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McClain likely will play for Raiders today

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Raiders coach Hue Jackson (pictured doing his best Gene Simmons impersonation) has not decided — or, if he has, he hasn’t publicly indicated — whether middle linebacker Rolando McClain will play on Sunday, three days after being arrested on multiple charges in Alabama arising from allegations that he stuck a gun in someone’s face before pulling it away and firing it near the man’s ear.

Per a league source, it’s believed that McClain will indeed play when the Raiders face the Dolphins.

Fueling that belief is the reality that the Raiders’ preliminary investigation has uncovered information that contradicts the allegations against McClain.  Although Jackson has expressed frustration with McClain and indicated that McClain was “remorseful” when the player and the coach met on Saturday, those feelings relate to the fact that McClain allowed himself to be in a situation that gave rise to the allegations.  With the team determining that, for now, the allegations are not substantiated, the team may not be inclined to take action against McClain.

Of course, McClain could be benched for a series or two as punishment for allowing himself to be in a bad situation.

Again, it’s fair to wonder whether and to what extent the situation would be handled differently if McClain occupied one of the positions that constantly churn at the bottom of the 53-man roster.  We’ll defer that analysis until it happens.  As to McClain, expect to see him in uniform and on the field.

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37 Responses to “McClain likely will play for Raiders today”
  1. edmazeing1 says: Dec 4, 2011 8:21 AM

    lets get it Death Ro u owe me 2sacks, 3 qbs rush, 1 int, 6tkl.. Play hard as hell today man!!!

  2. upyoursnfu says: Dec 4, 2011 8:25 AM

    I am sure its a big mix up….a case of mistaken identity

  3. jc1958cool says: Dec 4, 2011 8:28 AM

    dolphins hope he’s not packing! lol

  4. grizzlyfox says: Dec 4, 2011 8:39 AM

    By Raiders investigation do they mean how McClain explained the situation to them?

  5. i3addog says: Dec 4, 2011 8:41 AM

    What’s the common thread when it comes to gun violence with NFL players ?

  6. howiefeltersnatch says: Dec 4, 2011 8:47 AM

    I never quite understood how benching a player for a series or two makes any kind of statement, other than their ‘games started’ stat being one less on profootballreference.com. It’s silly and ineffecive.

  7. howiefeltersnatch says: Dec 4, 2011 8:48 AM

    It’s like me being told not to come into work on Monday until 10AM.

  8. 1captain1 says: Dec 4, 2011 8:49 AM

    Awesome!

    He’s still no Ray Lewis or OJ who did a “two-fer”

  9. 1captain1 says: Dec 4, 2011 8:51 AM

    This is all alleged.

    Innocent until proven guilty.

    Workplaces can be sued if employees are suspended without cause.

  10. tatum064 says: Dec 4, 2011 8:54 AM

    all this…and he’s already on a bad ankle….what a week for McClain..

  11. rcotner says: Dec 4, 2011 8:54 AM

    “With the team determining that, for now, the allegations are not substantiated, the team may not be inclined to take action against McClain.

    Of course, McClain could be benched for a series or two as punishment for allowing himself to be in a bad situation.

    Again, it’s fair to wonder whether and to what extent the situation would be handled differently if McClain occupied one of the positions that constantly churn at the bottom of the 53-man roster. ”

    So even though the allegations are indeed not substantiated, you – echoing the court of public opinion – want to see him punished for being in a bad situation?

    Generally, one shows up to family funerals. McClain was at a family funeral in his hometown, the same place where his vehicle was shot at only several months ago.

    Thus, it’s hard to blame him for being ‘in that situation’ when the allegations are not necessarily true, and not really ‘fair’ to speculate on starter treatment at this stage in the investigation.

  12. gb4mn0 says: Dec 4, 2011 9:01 AM

    I’m posting here just to remind everyone that Timmy goes to the metrodump today to Tebow MN and keep the vikequeens on pace for the worse record in franchise history. GO Tebow!

  13. jimmysee says: Dec 4, 2011 9:01 AM

    Allegations not substantiated.

    Alabama justice in action?

  14. bunjy96 says: Dec 4, 2011 9:02 AM

    howiefeltersnatch says: Dec 4, 2011 8:47 AM

    I never quite understood how benching a player for a series or two makes any kind of statement, other than their ‘games started’ stat being one less on profootballreference.com. It’s silly and ineffecive.

    **

    Agree its silly and ineffective unless # of starts affects his contract.

  15. techvet says: Dec 4, 2011 9:07 AM

    As punishment, McClain will be benched by Jackson whenever the Raider offense or special teams group is on the field.

  16. 700levelvet says: Dec 4, 2011 9:07 AM

    Tebow!!!!!!

  17. trbowman says: Dec 4, 2011 9:08 AM

    “Fueling that belief is the reality that the Raiders’ preliminary investigation has uncovered information that contradicts the allegations against McClain. Although Jackson has expressed frustration with McClain and indicated that McClain was “remorseful” when the player and the coach met on Saturday,”

    Yeah, right.

  18. richm2256 says: Dec 4, 2011 9:10 AM

    What – exactly – does an NFL player have to do for his team to actually keep him off the field?

    I have seen players do some amazingly bad things,only to have the team look the other way.

  19. jobotjones says: Dec 4, 2011 9:22 AM

    This is all alleged.

    Innocent until proven guilty.

