando McClain AP

Raiders coach Hue Jackson met with Rolando McClain on Saturday, two days after the second-year middle linebacker was arrested on a variety of charges in Alabama relating to the alleged pointing of a gun in another person’s face.

Paul Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com reports that Jackson and McClain met on Saturday.  Jackson said that no decision has been made regarding McClain’s status for Sunday against the Dolphins.

“We’ll see,” Jackson told Gutierrez at the team’s South Florida hotel.  “I feel very comfortable that we’re getting down to the issues with him.  This is something he has to learn from, we all have to learn from.

“I will make the best decision for the organization and the football team.”

Jackson added that McClain is “remorseful, and he should be.”

But will Jackson teach McClain a lesson by sitting him?  If McClain were a backup, he’d be benched or worse.  Jackson, however, needs McClain, and Jackson likely will find a way to let McClain help the Raiders beat the Dolphins.

It’s a double standard that applies at every level of every sport.  The stars get special treatment, and the slappies get slapped around.  The Raiders have an opportunity to break the pattern and take action against McClain.

Within the next 17 hours or so, we’ll find out what they choose to do.

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47 Responses to “Still no decision on Rolando McClain’s status”
  1. thebraso says: Dec 3, 2011 8:22 PM

    shoot yourself in the leg and you go to jail for a long time.

    Hold a gun to someones head and you get a slap on the wrirst.

    Come on Man!!

  2. habsman says: Dec 3, 2011 8:23 PM

    You’re kidding right?

    Not only will this guy be playing, he will be delivered to the stadium in a stretch limo.

    This is the Raiders after all.

  3. thetwilightsown says: Dec 3, 2011 8:30 PM

    Court of public opinion has spoken… probably should just send Rolando to the gallows before all this pesky investigating gets out of hand.

    Rolando plays. Does Marshall? Of course… but the Raiders are the only ones guilty of maintaining “the pattern.”

  4. darrylh1978 says: Dec 3, 2011 8:34 PM

    Even though I am a raiser fan, I think it is high time that the players who think they can do whatever they want with no consequences need a wake up call! I believe McLain should be benched until after the police investigation is complete. It may cost us the game Sunday but at least the degeneration of the league may be slowed.

  5. slightlyhyphy says: Dec 3, 2011 8:36 PM

    Any coach would do the same thing. Especially considering he hasn’t been convicted of ANYTHING, why wouldn’t he play? Hell, I accuse Tom Brady of beating me up. Doesn’t mean it’s true, so why should Brady sit because of a simple allegation? C’mon people

  6. kazwhopper says: Dec 3, 2011 8:41 PM

    If McClain is innocent as his attorney said that he asserts, than what does he have to be remorseful over?

  7. dabutcha114 says: Dec 3, 2011 8:50 PM

    The guy is innocent till proven guilty. Alot of people try to exploit these players for money. Plus it is the commish’s job to penalize not the Raiders. He should play till the matter is brought to court and a desicion is made. Go Raiders

  8. 7pints says: Dec 3, 2011 8:52 PM

    Remorseful? Not because he regrets what he did! Only that he was arrested for it You held a gun to someone’s head. This person probably thought he was going to die. Damn… to think I felt bad about the lady who gave me $5 too much change the other day.

  9. hedleykow says: Dec 3, 2011 8:55 PM

    Let him play. Maybe the guy deserved a gun put to his face? This country loves guns. Why should we be surprised when someone displays one?

  10. yallbetuckfards says: Dec 3, 2011 8:57 PM

    McClain is entitled to the due process of the law just the same as anyone. He stand accused of a crime, not commited. What you or I think at this point dont matter. Let the process run before metering out any punishment.

    That said, if found guilty he needs to be taught a MAJOR lesson.

  11. nomoreseasontix says: Dec 3, 2011 9:00 PM

    Break the pattern by sitting your starting MLB in an important game?
    The purpose is to win games, not to make statements.

