Authorities say Rolando McClain house fire was arson

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The fire that destroyed Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain’s Alabama home was an arson, authorities say.

An Alabama state fire marshal released a statement saying that investigators have determined that the fire was “intentionally set.”

The fire burned McClain’s six-bedroom home to the ground on December 22, and authorities initially termed the fire “suspicious.” An investigation is ongoing, but no suspects have been identified.

McClain was attempting to sell the home at the time of the fire. It was insured for $1.5 million.

86 responses to “Authorities say Rolando McClain house fire was arson

  1. I didn’t know he was trying to sell the house went it went up a blaze. I’m pretty sure he’s a suspect and that’s not good for his FA market value at all.

  2. I don’t want to admit to anything here, or point the finger but I mean… Facts are facts… the guy has a troubled past, house for sale, then burns down due to arson?

    He might have nothing to do with it, but he still looks guilty as of now.

    1.5Million dollars is alot to gain from a quick fire.

  3. I don’t think McClain did this. He lost a good chunk of his life in that fire and he had turned the corner. My best guess is he was trying to get out of Alabama and move to Texas. Probably an angry friend of family member who was cut off by McClain.

  4. brownstown6586 says:
    Feb 14, 2015 9:13 AM
    This is just sad. Just when you think he’s about to turn he corner, he does this… Probably.

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    Did you even read the article? It says no suspects identified.

  5. If the house had nothing in it and had been on the market for a while, it looks like he would be the prime suspect.
    But, hopefully he had enough sense to leave it furnished and had the usual items in place {photo albums, trophies, mementos, that sort of stuff}. That way it was appealing to a prospective buyer looking for a family home.
    On the flip side, if he paid a crackhead to torch his place, then he’d better hope like hell said crackhead doesn’t start running their mouth!

  6. Just because he has a troubled past doesn’t mean he burnt his house down. This happened the day before the Cowboys played the Colts, you can’t tell me he burned his house down, flew to Dallas and played a game the next day.

  7. Connect the dots people……..who do you think is the No.1 suspect? This investigation will be the standard “follow the money”.

  8. ryann252013 says:
    Feb 14, 2015 9:35 AM
    Just because he has a troubled past doesn’t mean he burnt his house down. This happened the day before the Cowboys played the Colts, you can’t tell me he burned his house down, flew to Dallas and played a game the next day.
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    Seriously???????? The thought that he more than likely hired someone to burn it down never entered your mind???

  9. This shouldn’t take long. There’s a very short list for who would benefit from burning Rolando McClain’s house down. I’m sure he was dumb enough to send a text about it.

  10. The house was vacant at the time of the fire, and he’d been trying to sell it for 6 months with no interest. Does not look good for him.

  11. @jeffmage

    ” I have not been this surprised since Leron Landry turned up positive for PEDs”

    Whoa….
    I too, am still reeling from that revelation.
    .

  12. Saying publicly that no suspects have been identified does not mean that no suspects have been identified. Isn’t the first suspect always the person that gains the most from the crime? Who gets $1.5 million when Rolando’s house burns down? Rolando does. There’s your suspect. Now he not only won’t get the money, but he still has the loan to the bank to cover. They’re not going to forget about their money because he torched his house. Moron.

  13. All you people on here are sick. The man is not even a suspect and you people are convicting and hanging the man for something he most likely did not do. McClain was most likely no where near Alabama when this happened. The Cowboys played the Colts the day before and McClain would have been in Dallas preparing for the next game.

  14. Watch out you might get what you’re after
    Cool baby strange but not a stranger
    I’m an ordinary guy
    Burning down the house

    Hold tight wait till the party’s over
    Hold tight we’re in for nasty weather
    There has got to be a way
    Burning down the house

    Absolutely fantastic to dance to in ’83. Thanks for the memory.

  15. Wake Up America! says:

    All you people on here are sick. The man is not even a suspect and you people are convicting and hanging the man for something he most likely did not do. McClain was most likely no where near Alabama when this happened. The Cowboys played the Colts the day before and McClain would have been in Dallas preparing for the next game.

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    So, in your opinion, the more likely scenario is that some random guy set McClain’s house on fire just for giggles? That is much more plausible than a guy who will get $1,500,000 if his house went up in flames to pay someone to set his house up in flames? Common sense makes Rolando the prime suspect, whether they’re saying it or not. Law enforcement will always look at the person who has something to gain from the situation. And of course he was out of town. If I was going to have my place lit up I’d make sure I had an alibi too.

  16. I don’t think McClain did this. He lost a good chunk of his life in that fire and he had turned the corner. My best guess is he was trying to get out of Alabama and move to Texas. Probably an angry friend of family member who was cut off by McClain.

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    Hi, I’m here to sell you a lifetime membership to Ms. Cleo.

  17. karmathaitch says:
    Feb 14, 2015 9:22 AM
    Did not realize he was a Goodfella.
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    Make no mistake about it, he’s NOT a “Goodfella.”

