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.