  12. okldrdrs2111 says: Dec 3, 2011 9:04 PM

    hahaha in the picture, goodnight sproles

  13. raidrz27 says: Dec 3, 2011 9:14 PM

    This is still under investigation, but yet most everyone has him tried and convicted. Any possible suspensions should not happen unless he is convicted.

  14. discosucs2005 says: Dec 3, 2011 9:17 PM

    They might as well play him. If he’s convicted he’s going to be in jail for a long time. He could get charged with firearms possession, kidnapping, reckless endangerment, assault, even attempted murder. They might as well use him while they can.

  15. foosballisthedevil says: Dec 3, 2011 9:25 PM

    Just Win Baby

  16. GG Eden says: Dec 3, 2011 9:37 PM

    I wouldn’t play him for a) disciplinarian reasons b) his mind wont be on the job, on football, but either worried about court outcome, goodell outcome, or, carries that same bad attitude into the game where he takes plays off, plays half-hearted, sense of privilege.

  17. txxxchief says: Dec 3, 2011 9:50 PM

    I wonder if his bail allows him to travel out of Alabama. It would be fun to see a couple of Alabama’s finest collect him from the field during the game.

  18. raiderfan40 says: Dec 3, 2011 9:50 PM

    Just Win Baby!!!!!

  19. bwisnasky says: Dec 3, 2011 9:51 PM

    discosucs2005 says:
    Dec 3, 2011 9:17 PM
    They might as well play him. If he’s convicted he’s going to be in jail for a long time. He could get charged with firearms possession, kidnapping, reckless endangerment, assault, even attempted murder. They might as well use him while they can.

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    Actually, he’s been charged with 4 dismeanors, and was released on $2000 bond… in the dirty south, gun crimes aren’t seen as bad as the northerners like to make them out to be…. that said, what he has to be remorseful for is putting himself in a stupid situation and jeopardizing his and his teams success this year. He was only home for his grandfather’s funeral.. a reasonable excuse in my humble opinion, but he should have gone to the funeral, and gotten his butt back to Oakland, and kept a low profile while he was in Alabama. Will Jackson suspend him? He might make him sit a quarter or a few series, until he sees how bad that defense is with Blackstock trying to carry the load. After that, Romac will be back on the field. That said, personally, the “victim” has changed his story 3 times… I ultimately think it will all go away in a puff of wind… much like Michael Bush’s DWI did… Not excusing the kid for putting himself in a bad situation, but not ready to convict him on the accuser’s testimony alone without due process… and those that are ready to convict him based on an accusation should not have the right to vote in this country.

  20. huejackson says: Dec 3, 2011 10:01 PM

    I happen to know some people who know what happened,,, Mclain is innocent

  21. bojack34 says: Dec 3, 2011 10:03 PM

    The ‘victim’ has changed his story 3 or 4 times now from what I’ve read.

    At one point he was supposedly crawling to his car and McClain was following him with gun drawn. Another version is the ‘victim’ was reaching for a box-cutter but McClain thought it was a gun.

    Bottom line is he put himself in a stupid position and nothing good ever seems to come from these athletes returning to their stomping grounds. The dumb grinning picture certainly didn’t help matters.

    That said – he hasn’t been convicted of anything and the ‘victim’s story changes daily. I don’t think he’s going to be charged with a crime. He should play and hopefully this charges him up a bit.

  22. mushin9 says: Dec 3, 2011 10:05 PM

    Suspending him isn’t about a conviction. His employer has the right to suspend him because he was involved in something that reflects poorly on his employer.

    See Ben (fill in the blank with his name or something derogatory depending on how you feel about the steelers)

    You mess with the public perception/money of the owners and it becomes, “For the good of the shield”

  23. edmazeing1 says: Dec 3, 2011 10:15 PM

    I dont give a $hit wat he did, Raiders had to many loseing seasons to sit a guy, who we need to help us have a chance to winn, maybe if Timmy & his boys where 3 games behind us, I wouldt care if Ro got bench but this is a key game!!!

