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Rolando McClain apologizes for “bad publicity”

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Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain met the media after Tuesday’s practice for the first time since he was sentenced to 180 days in prison last week.

Paul Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com reports that McClain read from a prepared script for 35 seconds and did not entertain any questions. Gutierrez also provided a transcript of the entire statement.

“I’m aware of the bad publicity that I’ve given the Raiders. After talking to Coach [Dennis] Allen, I have the support of the Raiders, my teammates, as well as the coaching staff. I apologize for the bad publicity that’s been put out there. But it is a legal process and I can’t talk much about it, but I think in due time the Raiders and the Raiders fans that are out there will see it all come to an end. It is what it is; I can’t really talk much about it but it will be resolved in the near future.”

After the sentencing, McClain’s lawyer said that he would ask for a jury trial, something McClain is entitled to, and expressed a lot of confidence that the verdict would be different the next time around. The Raiders haven’t said much, although Allen spoke a lot about off-field character when he first took the job.

Gutierrez and Tim Kawakami of the Contra Costa Times have both opined that the Raiders should move on from McClain. If his second trial turns out the same way as the first, that outcome would probably grow more likely.

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23 Responses to “Rolando McClain apologizes for “bad publicity””
  1. steviekthr3e says: May 22, 2012 5:49 PM

    Honestly if he wasn’t so terrible on the field I could care less. But he’s a walking liability.

  2. r8rsfan says: May 22, 2012 5:55 PM

    So he read a statement crafted by the team and added NOTHING himself. The only thing bigger than this guys ego is his sense of entitlement. Watching him on defense is like playing Where’s Waldo – sometimes you see him, sometimes you don’t. The best place to look though is about 5 or 10 yards behind the TE sprinting to the endzone.

  3. raider17 says: May 22, 2012 6:04 PM

    That tape was disgusting! I want him off the team!

    Al Davis Forever!!!
    Just Win Baby!!!

  4. lostsok says: May 22, 2012 6:16 PM

    As neither a Raider fan nor Raider Hater I still saw most of their games last year (best friend is a Raider fan, and I Dolphins). Like most objective people, I gave McClain the benefit of the doubt last season for his, and this is being generous, lackluster play. From coaching to being dinged up to not having ideal talent around him, I and my friend made one excuse after another.

    The reality now appears to be that McClain just…doesn’t really care. He plays as 1/2 speed all the time, because he already has his check.

    I wont be at all shocked if he’s off the roster by September. The team should know by then if he’s learned a lesson from all of this, or if he’s still coasting on his college reputation and first round draft status.

  5. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 22, 2012 6:21 PM

    So he apologized…for getting caught.

  6. txxxchief says: May 22, 2012 7:36 PM

    They must have some strange rules in the Alabama courts. How does one get convicted and sentenced by a judge, and then ask for a jury trial? Does one automatically get a “do over” in Alabama?

  7. thraiderskin says: May 22, 2012 9:12 PM

    No need for the apology McClain, enjoy the prison yard, because you will probably lose a trial. Moron…

  8. raiderapologist says: May 22, 2012 9:18 PM

    There is nothing to preclude him from apologizing for being a bum on the field. McKenzie could cut McClown today, use that 1.2M in cap space to hire some random, slow-footed linebacker, and nobody would notice the difference.

  9. cali49er707 says: May 22, 2012 9:31 PM

    dont feel bad rolando, raider nation officialy accepts you to the family now!!! RULE#1 to being a raider fan or player is u must serve jail time to be part of the nation, looks like DHB wasn’t to far behind you!!

  10. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: May 22, 2012 10:02 PM

    How is the tape disgusting in regards to him? He isn’t shown on the tape committing any of the crimes he is charged with. I am not saying he did or didn’t do it, but I will hold of judgement until a jury of his peers finds him
    guilty or not guilty. Guilty in the court of public opinion doesn’t always mean guilty in the court of law.

  11. tzoppi says: May 22, 2012 10:04 PM

    it’s “too” @cali49er707

  12. arlingtonsynn says: May 22, 2012 10:11 PM

    Nice statement….

    Why didn’t you just apologize for that guy’s head almost getting in the way of your gun.

