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McClain at OTAs, practicing

There is no media availability until Tuesday, but checked in with the Raiders and was told Rolando McClain is in Alameda and practicing with the team while awaiting appeal on his conviction in Decatur, Ala. for assault, reckless endagerment, illegal discharge of a firearm and menacing.

McClain was sentenced last Thursday to 180 days in jail and fined $2,000 by a municipal court judge, then freed pending appeal. Appealing to the circuit court would include a jury trial. McClain’s attorney, Harvey Steinberg called the verdict “meaningless” in anticipation of a jury trial.

Rishard Tapscott, the victim in the case, identified McClain as the man who fired a gun next to his ear following a dispute. Tapscott has also filed a civil lawsuit against McClain.

The Raiders’ statement upon McClain’s conviction said “The team will continue to closely monitor the legal process, understanding that when appropriate the NFL will review the situation under its personal conduct policy.”

The club also has the option for disciplining McClain for conduct detrimental to the club _ the incident occurred on Nov. 30 while he was in Decatur for the funeral of a family member.

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  • guest123

    For awhile, I did post as “Jimbo” as a suggestion from RRS. Maybe that was for 2 weeks or so.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Guest123.

    Thanks, I appreciate your words.

    And about the handles, I was just curious because when things got out of hand they were baning people left and right so many familiar guys had to modify their screen names.

    Oh and I always read your stuff as well, nice to have intelligent people you can go back and forth without name-calling and trolling.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Hey Guest, worry not, who cares about the handle? it’s all about what you post.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Are you satisfied that Reggie has done enough to prepare for the possibility that Slow won’t be available and to compensate for the loss of Wimbley ?

    This Raider fan isn’t

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    @RM99

    tough question. he’s a rookie GM [he's going to make mistakes]

    I guess the answer to you question is “nobody knows”

    do the adds of Tollefson, Wheeler & Burris offset the losses of Moss, Wimbley & Groves?

    can Goethel/Stupar fill in adequately if McClain misses a few games??

    we won’t know until the games are played!

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!
    Tell me something…why does everytime, someone hates a team, they always think that there will be crying and excuses! you guys are FN stupid! geez…
    Anyways…Seattle traded a 7th, possible 6th for Winslow! Hmmm…would you have waited? Well, a 7th, is a … 7th!

  • RaiderRockstar

    good morning AM crew!!

    this guy is one happy camper

    As the blog’s #1 Laker hater, I couldn’t be more proud of the OKC Thunder for kicking them out of the NBA playoffs and ending thier season. I really don’t care who wins the rest of the way … would be nice to see LeBron hoist the trophy though, he’s a BEAST

  • bcz24

    546.guest123 Says:
    May 22nd, 2012 at 5:23 am
    Don’t know if the media will be invited today or Thursday, but it will be nice to have them especially today out there in advance of Cork’s weekly Tuesday chat.
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    Tuesdays OTAs are open to the media

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Rockstar.

    I’d like to think that one of Reggie’s first actions as GM must have been a sit-down with McClain, get to know the guy and have him explain what happened and just get a feel for the kid, see if he needed to get rid of him or if he was a guy worth keeping.

    There’s no way Reggie and the team didn’t know what was coming, maybe they didn’t expect 55 to be found guilty on all charges, but they knew he’d have to answer for his actions.

    My guess is he acted according to what he learned from McClain when he arrived and decided he wanted him as his MLB for next season.

  • RaiderRockstar

    why does everytime, someone hates a team, they always think that there will be crying and excuses! you guys are FN stupid! geez…

    ***

    @Hwnrdr

    because that is what 99% of Laker fans do!

    you happen to fall in that 1%

    :)

  • bcz24

    Not sure I would have wanted Winslow. He has a bad reputation as far as being a teammate/team player. Wonder if Seattle is going to give up on Miller, wouldn’t mind resigning him on the cheap.

  • guest123

    Winslow is garbage. Seattle is stupid. They are on the hook for the last 3 years/$13M, and they are paying Zach Miller big money too. The draft pick is the cherry on top.

