McClain suspended by Raiders

The Raiders on Friday suspended middle linebacker Rolando McClain two games for conduct detrimental to the team.
McClain is eligible to return to the team Dec. 10. He was excused from practice Wednesday after a talk with coach Dennis Allen. On Thursday, the Raiders asked McClain not to show up for practice, and he complied.
McClain will not be paid for the two games he is suspended. That amounts to a little more than $100,000.
This means that Omar Gaither will start at middle linebacker Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, a little more than two weeks after being signed by the Raiders.
Gaither has experience as a starter at all three linebacker spots, so he should be able to step in and hold his own. He also is versatile enough to play on passing situations, something McClain wasn’t permitted to do the past seven games.


Steve Corkran

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Everyone shet up. The presser is going on right now with just reporters.

    Im giving u guys the tweets as they come in. relax

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    These guys, especially on defense, have been rank garbage for a long time. McClain doesn’t perform.

    Other teams do not have as large a collection of do-nothing players.

    Priest, coaches don’t cut good players. Especially GMs that put in more than a few hours a day evluating talent.

    I am SICK AND TIRED of Raider Nation having such low standards for top draft picks.

    Has McClain ever played to the level of a Patrick Willis, or the young MLBs in Tampa and Carolina….is Rolando having a Clay Matthews type impact.

    Where’s or AJ Green? Jerod Mayo?

    How about DHB, Mike Mitchell, DMAC? Do you ever record a TV analyst say in the pre-game “You know, look out for he’s one of the best”

    Nope…excuses, coddling, bs, bloated contracts


    Time for real change.

    Clean house Reggie!

  • Raiderbuck

    Paul Gutierrez ‏@PGutierrezCSN

    “It’s going to be on him. I don’t feel the need to approach him.” – #Raiders GM #ReggieMcKenzie, on #RolandoMcClain getting back in graces

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    its not even a presser.. just a Q n A. Shet up and wait for the tweets

  • Just Fire Baby

    My bad’s get old after a while.”


    Tells you that even the players in private are excepting the blame.

    Just not correcting it.

  • Why is there NOTHING ANYWHERE about this so called Reggie press conference?

    Via, Vic Tafur’s twitter:

    Lizbeth Sanchez @lizbeth_sansan 4h
    @VicTafur Are they airing the conference? Or is it just a phone conference?
    View details ·

    Vic Tafur
    @lizbeth_sansan it’s not televised. That way we can all wear sweats and eat Cheetos


    The fishwrap hacks NEVER pass up a free lunch..

  • Raiderbuck

    Paul Gutierrez ‏@PGutierrezCSN

    “It’s…a possibility. What’s going to happen afterward? How he going to handle it?” McKenzie on if McClain has played last game as Raider

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Paul Gutierrez‏@PGutierrezCSN

    “This was a terrible November.” – #Raiders GM #Reggie McKenzie

  • Raiderbuck

    Paul Gutierrez ‏@PGutierrezCSN

    “This was a terrible November.” – #Raiders GM #Reggie McKenzie

  • jackasspuria


    Thanks for the twitter updates!

  • John David Booty

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 2:12 pm
    Vic Tafur‏@VicTafur

    McKenzie would’t go into who’s safe and who’s not until after season-long evaluation is over, but made clear he has input on coaching staff

    Vic Tafur‏@VicTafur

    As far as run problems go, McKenzie said, “You gotta knock people off the ball, I don’t care what scheme it is.”
    Yep, sure do have to knock them off the ball. Too bad youre paying the wrong guys to show your players how to do it in the manner that theyd like to see it done. Had no trouble knocking people off the ball when Cable was here coaching the ZBS. Had no trouble knocking people off the ball when Wylie and Wiz were running the line last season.

    Sorry, Reggie. Your guys Pollack and Knapp have failed.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Reggie is a joke.

    The joke is on the Nation.

