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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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  • TheToozFan55

    LOL Silverback – Hopefully he doesn’t have that perspective. What the heck is a 3rd degree assault charge anyway?

  • TheToozFan55

    Well, i guess when i’m getting handcuffs applied, i don’t think it’s funny?

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Wasn’t Rick Neuheisel pretty tight with Al Davis at one time ? Wonder if he’ll try to land a coaching gig in the NFL.

    Oregon doesn’t look like they’re going to cover but JFB is right…they remind me of the run and gun Loyola Marymount basketball offense.

  • TheToozFan55

    I’m being forced to watch the Oregon – ucla game! Help! Why can’t I get a new Lexus with a big red bow like in the commercials?

  • StraitOutofComptonRaidr

    VittorioTafur Vittorio Tafur
    This just in, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office said Rolando McClain renewed his pistol permit Wednesday, hours before the alleged assault.

  • autopalm77

    454…..LOL..It’s not Christmas…..Yet…Patience….

  • silverback

    TheToozFan55 Says:
    December 2nd, 2011 at 6:30 pm
    I’m being forced to watch the Oregon – ucla game! Help! Why can’t I get a new Lexus with a big red bow like in the commercials?
    —-
    Want what you have and then you are happy.

  • TheToozFan55

    Can we please get Lamichael James?

  • TheToozFan55

    Okay, forget the lexus. Can we get a win on Sunday and a Denver loss? I’ll be happy with that……

  • silverback

    TheToozFan55 Says:
    December 2nd, 2011 at 6:33 pm
    Okay, forget the lexus. Can we get a win on Sunday and a Denver loss? I’ll be happy with that……
    —-
    Me too!!

  • TheToozFan55

    Going to visit mom in bay area around christmas. have to watch the next few games to know if we want to buy seats for last game of season. already saw Raiders-Chargers in SD last month. Don’t want it to come to that!!!! Plus mom just had hip replacement – would have to rent a hover-round.

  • autopalm77

    Yes, its called the 2nd amendment…See also the 6th and 14th amendments…..

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    How is it possible that McFadden is still doggin it? MF menace to excellence!

    Reminds me of that crybaby that Patton slapped in the movie…

  • Blackmamba_20

    @bo schem

    Whos doggin it..

    Or are you responding to someone cooment??

  • Chris in NY

    How does UCLA have such little talent. I don’t know much about the school, but you’d think they’d be able to attract some bigtime players.

  • Chris in NY

    BSJ,
    Condo will probably take over at MLB if McClain gets canned. What then?

  • Blackmamba_20

    @465

    Guess they play hoops instead

  • Chris in NY

    They’ve got a painfully slow QB running the spread option?

  • silverback

    Bo will “rue the day” he accused McFadden of doggin it.

  • YoungAmerican

    2012 free agent MLBs:

    Curtis Lofton (ATL)
    D’Qwell Jackson (CLE)
    DeAndre Levy (DET)
    Stewart Bradley (ARI)
    Barrett Ruud (TEN)

  • Blackmamba_20

    @silverback

    I knew i read it right, WTF how is he doggin it?? Darrens tough as nails, his body fails him..

    Cant fckn wait for his return…

  • Chris in NY

    I can see how Neuheisel is getting canned. No talent, terribly coached team.

  • Chris in NY

    I like Lofton and Jackson from that list, but I’m sure their respective teams would like to keep them as well.

  • Chris in NY

    I’m sure we’d like to finally get Goethel healthy. Two camps, two IR’d seasons though. I don’t know.

  • BewareofRaiders

    Steward bradley wouldnt be a bad idea

  • silverback

    Blackmamba_20 Says:
    December 2nd, 2011 at 6:53 pm
    @silverback

    I knew i read it right, WTF how is he doggin it?? Darrens tough as nails, his body fails him..

    Cant fckn wait for his return…

    Previous poster has issues

  • Blackmamba_20

    No chance of redemption for rolando ??? This could be the fuse to light the fire, he could make his first play other than 3 paltry sacks over 1 an half seasons!!! I hope so..