    What he is though is a complete and total moron and I can’t believe there’s anybody here who really doesn’t think he burned his house down.

  18. If MaClain was not making money and would be either resigned with the Cowboys or another team, then I MIGHT think that he did it. But the truth is his career is now on track. He played well enough for the Cowboys that there will be interest in signing him. This fire is not about MaClain trying to get money out of a house fire but about revenge from one of the people that he cut ties with in Alabama. And I am a Ravens fan that has a hard time thinking positively about him since he bailed out on us twice.

  19. For those of you who think McClain would get the $1.5 million, he would not…unless he owned the house outright. The mortgage holder could get the money, or the money goes to the cost of rebuilding it, with lots of oversight by the insurance company and mortgage holder. This does not mean he had no incentive. He was still stuck with mortgage payments on a house he didn’t live in and had been unable to sell. There is incentive and he is the #1 suspect

  20. Rolandogate ! I know, I know, it gets boring listening to all the conspiracy theories that abound this year. You hear the one about the Dolphins getting all of Brady’s signals before the 2006 game. The players even admitted it, Fins 26 Pats 0.

  21. As much as I despise McClain, I don’t think he did it. Maybe one of his enemies or so called “homies” did it

  22. “Any time you try a decent crime, you got fifty ways you’re gonna mess up. If you think of twenty-five of them, then you’re a genius… and you ain’t no genius.”
    — Teddy Lewis in “Body Heat”

  23. alshonbrandontandem says:
    Feb 14, 2015 9:30 AM
    A criminal on the Cowboys? No it can’t be true.
    SMH.

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    …………………………………………………………..

    Here is the full list of NFL teams, with their number of players being arrested, cited and/or charged since 1999, according to USA TODAY:
    Houston Texans 11
    St. Louis Rams 12
    Arizona Cardinals 13
    Dallas Cowboys 14
    New York Giants 14
    Philadelphia Eagles 14
    New England Patriots 15
    New York Jets 15
    Detroit Lions 17
    Green Bay Packers 17
    Atlanta Falcons 18
    Buffalo Bills 18
    Carolina Panthers 19
    Oakland Raiders 19
    San Francisco 49ers 19
    New Orleans Saints 20
    Washington Redskins 20
    Pittsburgh Steelers 21
    Seattle Seahawks 22
    Baltimore Ravens 23
    Indianapolis Colts 24
    San Diego Chargers 26
    Chicago Bears 28
    Cleveland Browns 28
    Miami Dolphins 28
    Kansas City Chiefs 30
    Jacksonville Jaguars 31
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32
    Tennessee Titans 33
    Denver Broncos 40
    Cincinnati Bengals 43
    Minnesota Vikings 46

    Don’t let facts get in the way though

  24. What is the gain for the owner? He still owes X on the house, insurance will rebuild it back to spec and he’ll be right in the same place he was. The gain is he has a brand new house vs a used house for sale, which is a bit nicer but I don’t really see the gain and to really put yourself through something like this after all he’s been through? I’m going with someone he had hung around in the past doesn’t like him.

  25. Wow the vikings sure are a stain on the NFL with the character issues.

    It’s not a stretch to believe McClain was complicit in this somehow.

  26. What would McClain gain from burning down his house? He doesn’t get a check for 1.5 million, he has to rebuild the house with the insurance money and rebuild it on the same lot as the other house was on. If it were as easy as some of you think, houses would have been ashes all over the country in 2008 and 2009.

    I guess I shouldn’t say he didn’t do it. There are some stupid people walking around this planet. But, there is no money in burning down your house.

  27. $1.5m does seem like a lot for Alabama, except the insurance likely includes coverage for the contents inside the house. Question really is how much did he owe on his mortgage?

  28. Once I had a clothing store
    Business, it was bad
    Asked my uncle Louie what to do, this is what he said:

    Take a can of gasoline, spread it on the floor
    Take a match,
    Make a scratch,
    No more clothing store.

  29. thejuddstir says:
    Feb 14, 2015 9:40 AM
    Connect the dots people……..who do you think is the No.1 suspect? This investigation will be the standard “follow the money”.

    Money eh? So you’re saying Goodell and his $44 mil per year salary might have done this? Just kidding! Could you imagine if Goodell, desperate for a public PR boost, goes out and burns down a player’s house just so he can say “uh lol you’re now suspended cause someone *smirks* suddenly turned your house into a pile of ashes.” Sounds just about as sensible as other things Goodell has done as commissioner.

  30. ickeywoods says:
    Feb 14, 2015 11:36 AM
    Was he dating Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez?

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    Well considering she’s dead I would have to say no….real original and witty humor though

  31. What is the gain for the owner? He still owes X on the house, insurance will rebuild it back to spec and he’ll be right in the same place he was. The gain is he has a brand new house vs a used house for sale, which is a bit nicer but I don’t really see the gain and to really put yourself through something like this after all he’s been through? I’m going with someone he had hung around in the past doesn’t like him.
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    Or………..maybe he could just use the insurance money to pay off the balance of the loan on the house and walk away, like he wanted to do by selling it……

  32. I see a lot of homeschool armchair fire marshalls here and yet you all have NO clue what happen. How you all let the pros handle this one. And you stick with something you know, which it’s nothing. I’m sure you all was there and seen what happen. NOT.