  • Reggiehater

    635.RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 2:09 pm
    Vic Tafur‏@VicTafur

    Reggie McKenzie “still pleased with Dennis” Allen; #Raiders GM is disappointed with 3-8 record — “it’s on players to do your job”

    What that fat retarded bottom lip idiot doesnt understand is that he and DA will both be cleaning out their desk at the same time.

  • Just Fire Baby

    LOL at people thinking the presser was an urban legend.

    You really think that these scribes would show up like hey where’s the presser?

    They double and triple confirm these things, days in advance.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Terrible November?????

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    “its on players to do your job”

    That quote is the result of coaches and GM doing their film study.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Vic Tafur‏@VicTafur

    More in a bit …

  • 303Raider

    Al Davis has wiffed time and time again on 1st Rd Picks;

    2010- McClain- BUST
    2009- DHB- Reach of a pick
    2008- McFadden- Always hurt
    2007- JaWalrus- BIGGETS BUST EVER!
    2006- Huff- Not so great
    2005- Washington-BUST
    2004- Gallery- BUST
    2003-Nnamdi- Good pick
    2002- Buchanon- BUST
    2001- Gibson- BUST
    2000- Seabass- our best Player???
    1999- stinchcomb- bust
    1998- CWood- great pick
    1997- Russel- Bust
    1996- Dudley- Bust


  • theghostronin79

    they need to monitor the progress of Johnny Manziel or whoever they’re going to take at QB in 2 years. Manziel, if he pans out, looks like the next Steve Young, only right handed.


    Or Marcus Mariota….He’s something special.

  • Raiderbuck

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur

    Reggie McKenzie said Ro McClain’s “actions” were not first-time deal; there’s “possibility” he’s done w/ #Raiders — “not been apologetic”

  • Al_is_theraiders

    wait till amy and mark see the bottom line of stadium attendence, then he will get the message…

  • Kiwi_Blade

    Terrible November = stating the obvious.
    Give us some real insight Reggie.

  • Just Fire Baby

    For Reggie to say Rolando’s issue was not a first time deal, that has to imply not a first time deal under his watch.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    There is a possibility that Reggie is done with the Raiders.

    Reggie has not been apologetic.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    talk about ego….”im not approaching him…he can come talk to me…” meanwhile….more losing

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    They must be getting into some heavy stuff.. because tweets have stop coming in.

    Vic tafaur says more in a bit. STANDBYE

  • Al_is_theraiders

    676….yup snacks…

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    303 Raider,

    Your post doesn’t include the trades for Randy Moss, deAngelo Hall, Richard Seymour and Carson Palmer.

    Traded 3 1st rounders and 2 second rounders.

    Any “elite” players in the group.

    Also, the performance in the 2nd round is just as disappointing.

    Can’t win without talent.

    And the Raiders are an embodiment of that fact each and every day they step on the field!

  • Reggiehater

    Reggie just keeps confirming what I have said all along.He is not quaified to be a gm.Terrible november.REALLY? UP to the players? Same players he brought here.ALL bums.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    671.Al_is_theraiders Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 2:20 pm
    wait till amy and mark see the bottom line of stadium attendence, then he will get the message…

    True…and that will only drive them to get real talent into oakland that don’t waste the fans’ time or steal its hard earned dollar with lousy performances.

  • Raiderbuck

    Bo Jackson ‏@BoJackson

    Thanks everyone for all of the 50th Birthday wishes. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all of you.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    680 thats my hope….

  • jackasspuria


    In a perfect world, Mark Davis cleans out his office as well if McKenzie and DA go.

    Of course, that won’t happen because he is owner.

    Mark Davis is equally as culpable as McKenzie is. Mark is the one who hired Reggie.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Bet the defense plays it’s best game of the year without the Alabama anchor around it’s neck.

  • Raiderbuck

    Levi Damien ‏@LeviDamien

    #Raiders Tommy Kelly tried to talk Rolando McClain out of tirade http://sbn.to/Wznt6D via @silverandblackp

  • Paul Gutierrez @PGutierrezCSN 10m
    “This was a terrible November.” – #Raiders GM #Reggie McKenzie
    Uhh, don’t forget October, and September.. I wouldn’t call our play “stellar” in those months either….