  • hwnrdr

    Thanks Rockstar! I appreciate that! :)

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    ALWAYS THOUGHT SACRAMENTO KINGS FANS WERE THE BIGGEST CRY BABY’S.WAS NEVER THERE FAULT WHEN THEY LOST..

  • hwnrdr

    DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL Says:
    May 22nd, 2012 at 6:13 am
    ALWAYS THOUGHT SACRAMENTO KINGS FANS WERE THE BIGGEST CRY BABY’S.WAS NEVER THERE FAULT WHEN THEY LOST..

    Robert Horry for 3! LOL, I live with a big Sac fan…and he always brings that up!

  • guest123

    Tuesdays OTAs are open to the media

    ********

    Thanks for the info Bcz24.

  • hwnrdr

    Anyways…its gonna be an interesting year! I’m pulling for Tim Duncan, but you never know! LeBron will go as far as Wade and Haslim (sp?) right now!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Winslow is garbage. Seattle is stupid. They are on the hook for the last 3 years/$13M, and they are paying Zach Miller big money too. The draft pick is the cherry on top.

    ***

    co-signed, G123

    Seattle likes to have 2 TE’s

    last year they had John Carlson teamed with Miller.

    Carlson now plays for the Vikings, enter Winslow

    whats funny to me is, they could have signed Visante Shaincoe in free agency for next to nothing imo

    or Dallas Clark or Bo Scaife or Jeremy Shockey!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Anyways…its gonna be an interesting year! I’m pulling for Tim Duncan, but you never know!

    ***

    Duncan, Wade, the big 3 in Boston, etc

    have already won the whole thing.

    I’m pulling for LeBron James (Heat) or Kevin Durant (OKC) – would be great to see them face off in Finals!

  • hwnrdr

    That is true Rockstar! I would have went after Clark, but…oh well!

  • hwnrdr

    Teams that never been in the Finals are always interesting…maybe Indaina/OKC? Indiana is young, as OKC…but I think experience will take over!

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Did some numbers last night.

    Since Rolando McClain joined the Raiders in 2010 he’s played 30 games and in those games we have allowed an average of 126 rushing yards and 4.5 per carry.

    In the 2 games McClain has missed over the same period, we have allowed an average of 266.5 rushing yards per game and 7.2 per carry.

    Needless to say we lost both games McClain missed, Jax in 2010 and Denver in 2011, so we’re 16-14 with McClain and 0-2 without him.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    WERE IS OLDEN POLYNICE THESE DAY’S ?

  • guest123

    Here’s what Seattle is getting. A chronically weak kneed prima dona TE that always complains about not getting at least 10 targets and won’t practice on Wednedays. He won’t block for anyone and taps his helmet after every play to go get a squirt of gatorade. He’s not a complementary player and is a headcase who won’t agree to being 2nd fiddle as a receiver, much less 2nd fiddle as a TE.

    And couple that with Seattle giving $34M with $17M gtd to Zach Miller and owe another $13M to a washed up Winslow. Both of those guys will be out of the league by next year.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Wonder if Seattle is going to give up on Miller, wouldn’t mind resigning him on the cheap

    ***

    I think ZMiller sticks in Seattle. I think they want Matt Flynn to have as many weapons as they can possibly afford

    whats funny is, Seattle might be a great team in 2012 if they get that O-Line fixed.

    Tom Cable has the reputation of a zbs OL master, but that was BY FAR their biggest weakness last season. Pete might tell Tom to kick rocks if they don’t play better this season

  • guest123

    571, I’d argue a small sample size there. Two games?

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Dedinitely pulling for a Boston-Miami showdown in the East to go with OKC-SA, but nobody is beating the Spurs anyway.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Indiana is young, as OKC…but I think experience will take over!

    ***

    @Hwnrdr

    so you’re thinking Celtics/Spurs in the Finals??

    those teams are the most experienced, right?

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    guest123

    571, I’d argue a small sample size there. Two games?.

    —————————————————

    Agreed, but that’s all we have and the difference was huge.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’d argue a small sample size there. Two games?

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    co-signed

    who are you comparing #55 to, anyways?

