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Jackson plans on serious talk with McClain

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, December 2nd, 2011 at 12:37 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Middle linebacker Rolando McClain hasn’t been ruled out of Sunday’s game in Miami, but he can expect a serious conversation about his legal problems with head coach Hue Jackson.

“Here’s the bottom line. There’s a right way to do things and a wrong way to do things, and obviously there was something done wrong,’’ Jackson said following practice Friday. “So we’ll go and deal with that accordingly from there.’’

Jackson said McClain was not at the team facility but expected a face-to-face meeting in several hours. The Raiders boarded a charter for Miami following practice.

McClain was arrested and charged with third degree assault, reckless endangerment, meancing and discharging a firearm within city limits Wednesday in his hometown of Decatur, Ala., where he was attending the funeral of his grandfather.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the NFL will follow the legal process before making any determination on discipline for McClain.

“It will be reviewed under the league’s personal conduct policy we do not have an estimated timetable,’’ Aiello said in an e-mail Friday. “It is a legal matter and we will follow developments.’’

Decatur defense attorney Billy C. Burney told the Associated Press McClain did not fire a gun and gave the following statement: “Mr. McClain asserts his innocence. We are confident Mr. McClain will be cleared of all charges.’’

Jackson said he was not inclined to wait for either the NFL or the legal process before determining what was best for the Raiders.

“(I) have now gotten more information and can make a very informed decision on what I think is best for our team and I’ll do that in the next day or so,’’ Jackson said. “Obviously, there’s a situation that happened and I’ve had an opportunity to digest it all. The important thing is we focus on this game.

“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.’’

McClain was officially ruled as “questionable.’’ If McClain doesn’t play, Darryl Blackstock is next on the depth chart and would get playing time but defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan said there are other options in terms of aligments and packages if McClain doesn’t play.

Jackson said he is confident McClain’s issues will not be a distraction, and Raiders players echoed that sentiment.

“You can’t be affected by that,’’ quarterback Carson Palmer said. “You need to have your thoughts and prayers with he and his family at a tough time, but this team is 100 percent focused on the Miami Dolphins right now.’’

Said Raiders safety Tyvon Branch:

“We’ve got one game at the end of the week and that’s our focus for the week,’’ Branch said. “Whatever happens during that week, we have to channel that stuff out and take care of business on Sundays.’’

Although the accuser was not named by police, he was identified and quoted by the television station WAFF and the Decatur Daily news as Rishard Tapscott, 23.

McClain and Jerradius Willingham, who was charged with assault and released on a $500 bond, were high school basketball teammates Tapscott at Decatur High School.

In an interview with WAFF, Tapscott explained his side of the story.

“I went over there, it was basically like an ambush, like they set me up to fight, because as soon as I got there they all went outside and I was sitting in the house,’’ Tapscott said. “That’s when they came back in the house and they were like, `You’re going to have to fight, come back out and fight.’ I was like, `I ain’t fighting. I ain’t coming outside,’ and that’s when he came back in the house and assaulted me.’’

According to the police statement, Willingham initially fought with Tapscott, who then crawled to his car. It was at that point McClain allegedly put a gun to his head, with Tapscott begging for him not to shoot.

(Tapscott was referred to as the victim in the report, not by name).

It was then that McClain allegedly put a gun to his head, then pulled away and fired.

Jackson said he was disappointed McClain put himself in a bad situation.

“We’re not going to let one thing bring down what we’re accomplishing, by no stretch of the imagination,’’ Jackson said. “Am I disappointed? Yes, just like anything. You get disappointed in your kids. All these guys are like my sons. And when they make mistakes, there’s consequences and things you have to deal with.’’

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  • mcfadden20.

    That’s a big pay out I someone picks Colts n they somehow win straight up lol

  • StraitOutofComptonRaidr

    504 Raider Says:
    December 2nd, 2011 at 7:19 pm
    Chris in NY Says:
    December 2nd, 2011 at 7:13 pm
    Wow. Patriots are 20.5 favorites against the Colts this week. Can’t remember the last time I saw a line like that. Prob stay away from that one though. That’s a lot of points, but Colts have worst rated pass D in the league. Brady should eat them up, but that’s a big hill to climb to get out of spotting a team 20+ points.

