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Decatur Daily has tape of McClain incident

The Decatur Daily has obtained video of the incident that left Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain facing chargers of third degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

The most serious of the allegations, that McClain produced a firearm, put it near the ear of the alleged victim Rishard Tapscott and firing it, are not included. The incident occurred on Nov. 30, when McClain was away from the team because of the death of a relative.

McClain was excused from the Raiders’ voluntary organized team activity session Tuesday, with coach Dennis Allen saying he was dealing with legal issues. He is scheduled to be in court Thursday.

Also charged is Jadoriaus Willingham, who is shown beating Tapscott when the altercation moved from indoors to outdoors.

The attorney for the victim, Carl Cole, believes it bolsters his client’s case.

“It’s obvious that McClain has been edited out of parts of it, but it matches up perfectly with (the victim’s) statements of it,’’ Cole told the Decatur Daily. “I think this shows there may be cracks in Willingham and McClain’s circle of friends. They may not be willing to hide what happened that night.’’

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said on Dec. 1 the league would follow developments in the legal case before determining whether McClain will be subject to discipline under the league’s personal conduct policy.

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  • J Hill

    What if that incident did exactly what you say, Guest?

    What if he has trimmed his list of so called friends down?

    Where is the evidence that he hasn’t learned from that?

  • guest123

    Hey, I’m just a regular dude with a regular salary and a regular boss. I sometimes go on training to other cities and stay in nice hotels and go to convention centers. I sometimes head back home and hang with my hometown boys. But if I get into a pistol showing fight that is even a misdemeanor. Guess what I’m getting from my boss?

    A one by one by one ft cube cardboard box to clear my desk out.

  • http://out-of-whack 909RaiderLifer

    Coach DA, on NFLN in a hour +or-…

    NFLN was pimping that yesterday..btw…

  • Cervantes

    And for all you people here that want to criticize him for not being a peacemaker…

    When a fight or assault or crime happens in public witnesses are not held legally accountable for deciding not to intervene.

    RoMac’s friends just might have filmed it to prove that RoMac wasn’t involved or they might have filmed it to make fun of the guy who they were chiding for his cowardly behavior.

    But there is ABSOLUTELY nothing that implicates RoMac as a participant in that altercation clearly among friends. How else is that guy in the house and given the time to take his belongings out of his pocket?

    Then someone comes and helps him up. That was a fight amongst friends. I think most young men who have played any type of contact sports have seen this happen.

  • ottocrat

    Note to Raiders: Don’t draft anyone from Alabama in the 1st round. P.S. I couldn’t care less about the alleged crime, I just want to cut him because he sucks.

  • Cervantes

    Guest…no way a company is firing an employee for that incident even if the employee was the guy fighting unless they want a wrongful termination suit hitting them by the following week.

    If you get canned for standing next to a fight, even if you know both guys, then you were going to get canned.

    Drama and Judgment much?

  • Silverandblack666

    Stop BSing yourselves here on the McClain incident people!!

    Forget about the fight and the gun shot.

    Lets look at the core instead.

    The guy was excused from practice to go to a funeral and instead of handling his family business he went out thiggin instead. PERIOD!

    Everyone else on the team was working hard preparing for Miami and instead of watching film on Miami’s offense or grieving with his immediate family he was out in the streets playing thug.

    Its a matter of priorities here his priority is not to work hard in game preparation but to screw off.

    This is the issue I have with McClain, not the gun, not the fight his lack of respect for the team, his lack of hard work and his priorities.

  • realtruraider

    No one knows the whole story, there has to be a reason for beating this guy. In the video the dude was acting like a lil biatch, but thats what most fools do when getting confronted about some schit.

    I remember when this first happened the word was the dude that got beat down stole some stuff out of McClains sister house.