  33. The police department does not have a clue who was at fault or they would have stated they had a Suspect.

    Stop connecting the dots people because if yall were so good at it they would have already asked for your assistance.

  34. Rolando McClain isn’t a suspect because they know obviously he couldn’t have done it himself being in Texas at the time. Before they can even prove he was involved they first have to find the suspect ( the one who did it just to clarify for the morons on here) then find out if the suspect was paid by Rolando McClain or if McClain agreed to pay him when he got the insurance money. Only then can police legitimately throw McClain’s name in as being involved in any wrongdoing so lets not start acting like we’ve all got this solved playing detective from our keyboards people. I’m not saying he’s not involved and I’m not saying he is because just like all of y’all I don’t know.

  35. Everyone can believe what they want, one way or another. But ultimately it’s all about what can be proven. I have a feeling nothing happens to him regardless of what the truth might be

  36. I’m pretty sure arson = no insurance payout…..
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    Only if you’re convicted of bring involved in the arson.

  37. When a house burns to the ground because of arson, the owner of the house is always going to be a suspect because in almost all cases the house is insured for far more than what it is worth. More often than not, a house is insured for replacement value. In many states, it’s required. Replacement value is almost always more than what the fair market value is.

    When a house is for sale and has been for awhile, that only casts more suspicion on the owner. I’m not going to speculate as to whether McClain was involved, but I can guarantee you he will be thoroughly investigated.

  38. “Or………..maybe he could just use the insurance money to pay off the balance of the loan on the house and walk away, like he wanted to do by selling it……”

    That is not how it works, as someone said above, you would have had 1/2 the country burn down in 2008/9.

    And insurance does pay for arson. If the owner does it, he goes to jail, the house is rebuilt and sold. If someone else does it, the house is rebuilt for the owner.

  39. goldbloodedindfw says:
    Feb 14, 2015 9:24 AM
    That house went up in flames much like the cowboys super bowl aspirations on that fateful afternoon in Green Bay when Dez failed to catch that pass.
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    Chargers fan here, no dog in your DAL/SF fight…

    But I’d rather have Brokeback Romo over your absolute failure of a QB anyday.

    Speaking of “up in flames”, remember your week 16, 4th quarter collapse against the Chargers? That was epically embarrassing.

    Oh, and that “home game” you had versus the Raiders was pretty funny too!

  40. Maybe he did or maybe he didn’t have something to do with it burning down but the people that think he’s gonna get 1.5 million because the house burned down are a little misguided. He’s trying to sell it for 1.5 million that doesn’t mean it’s insured for that amount. Also there may be the matter of a mortgage company getting what’s owed to them before the home owner gets any money. Use your brains not your preconceived notions people!

  41. xtutx says:
    Feb 14, 2015 2:16 PM
    “Or………..maybe he could just use the insurance money to pay off the balance of the loan on the house and walk away, like he wanted to do by selling it……”

    That is not how it works, as someone said above, you would have had 1/2 the country burn down in 2008/9.

    And insurance does pay for arson. If the owner does it, he goes to jail, the house is rebuilt and sold. If someone else does it, the house is rebuilt for the owner.
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    The loan is secured by the real estate. If the house burns down the insurance company has a claim on the insurance proceeds and the remaining real estate, to the extent they are still owed money.

    The banksters get paid.

    McClain may keep the difference if there is any for personal objects in the home that burned.

    My guess is he was fed up making the payments and couldn’t sell the monstrosity, probably due to an over abundance of leopard print wall paper and purple fixtures.

  42. He should be able to avoid the criminal charges – It’s ‘Bama, the klan did it – but McClain shouldn’t hold his breath waiting for the insurance money.

  43. ebdug says: Feb 14, 2015 3:48 PM

    He should be able to avoid the criminal charges – It’s ‘Bama, the klan did it – but McClain shouldn’t hold his breath waiting for the insurance money.
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    Doubtful. Insurers work with police and are almost always to figure these kind of things out. If McClain did it, they’ll know and he’ll be looking at jail time– insurance fraud does not mess around.

  44. thirdistheworrd says:
    Feb 14, 2015 5:01 PM
    ebdug says: Feb 14, 2015 3:48 PM

    He should be able to avoid the criminal charges – It’s ‘Bama, the klan did it – but McClain shouldn’t hold his breath waiting for the insurance money.
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    Doubtful. Insurers work with police and are almost always to figure these kind of things out. If McClain did it, they’ll know and he’ll be looking at jail time– insurance fraud does not mess around.
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    Tell that to the diner across the street from my place that has mysteriously gone up in flames 5 times in 20 years…

  45. The Ravens get the Cowboy’s number 6 pick. That’s already been decided. The fire has nothing to do with that.

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