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.