  24. steviekthr3e says: Dec 3, 2011 10:16 PM

    bwis…
    ..couldnt agree more…

    …as for the “victim”. please. theres two sides to every story and this all sounds a little sketchy. im not saying mcclain wasnt involved in anything but i think this lil accusation stinks like fish.

    hues job is to put the best product out on the field that will equat to a win. not to play cops & robbers/babysitter. rol will play. he just wont “start”

  25. steviekthr3e says: Dec 3, 2011 10:20 PM

    ps. if a gun was shot right next to your ear, wouldnt you list ‘hear loss’ as an effect? (which he never did). hmmmm.

  26. ryanbeingryan says: Dec 3, 2011 10:20 PM

    never understood why any team would suspend a guy if he is important to your team. how is it fair to handicap the other guys on the field? fine him and let the league decide the rest

  27. norcal031 says: Dec 3, 2011 10:26 PM

    As they say you can take us out the hood…..

  28. eleventyeight says: Dec 3, 2011 10:29 PM

    Let’s see: he was *arrested* and charged with multiple violations……..so, by the Ben Roethlisberger standard of breaking the personal conduct code for the NFL it must start with AT LEAST a 4 game suspension….what with his actually being arrested, cuffed and held.

    I figure you start with Ben’s 4 game suspension and add an additional games’ suspension for each seperate charge?

    So what? A 15 game suspension and fine of a season’s pay?

    Right, Rog?

  29. eleventyeight says: Dec 3, 2011 10:39 PM

    Or McClain gets a hug, a wink and a “warning”?

    Right Rog??

  30. thetruth619 says: Dec 3, 2011 10:44 PM

    All of you jumping to conclusions should stop. The alleged victims story has changed a few times. Originally the claim was that Rolando pointed a gun at his head while he pleaded for Rolando not to kill him. He said he was crawling to his car due to being beaten.

    Now, apparently the story the alleged victim is giving is that another man was trying to fight him that was there. He did not want to fight, so he ran to his car to get a box cutter. Once he grabbed it Rolando pulled out a gun and told him ”give me the gun”, thinking the man had a gun. He didn’t give the gun (box cutter) over so Rolando fired a shot as a warning, and the man gave up the box cutter.

    Who knows what’s true. But when your story starts changing…its hard to believe you.

  31. snnyjcbs says: Dec 3, 2011 10:51 PM

    He has been convicted of nothing and last I checked people in this country are innocent until proven guilty. If he is found to have done the things he was charged with he should be dealt with. At this time the kid should play and the Raiders should handle their business in house with regards to McLain.

  32. ern215 says: Dec 3, 2011 11:34 PM

    smh@all of these haters,
    so youre telling me (in a roundabout way) that:
    if someone says that you cheated on your wife (even though you didnt), just because someone says it, that means that you did it????

    or:
    if a bank gets robbed and youre in the area and someone says “he did it” (directed at you) (again, even though you didnt do it), that you did it?????? just because someone says so????, you have to realize that these athletes are worth millions and when they go back to the hood, the hood folks see dollar signs, i mean for real, he could back his car out of a driveway and people would be pulling their cars up right behind the athletes in hopes of getting hit so they can get paid, use logic people, just because you hear something in the media does not necessarily make it true!

  33. riverhorsey says: Dec 4, 2011 12:08 AM

    McClain is out for the year, that’s his status.

  34. 7pints says: Dec 4, 2011 12:13 AM

    edmazeing1 can’t spell. And the attempt at grammar is ridiculous. Even his handle is misspelled. Ain’t dat rite, ed? Raiturd fans… you have to love them!

  35. mrpickled says: Dec 4, 2011 12:22 AM

    I wasn’t there but……..my best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw Romac pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it’s pretty serious.