    …………………………………
    Back when the Patriots had the undefeated season they would have the same line. Only ten times in the history of the NFL has their been that kind of spread.

  • TheToozFan55

    Denver may be awful but they find a way to win. Vikes won’t be able to stop them, so we better win or we’ll be out of first place. i agree tebow sucks, but………………

  • Chris in NY

    Patriots often covered those spreads as well that year. That team was ridiculous the first 12 or so weeks of that season. They slowed down late, but were obliterating teams early on. I was actually riding them with those big spreads and winning often that year.

  • TheToozFan55

    have to contain the penalties like we did last week and stop Moore from running. that will help. need heyward-bey to step up along with Louis Murphy and Boss!!

  • StraitOutofComptonRaidr

    I could see Pats easily winning 24-3…

  • hwnrdr

    I think Hue has the team focused and will have them focused for Sunday! Just saw that the team has landed in Miami…get some rest and get up early and have a walk through….I believe the team knows that the time is now! Hopefully we keep our road record going strong at 5-1!

  • StraitOutofComptonRaidr

    TheToozFan55 Says:
    December 2nd, 2011 at 7:34 pm
    have to contain the penalties like we did last week and stop Moore from running. that will help. need heyward-bey to step up along with Louis Murphy and Boss!!

    …………………………………………..
    I always like to see the Tight end get some love. I’ve been waiting and been anxious to see Boss Man have a break out game.

  • Chris in NY

    24
    24
    31
    21
    17
    21
    21
    45
    4*
    46

    Those were the margins of victory for the Patriots in their first 10 games that season. The one 4-point win was against the also undefeated at the time Colts. Pats slowed down some in toward the end of the season but still had another pair of 21-points wins on top of these in the regular season.

  • BewareofRaiders

    If you really think about it who have denver really played that was actually good? If we didnt tank we had em beat. They played crappy teams suck as jets chiefs chargers and dolphins which dolphins should have won. C’mon man they got blown out by the lions on their own turf. And all those games were close and the defenses wore down thats how tebow get those outside runs that he couldnt get in the first tthree quarters. Im tired of all this tebow love really give me a break carson isnt even getting love tebow is getting and he is 3-1 as a starter and leading the afc yet all you hear is all this tebow broncos bs the raiders dont even exist. Its gotten do bad that they are making a playbook special for him. I cant wait til they lose to the patriots im sure that will finally wake them up and i see them winning against the vikings cant believe im saying this but with AP out and a hurt percy harvin the broncos have them but i could/hope/wish i was wrong

  • silverback

    If Raiders beat Miami and go 4-2 in the AFC West they walk into the playoffs. Easier said than done.

  • StraitOutofComptonRaidr

    Patriots were killing that year. Unlike our Raiders, always winning out dog fights and keeping the game interesting. My Grandpa always said that it is not good being an old Raider fan, as he is more likely to come down with a heart attack with the late game drama.

  • Chris in NY

    silverback Says:
    December 2nd, 2011 at 7:41 pm
    If Raiders beat Miami and go 4-2 in the AFC West they walk into the playoffs. Easier said than done.

    ——————————

    True. I really don’t want it coming down to that last week with a must-win for a playoff spot on the line. I think just getting in is going to be a lot of pressure on this team. Once we’re in, I think they can cut it loose a little more and be a real, real dangerous team.