    Ricky Brown & Darryl Blackstock … 2 guys who are out of the league

    you expect a Top 10 pick to match thier stats?

    nobody said those guys were BETTER than McClain and if the team lacks depth, thats a coaching problem imo

    blame Al Davis, Tom Cable & Hue Jackson for that – none of whom are Raiders any longer

    Reggie gets a clean slate, so if he thinks Goethel & Stupar = adequate depth I gotta roll with him until or unless those players prove otherwise

  • hwnrdr

    I hate to say it, but if does come down to Boston/Miami…Boston owned them in te reg season! So then it will be Spurs/Celtics…

  • bcz24

    Seattle likes to have 2 TE’s

    last year they had John Carlson teamed with Miller.
    ******************
    john Carlson was out of the league last year.
    Z. Miller A. McCoy C. Morrah were their TEs

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Rockstar.

    So far, Goethel and Stupar have not shown to be any better than Ricky Brown or Daryl Blackstock, have they?.

    Goethel was being lauded by the same guys you just blamed Cable and Jackson and Stupar has not even had a real practice yet.

  • bcz24

    Goethel gets all kinds of credit for being some kind of stud in here, a lot of times by the same guys who want to trade McFadden because he can’t stay healthy, or wanted to cut Chaz Schilens for being injured. Goethel hasn’t even made it through a preseason yet.

  • guest123

    So far, Goethel and Stupar have not shown to be any better than Ricky Brown or Daryl Blackstock, have they?.

    ******

    I think that’s a fair point to make. I really don’t feel comfortable that our starting middle linebacker is even on the team as of now, (assuming McClain is suspended/jailbound). I made mention of Stupar’s draft status and it’s not a whole lot different than a UDFA. Goethel has proven to be brittle, and Curry is just not the right man for the job. Burris would be a nice surprise if he can outright take the job, but he’s another rookie so it’s best to temper enthusiasm. I think Reggie has to scour the vet LB free agent market to find a decent stopgap.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    That being said, I like what I’ve read from Stupar, I’m pulling for him.

    And hopefully Goethel can stay healthy and show more than he did during the 8 games he was active in 2010 because I don’t recall him having an impact as a rookie.

  • hwnrdr

    I have a feeling Stupar will be a force this year. I forgot where I read it, but they went from saying that linebacker was our weakest position to possibly a position of strength! Stupar, Burris, and Goethal I am pulling for! Oh, and Curry! :)

  • RaiderRockstar

    http://blog.seattlepi.com/football/2011/08/30/seahawks-te-john-carlson-needs-surgery-will-miss-season/

    @Bcz

    read this article from 8/30/11

    “out of the league” isn’t quite the same as placed on I.R.

    was ShoNasty out of the league last season??

  • guest123

    We all are rooting for oft-injured training camp stars to have good healthy regular seasons. And we all would love to have a 7th rounder or UDFA to have a significant impact. It does happen from time to time, but hardly ever when forced.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll stick to my opinion that the 2012 draft (for where we drafted) was mostly depth and no immediate full time starters. I’ll amend that by saying that I can see Criner having an impact.

    We have a gaping hole at middle LB, and we need to address it soon. It’s a bit much to expect the late round draft picks and UDFA’s to make an impact from jump street. It’s nice to be optimistic and all, but let’s keep some reality and focus.

  • hwnrdr

    Yes, Criner will have an impact this year! Along with D Moore!

  • RaiderRockstar

    So far, Goethel and Stupar have not shown to be any better than Ricky Brown or Daryl Blackstock, have they?

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    @Marley

    so whats your point? should we harp on Reggie for a lack of depth at MLB when we’ve never seen Goethel or Stupar play a snap during the regular season??

    My point was that you’re comparing McClain to the scrubs backing him up, while other bloggers are comparing him to 1st round MLB’s or other starting calibur MLB’s in the league

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Guest123.

    We have a gaping hole at middle LB, and we need to address it soon.

    ————————————————

    No we don’t, McClain Pro Bowl in 2012!.

    Just kidding, but I do think RoMac has a good chance to fluorish as a player under DA, Tarver and Holland coaching, as far as McClain’s life, he called Nick Saban a father figure in College, maybe McKenzie or one of the coaches takes him under his wing and becomes the sort of calming influence Saban once was for him.