  • Chris in NY

    Wow. Just got a backdoor cover on the first half line of +19. Unbelievable. Split the bet up thinking UCLA might come out fired up to play for its coach and hang tough for a half at least. Got lucky there and I’ll take it. Don’t expect they’ll keep it under 31 though without the help of a turnover or three and perhaps a garbage time TD.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Having some bad recollections of the left side of the Fin defense completely dominating the right side of the Raid offensive line last year. Every run attempt was completely stonewalled. Think the final tally was something like 10 rushes for 1 yard. Couple of times I was reminded of the safety the Texans put on the Raids 4 yards deep in the end zone a few years ago.

    A win on Sunday and the Raids are sitting pretty. A loss, with GB and Detroit on the horizon, brings the potential of a 3 game skid and the season possibly spiraling out of control.

    No let up. Smash the Fins.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Dmac tough as nails?

    Hahahahaha

    Misses half the season from FEET problems again?

    The word is: malingerer

  • Chris in NY

    I’d hang with Rolando and give him a chance. This could turn out to be a blessing in disguise if he responds the right way. But if he cops an attitude or even just continues along the way he was doing I’d be looking elsewhere this offseason.

  • Chris in NY

    DMac does run tough though. Gotta give him that. It’s like watching a Ferrari not afraid to plow into a pickup truck the way he takes on these LBs and safeties. Not sure why it seems to take him so long to get over these injuries though.

  • BewareofRaiders

    Wish rolando could show that type of anger on the field

  • GoodOle00

    May I remind you McClain’s been convicted of NOTHING.

  • silverback

    Chris In NY Says:
    December 2nd, 2011 at 7:08 pm
    DMac does run tough though. Gotta give him that. It’s like watching a Ferrari not afraid to plow into a pickup truck the way he takes on these LBs and safeties. Not sure why it seems to take him so long to get over these injuries though.
    —-
    My guess would be the injuries are serious.

  • autopalm77

    Raiderman those were nightmares not bad memories…If we can get the same effort from the team that they have given recently, I believe they will be very competitive in this game…They are going to have to worry about our offense…Keep them honest by rushing the ball….Big game…..!!!!

  • GoodOle00

    DMC seems like that Veyron you bought thats always in the damm shop

  • Chris in NY

    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.

  • TheToozFan55

    don’t forget that we have carson palmer this year. we sill see exactly what he can do without most of his big-time players. i’m hopeful.

  • 504 Raider

    I went back to read the posts and can’t believe with all the great movies mentioned that I didn’t come across “The Outsiders.”

  • Chris in NY

    Looking ahead …
    Early line for Raiders @ Packers: Packers -11.5. I think with DMac we take them down. Still capable of doing so if we get Ford and Moore back at least.

  • Thec07

    Chris in NY Says:
    December 2nd, 2011 at 7:16 pm
    Looking ahead …
    Early line for Raiders @ Packers: Packers -11.5. I think with DMac we take them down. Still capable of doing so if we get Ford and Moore back at least.
    ++++==

    We have to take care of miami first however we will beat green bay…

  • TheToozFan55

    that’s great! raiders don’t like being underdogs like that. watching the chicago game again, we need to pick off Moore like we did Hanie. YES!

  • 504 Raider

    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.

    ————————————————————————————————————–

    I do. I remember playing a football card (although spreads are off a little)years ago and the same Colts were 21 point dogs to San Fran. If I’m not mistaking the Colts won straight up.

  • silverback

    I hope Hue and Al cook something up to keep the Dolphins guessing. That split second of uncertainty can really hurt a Defense.

  • 504 Raider

    I’ll bet our run defense avg would be awesome if you took away runs by the QB.

  • TheToozFan55

    well, we have to cook up something. if we can’t beat the dolphins, i don’t know if we are going to go far the rest of the season. Not the way Denver is playing.

  • BewareofRaiders

    Last two games the qbs had thrown 3ints….something to think about

  • Chris in NY

    I think we match up well with GB. We can put up points and grind the clock with our run game. If the front 4 brings it to at least slow Rodgers and force some short posessions we’d be in business.

    Very true that though Miami is first and is actually a much more important game for playoff positioning purposes.

  • Chris in NY

    TheToozFan55 Says:
    December 2nd, 2011 at 7:22 pm
    well, we have to cook up something. if we can’t beat the dolphins, i don’t know if we are going to go far the rest of the season. Not the way Denver is playing.

    ————————-

    Denver is awful. I wouldn’t be shocked if they lose 5 straight. Tebow should be arrested for defaming the QB position.