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Rolando McClain case is ridiculous and all about money, lawyer says

Rolando McClain AP

Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain will get a new trial in front of a jury after an Alabama judge found him guilty of four misdemeanors and sentenced him to 180 days in jail, and McClain’s lawyer says the jury trial will show that no charges ever should have been brought against McClain in the first place.

“This is meaningless,” attorney Harvey Steinberg told the Huntsville Times of the verdict in the trial before the judge. “We get a jury trial. Most lawyers say let’s stipulate and start all over. I wanted to put this on so we could show how ridiculous this entire situation is. 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 criminal. He certainly didn’t do anything wrong. This was the only procedure we had to follow other than doing the stipulation so we could get a trial to a jury. By doing it this way, we wanted to put out there the fact that this is a case we would humbly suggest is much ado about nothing.”

McClain didn’t say anything, either at the trial or to reporters covering his trial, to explain how it is that a situation in which he did little if anything wrong led to a judge convicting him of third-degree assault, reckless endangerment, menacing, and unlawful discharge of a firearm. But Steinberg suggested that the man who accused McClain of pulling a gun and shooting it near his head was motivated by trying to get his hands on McClain’s money.

“Money perhaps is the root of all evil,” Steinberg said in court. “It’s what this case is all about.”

The case will also be about money to McClain — as in how much he’ll lose from a likely suspension if he’s convicted at the jury trial.

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30 Responses to “Rolando McClain case is ridiculous and all about money, lawyer says”
  1. 2sloweggroll says: May 18, 2012 1:30 PM

    “Money perhaps is the root of all evil,” Steinberg said in court. “It’s what this case is all about.”

    Well money is the reason we have lawyers

  2. joetoronto says: May 18, 2012 1:32 PM

    What’s ridiculous was the smile this dirt bag had on his face while being arrested.

    The way he left the team for “personal reasons” and then gets busted for acting like he’s still in the hood, THAT’S “ridiculous.”

  3. gln9213 says: May 18, 2012 1:39 PM

    I am pretty sure Reggie McKenzie is not to happy about this…..he has to be looking for a way to cut this moron! The guy has been a bust anyway…

  4. mullman7675 says: May 18, 2012 1:41 PM

    The guy (co-defendant) told the police/District Attorney what they wanted to hear in return for a reduced sentence. These are perfect opportunities for DAs to shine the spotlight on themselves for a little while.

    I’m looking forward to McClain getting back to focusing on playing MLB for the RAIDERS. Big Reg drafted a MLB in the 4th rd, Miles Burris. However, in the end, McClain could be expendable.

  5. jacksaysfu says: May 18, 2012 1:43 PM

    Mcclain is no gangster . He needs to stop acting like it , he can’t even stop his best friend from snitching !

  6. humb0lt says: May 18, 2012 1:50 PM

    The Raiders two most recent first-round picks – both top 10 draft choices – have made headlines in the past week for being lawbreakers. What does that say about the organization?

  7. ssmraiders says: May 18, 2012 1:55 PM

    2 words for all you dummies who are saying McClain needs to be let go, RAY LEWIS! Same type of issue as McClain except McClain didnt kill anyone. Also if McClain sees the inside of a jail its wild. Stallworth and Lewis both never saw the inside, and what they did was 100000 times worse. McClain is an animal and Reggie knows it. McClain will walk free and dominant.

  8. blacknole08 says: May 18, 2012 1:58 PM

    There could be some merit to what McClain’s lawyer is saying. After all, his co-defendant did snitch on him for a reduced sentence. Had he not taken a plea deal, McClain probably would’ve gotten off. I’m not saying he is innocent or guilty, I honestly don’t know. But he should get a trial by jury so all the unbiased facts can come out.

  9. tdk24 says: May 18, 2012 2:02 PM

    You know what they say about snitches?

  10. thingamajig says: May 18, 2012 2:02 PM

    My guess is shortly before trail McClain and his trusty lawyer will plead guilty to lesser charges.

  11. tfavrat says: May 18, 2012 2:18 PM

    The Raiders two most recent first-round picks – both top 10 draft choices – have made headlines in the past week for being lawbreakers. What does that say about the organization?