  36. mcthompso says: Dec 4, 2011 12:28 AM

    Sounds like his impression on Hue was like his play on the field: just enough to get by. Which, unfortunately has been better than the MLB play The Raiders have gotten without him on past teams, and also this current one. Ho hum.

  37. ttommytom says: Dec 4, 2011 12:38 AM

    He’s lucky it happened in Alabama and not somewhere in the USA.

  38. oaktown49er says: Dec 4, 2011 12:38 AM

    slightlyhyphy says:Dec 3, 2011 8:36 PM

    Any coach would do the same thing. Especially considering he hasn’t been convicted of ANYTHING, why wouldn’t he play? Hell, I accuse Tom Brady of beating me up. Doesn’t mean it’s true, so why should Brady sit because of a simple allegation? C’mon people
    ——————————————————–

    I saw Tom Brady beat him up, it’s true…. No seriously just kidding…don’t sue…
    also be careful Brady plays the Broncos in a few weeks he needs to be out there

  39. mrflashy88 says: Dec 4, 2011 12:48 AM

    Let’s be real. A decision has been made, an announcement hasn’t.

  40. Stiller43 says: Dec 4, 2011 1:12 AM

    Hilarious. When ben got ACCUSED, not CHARGED with anything, all these people here are calling for him to miss the season at least.

    Now when mcclain gets CHARGED with 4 offenses, including holding a gun to someones head, the attitude is “ehhh, he hasnt been convicted of anything, let him play.

    You guys are funny.

  41. souldogdave says: Dec 4, 2011 1:19 AM

    Ro gets a pass until/unless he is convicted. He will play, and he better be good.

  42. raiders4life says: Dec 4, 2011 2:09 AM

    Might aswell use him now before he’s sentenced to 24-48 months behind bars.

  43. joetoronto says: Dec 4, 2011 5:44 AM

    kazwhopper says: Dec 3, 2011 8:41 PM

    If McClain is innocent as his attorney said that he asserts, than what does he have to be remorseful over?
    *************************************************
    For putting himself in that situation to begin with and then that friggin smile for the camera.

    Here’s another one, for being selfish and not getting back to the team asap.

  44. cbone2011 says: Dec 4, 2011 6:02 AM

    Love my raiders but that’s what happens when you give these KIDS millions of dollars they think there invisible.

  45. tatum064 says: Dec 4, 2011 6:16 AM

    txxxchief says:
    Dec 3, 2011 9:50 PM
    I wonder if his bail allows him to travel out of Alabama. It would be fun to see a couple of Alabama’s finest collect him from the field during the game.
    ======================
    The only thing they’ll be collecting is his AUTOGRAPH for helping the Tide to a National Title. Why the heck do you think it was a 2,000 dollar bail?

    This is Alabama, not N.Y. – they probably said, give the Dolphins, hell pal when he left (we’ll be in touch).

    If he met was talked to by Hue Jackson on Saturday, obviously he traveled out of Alabama *eyes roll*

  46. r8drbehindenemylines says: Dec 4, 2011 6:57 AM

    txxxchief says:
    Dec 3, 2011 9:50 PM
    I wonder if his bail allows him to travel out of Alabama. It would be fun to see a couple of Alabama’s finest collect him from the field during the game.

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    You’re mouthing off again, loser!? Innocent until proven guilty. You know like what happened to Bam Morris, Tamerick Vanover. Oh, wait….they were convicted of felonies. McClain’s been charged with misdemeanors. You know like your Queefs Bill Maas, Larry Johnson, Andre “Brock Middlebrook” Rison.

  47. hauntedspawn says: Dec 4, 2011 8:55 AM

    And yet Suh gets suspended immediately,,,while 2 players who get arrested are allowed to play this week? Somehow they find time to tell Suh twice this week he can’t play, but can’t find time for anyone else. Go back and see if you can find any current Lions player, not president, being arrested in the past 3 years.

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