  13. raiderapologist says: May 22, 2012 10:12 PM

    cali49er707 says: May 22, 2012 9:31 PM

    dont feel bad rolando, raider nation officialy accepts you to the family now!!! RULE#1 to being a raider fan or player is u must serve jail time to be part of the nation, looks like DHB wasn’t to far behind you!!

    “Behind you” is what the drunk Raider fan said to your mom less than a year before you were born.

  14. dannymac17 says: May 22, 2012 10:21 PM

    JoeToronto approves of this statement.

  15. pantherpro says: May 22, 2012 10:22 PM

    Warriors leaving Dumptown are the Raiders far behind??

  16. raideralex99 says: May 22, 2012 10:33 PM

    Good bye Roland … I would be very surprised if he is on the roster when the season start.

  17. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 22, 2012 11:57 PM

    So you read from a prepared script and that’s all you got? It is what it is? Great schooling you got there in Alabama, but I guess we all know now what an idiot you truly are Ruh ‘Ro.

    Raider fans have already moved on from this POS…notice how he didn’t include them in the ‘support’ he supposedly has from the team.

    Please cut him Reggie!

  18. rundmc20 says: May 23, 2012 12:10 AM

    @pantherpro

    Niners left that dump called Frisco we still have our team. And honestly who really cares about the Warriors.

  19. cali49er707 says: May 23, 2012 3:34 AM

    raiderapologist says:
    May 22, 2012 10:12 PM
    cali49er707 says: May 22, 2012 9:31 PM

    dont feel bad rolando, raider nation officialy accepts you to the family now!!! RULE#1 to being a raider fan or player is u must serve jail time to be part of the nation, looks like DHB wasn’t to far behind you!!

    “Behind you” is what the drunk Raider fan said to your mom less than a year before you were born.

    —————————— —————————— —-

    wtf you talking about you CLOWN??? i may be misunderstanding what your talking about but, if your trying to talk funny with that mom & dad stuff you are SO right about that, because my dad was a deadbeat and everything that im NOT!!!! its classy of you to take personal family shots, i wouldn’t expect anything less of you convicts, has-beens, and born losers which is something i fortunately did not inherit.

    and to the cool guy who suddenly became a english teacher, i graduated high school already so you can grade DEEZ N^T$!!!!

  20. joetoronto says: May 23, 2012 5:29 AM

    dannymac17 says: May 22, 2012 10:21 PM

    JoeToronto approves of this statement.
    *************************************************
    Actually, I’ve been saying from the get go to get rid of this POS, but whatever fits your agenda, loser.

    It’s good to know you’re always thinking of me though.

  21. joetoronto says: May 23, 2012 7:26 AM

    cali49er707:

    Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it on the rebound.

  22. radrntn says: May 23, 2012 12:25 PM

    lets get to the facts:

    Kawakami is a complete moron, and 100% a raider hater. He is about as bad as Nancy Gay. At least Ray Ratto can at the vey least be subjective. Guiterrez on the other hand is usually pretty vanilla, and never seems to rock the boat, but he is entitled to his opinion.

    For me the fact is, this kid went back to the ghetto for a funeral , hooked up with some of his old friends, and like the saying goes misery enjoys company….Birds of a fether flock together, and my suggestion to Rolondo is stay the flock out of the ghetto, and quit hanging with a bunch of dumb brothers who want to bring you down, and want your $$$$$.

    Fact is for the raiders they invested a first rd pick for the kid..keep inmind this was the sec defensive player of the year, the butkist, and lambert award winner etc….did he struggle as a rookie yes, did he struggle last year, fact is the entire d struggled under breshnahan. people want him to be a scapegoat…to me he is a first rd pick that the raiders need to develop. Hopefully coach allen can do just that, and utilize him in the right roles, which hopefully means he will not have to be 1 on 1against guys like megatron.

    Fact is “proof beyond a reasonable doubt” is need in the jury trial, and time will tell if the DA has that…..For me I hope Rolondo takes this to heart and can shut all of the people up who think he should be cut, by playing at the level he is expected to play at.

  23. radrntn says: May 23, 2012 2:25 PM

    cali49er707 says:
    May 23, 2012 3:34 AM
    its classy of you to take personal family shots, i wouldn’t expect anything less of you convicts, has-beens, and born losers which is something i fortunately did not inherit.
    ______________________________

    nope you just inherited some soft lips and knee pads. at least you have been putting them to good use.

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