  • StraitOutofComptonRaidr

    True Raider fan if:
    *wear Raider gear in the offseason during speacial occasions
    *Point out logos to your girlfriend while driving
    *Feel that the Raiders have a chance to win every game no matter what the odds.
    *Have to explain to everyone why you still are a fan even after all the loosing seasons.
    *Shed a tear when Al Davis Past away.
    Keep this Going ……
    win, loose or tie Raiders till I die

  • silverback

    traitOutofComptonRaidr Says:
    December 2nd, 2011 at 7:51 pm
    True Raider fan if:
    *wear Raider gear in the offseason during speacial occasions
    *Point out logos to your girlfriend while driving
    *Feel that the Raiders have a chance to win every game no matter what the odds.
    *Have to explain to everyone why you still are a fan even after all the loosing seasons.
    *Shed a tear when Al Davis Past away.
    Keep this Going ……
    win, loose or tie Raiders till I die-
    —-
    Must have Raider shrine in home.

  • hwnrdr

    Silverback Says:
    December 2nd, 2011 at 7:53 pm
    traitOutofComptonRaidr Says:
    December 2nd, 2011 at 7:51 pm
    True Raider fan if:
    *wear Raider gear in the offseason during speacial occasions
    *Point out logos to your girlfriend while driving
    *Feel that the Raiders have a chance to win every game no matter what the odds.
    *Have to explain to everyone why you still are a fan even after all the loosing seasons.
    *Shed a tear when Al Davis Past away.
    Keep this Going ……
    win, loose or tie Raiders till I die-
    —-
    Must have Raider shrine in home.

    Your kids are Raider fans!

  • mcfadden20.

    Code black ***

    StraitOutofComptonRaidr Says:
    December 2nd, 2011 at 7:51 pm
    True Raider fan if:
    *wear Raider gear in the offseason during speacial occasions
    *Point out logos to your girlfriend while driving
    *Feel that the Raiders have a chance to win every game no matter what the odds.
    *Have to explain to everyone why you still are a fan even after all the loosing seasons.
    *Shed a tear when Al Davis Past away.
    Keep this Going ……
    win, loose or tie Raiders till I die

    Code Black***

  • mcfadden20.

    Very true ^^^^^ sully have done none of that

  • aig-raiders

    I’m very glad Hue is the coach of the Raiders while this McClain issue is happening. Hue is a black and came from the hood. He can level with McClain and carry credibility.

  • GoodOle00

    McClain is in Miami and at the team hotel…

  • GoodOle00

    black ***

    StraitOutofComptonRaidr Says:
    December 2nd, 2011 at 7:51 pm
    True Raider fan if:
    *wear Raider gear in the offseason during speacial occasions
    *Point out logos to your girlfriend while driving
    *Feel that the Raiders have a chance to win every game no matter what the odds.
    *Have to explain to everyone why you still are a fan even after all the loosing seasons.
    *Shed a tear when Al Davis Past away.
    Keep this Going ……
    * You know what Red Right 88 and 17 Bob Trey O mean

  • zopi

    The Raiders can’t afford the RoMac distraction, don’t need HueJax wasting time changing diapers and spanking fools. Bench or suspend him, and let him deal with and clear his legal case. Make him earn respect, and see if he truly wants to redeem himself. Otherwise, he has lost my respect. Can’t tolerate fools specially with guns, fools don’t seem to learn even after Gilbert Arena and Plaxico’s fiasco. Guns and fools don’t mix.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    GoodOle00 Says:
    December 2nd, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    May I remind you McClain’s been convicted of NOTHING.
    ———
    Might I remind you that you should think before you post? He’s guilty of stupidity in the 10th degree, you moron. Let’s say he didn’t do anything that was mentioned. (we know he did). He picked up his gun that he just re-registered. Had it on him. That alone is dumb. Not leaving immediately when it was obvious the situation was going south says he’s likely dumber than you, and for that slight, I’ll have to offer him my apologies.

  • silverback

    Arenas and Burress were’t Raiders.

  • Raider guy

    Your five year old hates Tim tebow

  • realtruraider

    How tall is Death Ro? seriously dude looks like he has to be atleast 7ft in that picture. Unless those po po’s are just really short.

