McClain to stand trial


Raiders starting middle linebacker Rolando McClain was ordered to stand trial May 17 for allegedly punching a man, threatening to kill him and firing a pistol next to his ear.
Decatur, Ala., municipal court judge Bill Cook Jr. set the trial date for McClain, 22, and Jarodiaus Willingham, 23. McClain was charged with third-degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm in the city limits.
His lawyer entered a not guilty plean on McClain’s behalf after McClain waived arraignment. His lawyer entered a not guilty plea Dec. 2. All the charges are misdemeanors under Alabama law.
McClain’s attorney, Billy C. Burney II, said McClain denies firing the gun and being involved in the fight. McClain was excused from practice at the time by then-coach Hue Jackson so that he could attend the funeral of his grandfather.
Jackson allowed McClain to play in that week’s game against the Miami Dolphins after speaking with McClain and coming away with the impression that his player wasn’t guilty of the things he was accused of doing.
McClain could not be reached for comment. When asked about the incident soon after it occurred, McClain said he didn’t have any comment.

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Steve Corkran