    But that last part is just hope and speculation on my part, dude needs to grow up and leave his past behind.

  • guest123

    But that last part is just hope and speculation on my part, dude needs to grow up and leave his past behind.

    ****

    Marley,

    Agreed. For now, I think it’s fair to say that we should be concerned with this situation because McClain’s plight is in flux and he nor the Raiders are in control of how this all plays out. It may be conservative, but I think it’s better to think a couple of steps ahead than react on the fly. That’s why I think Reggie has to assume RoMac is lost indefinitely and prepare for the worst. If RoMac is cleared and does play, the depth won’t be wasted either way.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Goethel gets all kinds of credit for being some kind of stud in here

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    BCZ,

    guilty as charged. I was predicting Goethel would be a beast the past two offseasons, but injuries have derailed any progress he’s made since we drafted him. I liked him, coming out of Arizona. I think he’s the only downhill player we’ve got at LB, basing this off of his college tape. But then again, most of us thought McClain would be a force in the NFL, too. I never wanted McFadden or Schilens cut. Don’t want Travis cut either. As you’ve pointed out, I don’t think we’ll know what we have in TG until he can make it through OTA’s, camp, preseason and half a dozen reg season games [healthy]

  • RaiderRockstar

    I may be the minority here, but I don’t give a rip about McClain’s personal life, his friends, his family or his hobbies. I don’t care what it was like growing up for him. I don’t care what he did in college, either. I don’t care what his college coach thinks about him. I don’t care what Al Davis, Tom Cable or Hue Jackson thought about him. I don’t care what John Marshall, Chuck Bresnahan, Mike Haluchak or Greg Biekert thought about him.

    check that crap at the door imo (no offense!)

    I care if he’s producing or not on the football field. I care what McKenzie, Allen, Tarver & Holland think about him, because those are the guys he has to impress this year.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    RaiderRockstar Says:

    So far, Goethel and Stupar have not shown to be any better than Ricky Brown or Daryl Blackstock, have they?

    ***

    @Marley

    so whats your point? should we harp on Reggie for a lack of depth at MLB when we’ve never seen Goethel or Stupar play a snap during the regular season??

    My point was that you’re comparing McClain to the scrubs backing him up, while other bloggers are comparing him to 1st round MLB’s or other starting calibur MLB’s in the league.

    —————————————————-

    My point was that with McClain out of the lineup we lost both games and gave up 140 more rushing yards per game and almost 3 more yards per carry.

    That’s it, it’s just a fact.

    And do you or any other “blogger” really think that if you had replaced McClain with any other 1st round LB or starter in the League over the last 2 years, we would have suddenly been able to stuff the run on a consistent basis?.

    McClain was put in a bad spot by inferior coaching, let’s see what he can do with a better staff.

    By the way, Goethel has played his share of snaps, he played in 8 games as a rookie and didn’t stand out, maybe he played sparingly, but he was healthy and saw action, I’d agree that’s not enough to say he can or can’t play, just saying he has seen the field.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I could care less if McClain wins some humanitarian award, if he continues to suck as a football player – cut him loose!

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Rockstar.

    I care what McKenzie, Allen, Tarver & Holland think about him, because those are the guys he has to impress this year.
    ————————————————

    Give him a chance then.

  • hwnrdr

    maybe some humanitarian award, along with bible study with Pastor Kaufamn is what McClain needs…although I agree…that wouldn’t make him better!

  • RaiderRockstar

    do you or any other “blogger” really think that if you had replaced McClain with any other 1st round LB or starter in the League over the last 2 years, we would have suddenly been able to stuff the run on a consistent basis?

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    @Marley

    it takes 11 guys to stuff the run, first of all. it’s a team sport

    McClain didn’t make us better against the run or pass since we drafted him. He’s not a leader, he’s not a playmaker. He’s avoids the media and gets into trouble off the field. takes no blame for his own piss poor performances, but rather deflects blame to everybody else as if “well, I did my job”. Look, if you want to continue this Poor Rolando sob story be my guest. He’s getting no sympathy from me

    friggin waste of $40 million, nice pick Al!

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    LOL…settle down Rockstar.

    No need to get worked up, it won’t be our call after all.