    ———————————————-

    It says that you need to read more…you realize that the “organization” you’re referring to doesn’t exist any more? Do the words “Al Davis passed away” or “Reggie McKenzie named new GM” ring a bell?

  12. therealraiderduck says: May 18, 2012 2:26 PM

    McClain’s proven to be the next Brian Bosworth: a good college linebacker on a great college defense who fooled everyone into thinking he was the Next Great NFL Linebacker.

    Wrong.

  13. frankiemontana says: May 18, 2012 2:29 PM

    as I stated yesterday they had the snitch on another charge and they said testify against McClain we will make the other charge dissapear and will give you 90 days in the hole,now all you Raider Haters can come out and play,
    Frankie Montana representing the Raider Nation from Beautiful Montana

  14. justwinbaby4life says: May 18, 2012 2:30 PM

    All of you calling him a bust are ridiculous. Its only been 2 years. Not all LBs are like Miller.

    These convictions are just stupid. Trial didn’t include a jury, just one person’s opinion.

    Could you imagine a trial on the comments section where the first person to comment decides your fate? Crazy!

    Reggie should discipline him not release him. If you want a new culture you have to make a statement. Players have personalities and do some stupid things but its the Organization’s duty to instill their values on the employees.

    Can you imagine Ray Lewis being kicked out? Just because a person makes a mistake doesn’t mean they can’t correct it.

  15. therealraiderduck says: May 18, 2012 2:32 PM

    blacknole08 says:
    May 18, 2012 1:58 PM
    There could be some merit to what McClain’s lawyer is saying. After all, his co-defendant did snitch on him for a reduced sentence. Had he not taken a plea deal, McClain probably would’ve gotten off. I’m not saying he is innocent or guilty, I honestly don’t know. But he should get a trial by jury so all the unbiased facts can come out.

    =============================

    The judge stated he didn’t even call Jadarious whathisface to the stand, and instead relied on the testimony of a neighbor across the street who saw McBosworth fire the gun.

  16. ch8878 says: May 18, 2012 2:41 PM

    What the US legal system and government is corrupt sounds like I hear more of this each and everyday.

  17. nflofficeadmin says: May 18, 2012 2:41 PM

    You can tell just by this guy’s physique that he is not serious about being the best player he can be. Shouldn’t you look like, ya know, you lift weights. (The flip side of that speaks to God given ability being wasted.)

    Hopefully, Reggie can get him to fly right.

  18. wetpaperbag3 says: May 18, 2012 2:45 PM

    mullman7675 says: May 18, 2012 1:41 PM

    The guy (co-defendant) told the police/District Attorney what they wanted to hear in return for a reduced sentence. These are perfect opportunities for DAs to shine the spotlight on themselves for a little while.

    I’m looking forward to McClain getting back to focusing on playing MLB for the RAIDERS. Big Reg drafted a MLB in the 4th rd, Miles Burris. However, in the end, McClain could be expendable.
    =================================

    I was with you right up until the Miles Burris reference.

    Miles Burris was NOT drafted to replace Rolando McClain and Miles Burris was NOT a MLB nor is he being asked to play MLB. Miles Burris is an OLB from a 3-4 defense at SDSU. He will likely be playing WLB in the 4-3 and OLB in the 3-4.

  19. radrntn says: May 18, 2012 2:50 PM

    well we can all be grateful that we are entitled to a fair and speedy trial by jury…..some of these judges out here are true nimwits….almost as funny as NFL.com saying that the video shows Rolondo McClain attacking the victim….maybe McClain should look into a defamation suit himself.

  20. therealraiderduck says: May 18, 2012 2:52 PM

    wetpaperbag3 says:
    May 18, 2012 2:45 PM

    Miles Burris was NOT drafted to replace Rolando McClain and Miles Burris was NOT a MLB nor is he being asked to play MLB. Miles Burris is an OLB from a 3-4 defense at SDSU. He will likely be playing WLB in the 4-3 and OLB in the 3-4.

    ===================================

    If Burris is good enough to start as a rookie, it’s more likely Curry would be moved inside to MLB, unless Travis Goethel or 7th-rounder Nathan Stupar can grab the job.