    Anyway, did anyone catch the Raiders on Jim Rome today? They were free stylin, That practice squader LB Leman thought he could flow, I guess it wasn’t all that bad for a white boy. Q.Groves is the best that I saw in that clip. he layed it down last year for The Rome Show to.

  • Cervantes

    Kiss My Converse Sully

  • Raider guy

    Sometimes it is the tough times that bring a team closer and make them better. Hue has done a beautiful job of negotiating the obstacles this year and he will do it again here. I hope ro uses this to his benefit regardless of what part he played. It is my hope and belief that the team will.

  • WTF

    Why would a 6’4″ 250lbs man need a gun for a beat up man crawling to his car anyway. I know its not confirmed but he was arrested for a reason. Coward

  • Cervantes

    Not a single one of us was at the scene of the alleged crime and most of you are giving a 23 year old that got beat down credibility over a 22 year old that has been mediocre manning our D.

    Anyone ask what did this scrub do to get beat down?

    Anyone ask who actually did the beat down?

    Anyone ask who actually pulled the trigger?

    Anyone wonder why ROMAC was catting it for the camera?

    Anyone wonder why exactly zero people have said they witnessed this beat down?

    Ideally, ROMAC is no where near any BS like this, but he was and it’s only a distraction if the other 52 men allow it to be.

    If he was in the wrong time will tell and Hue and the NFL will take care of it. But there is a fact that you can’t suspend someone because of 4 alleged misdeamors.

    Bail was $2000 anyone on this board ever been in jail and have to get out on a bond? Try $10,000 for selling Mary Jane, just to give everyone some perspective. 2Gs is NOTHING.

    That being said, ROMAN needs to stay is ash away from any place that requires him to carry a piece. He’s in a different tax bracket now…pay someone to lay someone down.

    Final note. We have surrendered 1488 yards rushing. With ROMAC out that’s 299 yards against the Broncos. Those 190 yards or so is the difference between us being 27th against the run and 12th to 17th. That’s a HUGE difference this guy makes.

    If anything put him on notice that one more incident and he’s gone. Then plan to find his replacement in the off-season while he thinks that he has to work his way back into the team’s good graces.

    Win-Win.

  • zopi

    No, Arenas and Burress weren’t Raiders, but they were fools with guns who, one got a year suspension, and the other did jail time.

    And it’s even more foolish comparing the old timers (Stabler, Tooz, Stork, etc.) that would party hard and late, and still get up to play in the super bowl the next day, but that was a long time ago in another era. Those teams were constantly winning and excelling, this Raiders team has been trying to get out of some crazy insanity, the last thing they need is another gansta fool.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    aig-raiders Says:
    December 2nd, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I’m very glad Hue is the coach of the Raiders while this McClain issue is happening. Hue is a black and came from the hood. He can level with McClain and carry credibility.
    ———–
    Great. Toss racism into the mix. What else is new on this blog?

  • ghostraiders

    Agitate. .Agitate. .Agitate. .. no racism in that statement. .. You jackass. . Its perfectly put.. hue Jackson grew up in south central. .maybe he can relate with McClain and help him…but I guess you wouldn’t know about that.. you hater. .. just do everyone hear a favor and stfu!!

  • KRAWFDADD

    Mcclain should only have to apologize to his team mates,the guys whom he goes to war with on each and every Sunday.He doesnt owe me or any of us anything for that matter even though we are fans I think Hue should let his bothers of the gridiron decide if he should play or not thats who he is with and has to look in their faces n explain to them and take accountability 4 what happened back in Bama.We really are on to something this season and we can raise sum hell and make some noise if we make it into post season play.So with that being said if RoRo’s 52 other brothers can forgive him and welcome him with open arms then “I” beind a disciple of Al Davis and member of this Raider Nation Cult can find it within myself to do the same…..Raidazzz 4 Life Babyyyy!!!!!!

  • qodrn

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    Tenth: TRIPLE TIE (Exact score) Raiders 27 Vikings 20
    R8eray + Just Fire Baby + The Big Banana
    Eleventh: Beware of Raiders

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