    Now for McClains on field issues, last year the whole defense sucked. It has ben reported that McClain’s knee was fk’ed up plus his ankle. He got some special stem cell treatment in the offseason and sounds like he feels alot better. So Im going to wait and see how he performs healthy and with better coaching. I have a feeling he’s going to have a great year.

  • Cervantes

    Ottocrat…I feel you on that one.

    I haven’t seen any speed, anticipation, setting the DL, FF, or improvements in our run D since his arrival.

    If you want to be on the guy be on him for that.

  • J Hill

    The bottom line is 55 was the best player at his position on our team last year.

    Until that changes, he will and should be the starter.

  • Silverandblack666

    Stop BSing yourselves here on the McClain incident people!!

    Forget about the fight and the gun shot.

    Lets look at the core issue instead.

    The guy was excused from practice to go to a funeral and instead of handling his family business he went out thuggin instead. PERIOD!

    Everyone else on the team was working hard preparing for Miami and instead of watching film on Miami’s offense or grieving with his immediate family he was out in the streets playing thug.

    Its a matter of priorities here his priority is not to work hard in game preparation but to screw off.

    This is the issue I have with McClain, not the gun, not the fight his lack of respect for the team, his lack of hard work and his priorities.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Yo, the Beeech Diggity Dawg used to throw down all the time in the hood, backed by the Certified Platinum Posse

    Established our street cred, did some time, mo hizzle

    Through the love of many strippers and their boob jobs, I learned the value of love and compassion.

    Plus it’s easier to toke a doobie when you don’t have some gangbanger’s front teeth imbedded in your knuckles

    Yo, here’s a little diddy from my upcoming rap album Wrecks N Effect called “Mo Street Thuggin’”, make sure you show this to all your children, probably keep them out of Juvi:

    Yo, out of gang life and doin’ fine
    The Beeech Dawg been incarcerated since the age of 9
    Got no time for dem chains and whips
    Ain’t no future rollin’ with the Westside Crips

    SHOUT OUT TO ICE CUBE, MO FRESH STREET FLAVOR, HOLLA

  • guest123

    Regarding the wrongful firing lawsuit. That’s the type of thing that you could get away with when the ecomony was good & unemployment at 6 percent. It’s not reality today.

  • J Hill

    666,

    Let’s say your right and the KID made a bad decision that night.

    He went to hang with friends after burying his grandfather before his flight left the next day.

    You are really raking him over the coals for going to his friends house?

    Not like he was at the strip club or anything.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Guest123 Says:
    May 16th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    RoMac’s a punk and I don’t see him changing his off field ways. It’s something he can’t shake. He’s ghetto lifer.
    —————————————
    Yeah, that Video reveals an ugly life.

  • Silverandblack666

    “You are really raking him over the coals for going to his friends house?

    Not like he was at the strip club or anything.”

    Yes I am that is exactly what I am doing. Because you are a pro football player you are being paid millions of dollars to play on Sunday. You were excused from practice to attend a funeral not go over to your friends house. Grieving with family is acceptable going to a church function is acceptable if you are done with your family business you get your ass back on a plane and back on the practice field no screwing off.

    Every year many players are excused from practice for family reasons or deaths in the family and not one of them is as stupid as McClain to get caught up in some crap like that when you are supposed to be with family grieving.

    Not to mention its a lack of respect for his dead grandfather.

    What I see is a young man using the excuse of a dead relative to get out of practice so he can play in the streets.

  • Raider E

    Would it still be thuggin if it were a bunch of white guys in that living room? The boys had a bone to pick with one of their own, and he decides to empty his pockets, walk outside, and handle his business. These boys are just that, boys. Everybody grows up throughout life, but most are not privileged enough to have the adult guidance it takes to avoid bad situations in our early twenties. Give Romac a break and let him recieve the same justice we all are entitled to.

  • Silverandblack666

    The coaches will see very quickly his lack of effort and his poor work ethic and he will not start one game this year is my prediction.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    What Romac should have done, is breakup that schit!