  21. wetpaperbag3 says: May 18, 2012 3:05 PM

    @therealraiderduck: If Burris is good enough to start, he will be the WLB in the 4-3 or the OLB in the 3-4. Speed LB’s are best suited for the weakside. Goethel will likely be bumped up to the starting MLB.

    Stupar, if he makes the team, will likely be backup OLB or maybe ILB (both in the 3-4). If he moves to the middle, he’ll likely backup Goethel.

    Again, you want your fastest LB’s on the outside/weakside. And remember, the Raiders are going to a hybrid 3-4…even possible 5-2 in some cases.

  22. therealraiderduck says: May 18, 2012 3:12 PM

    @wetpaperbag3: ITA about Burris on the outside. That would leave Curry free to move to the middle; as long as he’s not asked to drop into coverage, he’d be fine.

  23. starvingardens says: May 18, 2012 3:57 PM

    Man this boy is dumb. If it’s true that this guy was just trying to get some money from McClain, why the hell would the dude even put himself in the type of situation he was involved in.? Just plain stupid. Regardless on what happens to him, his actions were detrimental to both the Raiders as well as the NFL. So what ever severe ruling is done by the commish would be justified.

    I mean c’mon… Put a gun near a guys head and pulled the trigger to scare him??? A person of McClain’s position should be no where around this type of trouble, let alone holding and firing a gun off. no matter what the situation was.

  24. mullman7675 says: May 18, 2012 4:15 PM

    @wetpaperbag3: My bad, thanks for the clarification.

    @humbolt: Petty cheapshot, but to be expected from a chargers fan.
    Stick to your annual Championship predictions…

  25. granadafan says: May 18, 2012 4:26 PM

    “tfavrat says: May 18, 2012 2:18 PM
    It says that you need to read more…you realize that the “organization” you’re referring to doesn’t exist any more? Do the words “Al Davis passed away” or “Reggie McKenzie named new GM” ring a bell?”
    ================================================

    Well, let’s see here, Mark Davis owns the team, not Reggie McKenzie, and from all reports, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree when it comes to the Davis family.

  26. a1skee says: May 18, 2012 5:47 PM

    Does no one remember his SUV getting shot up? It seems as if he made himself a target in his hometown. Judging by his actions and temper, i could see why he would have enemies and why his own friends would turn on him. (the victim USED to be his friend and the condefendant snitched..) He did settle a case where he ran somebody over and got sued… He knocked out Sproles a much smaller RB and saluted after…he body slammed Amendola who he knows wouldnt have fought back..i wouldnt call this being young and naive..he knows what hes doing and has a me against the world attitude..somewhere down the line it wont end right..And im a season ticket holding Raider fan. If we keep him- keep him on bench and see if hed humbled..otherwise- end his career now.

  27. raiderapologist says: May 18, 2012 9:07 PM

    humb0lt says: May 18, 2012 1:50 PM

    The Raiders two most recent first-round picks – both top 10 draft choices – have made headlines in the past week for being lawbreakers. What does that say about the organization?

    It says more about you than it does about the Raiders. You talk like a campaign manager, not a football fan.

  28. ceo4eva says: May 18, 2012 10:08 PM

    honestly haven been experienced the southern life its very possible old cousins are tryna make bank.. you can clearly tell from his draft day video this guy is harmless off the field..

  29. 90210g says: May 19, 2012 1:48 PM

    Punk picks on small dudes! I will beat the $hiznit out of him if he ever tried to sucker punch me! McLAME pick on dudes your own size like me! Why don’t you go as hard on the field like just like how you went off on that little fool? Your a PUNK! Just pray you don’t run across people like myself because you will get what you deserve! Oooh your nothing but a BUST and will never live up to your hype punkazzmf!

  30. 90210g says: May 19, 2012 2:10 PM

    honestly haven been experienced the southern life its very possible old cousins are tryna make bank.. you can clearly tell from his draft day video this guy is harmless off the field

    Harmless? Well I guess if your not giving him your back or as big or bigger yeah harmless! Smaller ? yeah, he’ll go to town with you!

    Me= either giving him my back , tipsy, or if he has a pair I’m at Black House training facility!

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