Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested on Thursday night for firing a gun during a fight in his hometown in Alabama. McClain was charged with assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and firing a gun inside the city limits.
CBS reports that McClain allegedly held a gun to a man’s head then fired it next to the man’s ear.
Police said in a statement:
“The victim told officers that following the fight, he crawled to his car. He said that when he reached his car, Rolando McClain produced a pistol and aimed it at him. He said that while he was still on the ground, McClain walked over to him and put the gun to his head…” The victim ” begged McClain not to shoot him… McClain took the gun away from his head, held it next to his ear and fired it.”
According to USA Today, McClain signed a five-year $40 million contract with the Raiders in 2010. He was released on $2000 bond.
Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson initially said that he expected McClain to play on Sunday, but after learning more details about the incident he may have changed his mind. Jackson said:
“I’m disturbed by everything. Anything that hurts this organization or hurts this football team and what we talk about and what we’re trying to become, I’m very disturbed by it… I have 52 other players that are doing things the right way and doing things as I see they should be doing it and we’re getting ready to play a game. I will deal with Rolando when that time comes.”
USA Today reports that McClain hasn’t practiced with the team since Tuesday. He was in Alabama for his grandfather’s funeral at the time of his arrest.
McClain is currently listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.
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