  • J Hill

    What I see is a young man using the excuse of a dead relative to get out of practice so he can play in the streets.

    —————————————————-

    Play in the streets?

    Doesn’t want to practice, but will play on an injured knee and ankle instead of sitting out a couple games?

    Really????

  • Silverandblack666

    Raider E

    Why are you making this a racial issue?

    Second point…you do realize that assault is against the law right?

    So if any player breaks the law he will also be punished by the league for doing so.

    Lastly why are you so quick to rise to his defense he should have handled his family business and then got back on a plane to practice after all he is being paid a lot of money to prepare for a game.

    Why is it that many other players do NOT find trouble and a few of them are always in trouble.

    Calling people over to your house for a fist fight is looking for trouble no other way to spin it sorry black or white its all the same

  • Raider E

    Im with you JHill. Let Romac handle his own personal issues. Its his business not any of ours. I only care that he plays football to the best of his ability and lets the chips fall where they may in regards to playing time or being cut etc.

  • http://out-of-whack 909RaiderLifer

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    May 16th, 2012 at 3:32 pm
    Stop BSing yourselves here on the McClain incident people!!

    Forget about the fight and the gun shot.

    Lets look at the core issue instead.

    The guy was excused from practice to go to a funeral and instead of handling his family business he went out thuggin instead. PERIOD!

    Everyone else on the team was working hard preparing for Miami and instead of watching film on Miami’s offense or grieving with his immediate family he was out in the streets playing thug.

    Its a matter of priorities here his priority is not to work hard in game preparation but to screw off.

    This is the issue I have with McClain, not the gun, not the fight his lack of respect for the team, his lack of hard work and his priorities.

    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    “You can’t fix stupid.”—–Ron White.

  • Silverandblack666

    “Play in the streets?

    Doesn’t want to practice, but will play on an injured knee and ankle instead of sitting out a couple games?

    Really????”

    His name was never on the injury report players play hurt all the time. He was not injured. I saw Hue give him a dirty look one time when he took himself out of the game he was back in the next play.

    Stop with the excuses your making yourself look bad call it for what it is bad judgement.

    Your a professional act like one.

    He took advantage of Hue, the team and the situation.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    May 16th, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Raider E

    Why are you making this a racial issue?
    —————————————–
    Because black athletes are always judged by character issues on blogs?

  • Silverandblack666

    I will tell you what…to prove my point that he has no work ethic I will bet anyone of you $50 that he does not start the first game this season.

  • Raider E

    666,

    I apologize for bringing race into it, but I got that sense reading some of the previous posts on this thread.

    I will be honest and say that growing up in the East Bay with all my so called friends it was fairly easy to get into trouble and gain some street cred. while doing it. It is a hard habit to break.

    I feel empathy for people who suffer from the same thing I suffered before I did a little prison time and finally figured it out.

    Violence truly disgusts me these days< but I had to figure that out on my own. We dont all have parents that guide us to be responsible adults. In fact alot of us do not, and it may take a little longer than 25 years of age to understand the concept of cognitive behavior.

  • Raider E

    With that said, I thought he would be a better football player.

  • itzSteve

    I have been scrolling through the blogs for the past few weeks and listening to all of you giving your opinions regarding our linebackers and how Curry and RoMac both need to go…you guys are off your freakin rocker! With the hiring of DA and Tarver and the defensive minds they bring with them, they will bring out the best in our defense since they won’t be tied to the AD philosophy any longer. We haven’t had a defensive minded HC since Madden for pete’s sake! I think once Lamonte Winston gets RoMac’s personal life straightened out, we are going to see the beast middle linebacker we all hoped RoMac would be. He also had his best success with a defensive minded head coach with Nick Saban. I have been happy with what Curry has brought to the defense so far. He plays fast and is much more suited for the 4-3 so he can react and attack. Curry struggled in Seattle’s 3-4 because he was thinking too much and having problems reading the blocks coming at him. The addition of the veteran Wheeler will be a nice addition on the strong side, although I am hoping for a big splash from the Burris kid. I just like the way he plays. I don’t have a ton of hope for Goethel. I agree that he is the Chaz of the defense…

  • DutchRaider77

    The one thing that sticks out in my mind is “Morgan County Sheriff’s Office officials said Rolando McClain renewed his pistol permit Wednesday, hours before the alleged assault.”