    Workplaces can be sued if employees are suspended without cause.
    __________________

    It’s different in the NFL, where players have been suspended for just being accused of things that making the league look bad. Pretty sure armed robbery falls into this category….

  20. otrd13 says: Dec 4, 2011 9:23 AM

    he was arrested for attempted murder. preliminary investigation=what mcclain says happened. this isnt like he got caught with a bag of weed. they can use any part of this story as grounds to suspend him until the whole story is unearthed. idk like firing a firearm not in self defense or at a range? or for that stupid ass smile after getting arrested. assuming he doesnt buy off the guy he shot at the truth will come quickly and you promptly cut his ass and take as much money from his contract as u possibly can. there is no other way to handle this situation and it can not be tolerated. the nfl shouldnt have to do a thing bc a respectable team should do the right thing and gladly leave his ass in bama.

  21. Stiller43 says: Dec 4, 2011 9:24 AM

    Ben ACCUSED with no evidence. 6 games reduced to 4.

    Mcclain CHARGED with 4 crimes and he’s playing immediately…stay classy nfl.

  22. dalucks says: Dec 4, 2011 9:24 AM

    That is the Raider Way.

  23. MPell says: Dec 4, 2011 9:26 AM

    I wonder how they’d handle it if they were 3-8 instead.

  24. raiderstotheship says: Dec 4, 2011 9:52 AM

    ya ben was ACCUSED…. 3 diffrent times… jackass.

  25. jgrange says: Dec 4, 2011 9:58 AM

    Ben was accused twice within a short amount of time and probably did a pay out to keep the girls quiet and happy. This is McClain’s first sort of trouble where he has been accused of doing something plus the “victim” has 3 different stories on the matter so far. Also, I believe Ben’s actions happened in a time where the league had time to look over the facts and delay a decision until the games started. During a season, they can’t do much about it until they get their facts. Do the math, Stiller.

  26. torturedraiderfan says: Dec 4, 2011 10:11 AM

    McClain did something stupid. That’s pretty commonplace in the NFL these days. Yes, starting players get treated differently then fringe players so it won’t be a shock if he starts. The Raiders are not acting differently than any other team. I think the NFL and the Raiders should impose a big fine on these payers because hitting them in the pocket is the only thing they understand. Most of these players are really young, really stupid and think they are above the law. They need to learn accountability, like the rest of the population.

  27. db105 says: Dec 4, 2011 10:42 AM

    @ torturedraiderfan
    Fines? As much as these players make the fines are laughable.

  28. whynotusecommonsense says: Dec 4, 2011 10:50 AM

    otrd13,
    Arrested for attempted murder? You might want to attempt some fact checking. Even in alabama attempted murder is a felony and people don’t get released on a $2,000 bond.

    Also, the last I checked teams aren’t allowed to suspend players for off the field issues. They can try, but the player can fight through the union. The nfl has to take action and they are doing the wise thing and waiting for all the facts to be revealed.

  29. melikefootball says: Dec 4, 2011 10:51 AM

    This is the NFL as we know it. As I remember reading it, Ben was not charged this McClain was ARRESTED. There is a difference in more ways than one.

  30. thetwilightsown says: Dec 4, 2011 11:02 AM

    Hahaha… leave it to Steeler fans to take this as an opportunity to cry about the persecution of Ben Rothelisburgerface.
    The only way this is even kind of related is if there are witnesses, multiple college girls, some sort of helmet-less motorcycle chase and… if Ro followed the whole thing up – after being reprimanded by Goodell – with an unpunished public urination on a golf course.
    Again… maybe we should wait until all the evidence is out on McClain before deciding his punishment… the real question is: While in Alabama, did he go golfing? There’s your lead, Detective Pitts!

  31. Gene Simmons Tongue says: Dec 4, 2011 11:04 AM

    GET BACK IN YOUR MOUTH, TONGUE!!!

    While it has nothing to do with this story…

    GO BRONCOS!!! AFC WEST IS YOURS TO TAKE!!!

  32. bwisnasky says: Dec 4, 2011 11:19 AM

    Gee.. I wrote almost the same exact article under the last topic for this situation… wonder if I can get journalist credit for that..

  33. dirtybird2020 says: Dec 4, 2011 11:27 AM

    Actually they can suspend him due to a personal conduct policy everyone has agreed too, and being in the situation alone qualifies him for the discipline! I say fine him 2 games and let him play, id rather have him sit personally but as a business and a coach why not make him work for free!!! Its sad that if someone else does it that is just a slot on roster he will get fired and most likely wont get rehired! You have to punish him to set the tone on big names and the whole locker room!!!

  34. aaronp2098 says: Dec 4, 2011 12:05 PM

    Really would have liked to see a second source linked about this…Just call me Not Sure when it comes to this “evidence”

  35. tdk24 says: Dec 4, 2011 12:13 PM

    He was just trying to get street cred like Ray Lewis. Ray had the slash and dash, Rolando has the gun and run. Look at what it did for Ray’s career. He’s only looking up to his idol.

  36. souldogdave says: Dec 4, 2011 12:55 PM

    It would’ve been quite simple for the police to administer a GSR test (gun shot residue) to see if he had shot a weapon. If they didn’t do that, then they are complete hick clowns. I suggest this is all bs.

  37. romoscollarbone says: Dec 4, 2011 1:42 PM

    I love how the NFL/Teams can investigate better than the normal police.

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