    Could be just a coincidence…

  • J Hill

    119

    I agree that breaking it up would have been the idea solution.

    I’ll even agree that he may need some new friends.

    But to suggest that going over to a friends house, not some party, after dealing with burying your grandfather and all that comes along with that day is the same as playing in the streets is puzzling to me.

  • Raider E

    666,

    Its foolish to bet on a football blog. I learned that the hard way as well. Most will not pay up when they lose. MR still owes me twenty on the Jamarcus bet, and I let Brian off the hook on the opening day WR corp. bet last year or he would not be posting here.

    I dont get the feeling Romac will be starting either. If he really wanted to be with the team this week, he would have figured it out.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Violence truly disgusts me these days< but I had to figure that out on my own. We dont all have parents that guide us to be responsible adults. In fact alot of us do not, and it may take a little longer than 25 years of age to understand the concept of cognitive behavior.
    —————————————–
    Well-said Raider E.

  • J Hill

    Why are you making this a racial issue?

    ————————————–

    Because terms like “thuggin it up” are being thrown around.

  • guest123

    I didn’t realize “thug” was in the urban dictionary as being exclusive to blacks. Hmmm. learn something new every day.

  • Raider E

    Why are you making this a racial issue?

    ————————————–

    Because terms like “thuggin it up” are being thrown around.

    ——————

    We should all just realize one day that were all AMERICANS. We do not have a specific race.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Yo, respect to all my fellow thugs

    Barely survived street life, sometimes I’ll weep for my fallen homies when I’m 69ing with a wasted stripper

    Mad love for all those in lockup, keep the dream alive

    Yo, Wrecks N Effect is dedicated for the stuggle, gots to fight to survive, keepin’ the dream alive

    Wizzle

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    Romac = camp fodder.

    Big Mac kicking the tires on Romac before he kicks him to the curb.

    Big Mac’s not planning to be Romac’s Mac Daddy.

  • R8ER MIKE

    Dennis Allen about to be on nfl network

  • M Lonetree

    Mc Mc paddywhack give a Mc a bone,
    these ol’ Mcs be rolling home.

    “do you understand the charges McBama?”
    “ya.”
    “did you do a beatdown on your friend?”
    “ya. I mean no. I’m a ‘Bama football star.”
    “did you fire a gun next your friend’s head after threatening to kill him?”
    “ya. I mean no. I’m a ‘Bama football star.”

    next case.

    Ms. Liz Frank I’d like to introduce you to some folks.
    this here is “Toe” McTurf. and this here is “Knee” McSprain. and this one over here is Ham(ilton) McStringstrain.
    “Who are all these guys”, asks Liz Frank.
    They are all your cousins on the McSkinnyLegs side of the family Ms. Frank.

    meanwhile McReggie plans his days ahead for a NoMc way of success.

  • R8ER MIKE

    lol.,if his hair were blond he would look like Dennis the Menace!!!

  • Silverandblack666

    Raider E Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your wisdom. I have been in trouble many times in my life so I am not just casting judgement.

    Jhill I respect you and your opinions as you have been here a long time and I have read many of your posts.

    To sum it up I am disappointed in Mr McClain I had high expectations for him. I can only hope that his work ethic improves and he gets his priorities straightened out.

    I am outta here

    Peace!

  • J Hill

    I didn’t realize “thug” was in the urban dictionary as being exclusive to blacks

    —————————————-

    Cmon now, you really want to go there.

    How about “ghetto lifer”?

    If you guys wonder why some people think you are being racial, then there it is.

    If you don’t care, then don’t care.

    It is what it is.

  • imaquaman

    rockstar i cant believe im saying this ,a couple years ago i wouldnt have .i would rather have a team full of DHB over a team full of moss.its hard to coach heart into someone,i think you have to be born with it

  • RAIDERMAN99

    I understand why Raider fans are attempting to defend Slow or at least downplay the significance of this ‘incident’.

    No one wants the 8th overall pick in the draft turn out to be a bust due to immaturity, lack of commitment or character issues.

    No one wants to see Slow perform poorly on Sundays.

    Yet that’s exactly what the Raids have gotten out of Slow so far.

    We’ve seen the lack of hustle. We’ve seen the incredibly inept Stafford whiff at the most crucial, game determining time.

    We’ve got to wonder why Slow needed an entire week away from practice and the team to supposedly attend a funeral, only to be arrested for this absurd thuggery.

    This kind of nonsense is intolerable and indefensible.

    Now we’ve got to deal with the very real possibility that Slow will be suspended and not be available to play.

    And on top of all that, there’s now also the durability and health concerns.

    Can Slow turn it around ? Sure.

    Will he turn it around ? I wouldn’t bet on it.

    At this point, Slow should be regarded as a complete bust. He is not a player the Raids can count on for making any contribution.

    Slow was drafted to be the cornerstone of the defense.

    He’s been nothing but an immense disappointment.

    My guess is that even if he is found not guilty and somehow manages to avoid a suspension, we’ll see the same lackluster play or maybe even a trip to the IR list.

    I’ve moved on from Slow. Unless there’s a near miraculous turn of events, it’s probably in the Raids best interest to do so as well.

    We’ve got to accept the reality that stories and careers that start out like this rarely turn out well.

    Raids need reliable contributors and not headaches.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    I understand why Raider fans are attempting to defend Slow or at least downplay the significance of this ‘incident’.

    No one wants the 8th overall pick in the draft turn out to be a bust due to immaturity, lack of commitment or character issues.

    No one wants to see Slow perform poorly on Sundays.

    Yet that’s exactly what the Raids have gotten out of Slow so far.

    We’ve seen the lack of hustle. We’ve seen the incredibly inept Stafford whiff at the most crucial, game determining time.

    We’ve got to wonder why Slow needed an entire week away from practice and the team to supposedly attend a funeral, only to be arrested for this absurd thuggery.

    This kind of nonsense is intolerable and indefensible.

    Now we’ve got to deal with the very real possibility that Slow will be suspended and not be available to play.

    And on top of all that, there’s now also the durability and health concerns.

    Can Slow turn it around ? Sure.

    Will he turn it around ? I wouldn’t bet on it.

    At this point, Slow should be regarded as a complete bust. He is not a player the Raids can count on for making any contribution.

    Slow was drafted to be the cornerstone of the defense.

    He’s been nothing but an immense disappointment.

    My guess is that even if he is found not guilty and somehow manages to avoid a suspension, we’ll see the same lackluster play or maybe even a trip to the IR list.

    I’ve moved on from Slow. Unless there’s a near miraculous turn of events, it’s probably in the Raids best interest to do so as well.

    We’ve got to accept the reality that stories and careers that start out like this rarely turn out well.

    Raids need reliable contributors, not headaches.

  • R8ER MIKE

    I am smelling what you are stepping in RAIDERMAN but IMO this is RoMacs wake up call. I wont be surprised if he has a break out season and turns some of his critics into fans.

  • R8ER MIKE

    We were all young and dumb at one time or another and given a second chance. Most of us learn the the lesson and grow from it. What be did was dumb but Romac ain’t stupid. At least I hpoe so.

  • Raidernationdave

    Fire this dumbass kid.

  • MikeG30

    Saw the video. Rolando McClain is “Not Guilty.”