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    following Rolando McClain being kicked out of practice Wednesday, Tommy Kelly spoke with the heated linebacker in an attempt to talk some sense into him. The talk was not a successful one.



    “He was kinda in the heat of the moment so temper are flaring at the time.” Said Kelly of McClain’s mood immediately following Dennis Allen giving him the boot from practice.

    “I mean what happened, happened between him and the coach, I really don’t know, I wasn’t around but when I got a chance to say something to him, I let him know, don’t [expletive] yourself up just because y’all have a disagreement. I mean sometimes you just gotta swallow it, you know you what I’m saying? ‘Alright coach’, just take it, you know?”

    “I mean, man, it’s a situation where me personally I don’t want that from Ro because I’ve been around here and seen players go out and have differences with coaches and it snowballs and it kind of hurts you from going onto the next team. So, I just wanted him to just like, just know what you’re doing homie, you know what I’m saying. Even if you do have a disagreement with somebody, don’t let it affect your future earnings or your future anything you can do in your career. You don’t want nobody to put no bad label on you, say you’re a bad guy, so it would be hard to get a job. That’s what I wanted him to know.”

    “I told him that. He knows how I feel about this. You’re always gonna have disagreements with the coaches and everything but in the end they’re gonna win out. There’s no use in really fighting it because they got the power of the pen. They can ruin your career so I just wanted him to know, don’t ruin your career off a small disagreement.”

    Even after Kelly spoke to him, McClain went on facebook and announced prematurely to the world that he was “Officially no longer an Oakland Raider”. He then said it was not technically official but he was “Mentally done” and went on to say that he was glad to leave so he could join a “real team”.

    He quickly erased the messages on facebook but the evidence was already making the rounds.

    Even then one might argue that his actions were still in the heat of the moment. But word from Reggie McKenzie today was that McClain is still not apologizing for anything he did. He also said it was not the first time they have had issues with McClain and all of this played into his getting suspended for two games this season.

    Tommy Kelly may not seem like the most obvious place for McClain to take advice but if he had taken Kelly’s advice, he might be a lot better off today. Woulda, coulda, shoulda.


  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Steve Corkran is now feeding Reggie grapes.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    675.Al_is_theraiders Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 2:23 pm
    talk about ego….”im not approaching him…he can come talk to me…” meanwhile….more losing

    Better than coddling the guy and further encouraging slothfull and disrespectful behavior.

    Coddling the last malcontent only encouraged JaBustus to expand his waistline.

    Why should Reggie reach out to an overpaid check casher?

    Rolando should come to him. But that would mean he actually cared about playing hard for the Raiders.

    This Burris kid comes off the street and is 10x McClain and hsi bloated contract

  • John David Booty

    If Reggie wants to tie his cart to a losing horse in DA, well he can bounce right with him.

  • 303Raider

    Reggie brought some scrapsfor sure but the MAJORITY of the crap comes form years of missed 1st adn 2nd round picks, bad trades, and horrible FA signings.

    What we are witnessing has MORE to do with the crap Al Davis built.

    NO GM could fix this mess overnight.

    here is where I put the blame:

    80%- Al Davis and years of futile drafts, trades, and FA siginings
    10%- Mark Davis for firing Hue Jackson
    10%- reggie for hiring DA who hired Crapp as his OC.

  • Dan78

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 2:23 pm
    They must be getting into some heavy stuff.. because tweets have stop coming in.

    Vic tafaur says more in a bit. STANDBYE
    Or they might have started setting up the projector…

  • jackasspuria

    John David Booty

    Playing Devil’s Advocate here with a splash of sarcasm…

    If Mark wants to tie his cart to a losing horse in Reggie, well he can bounce with him.

  • jackasspuria


    Man! Please let it be the projector!

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    679.Reggiehater Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 2:25 pm
    Reggie just keeps confirming what I have said all along.He is not quaified to be a gm.Terrible november.REALLY? UP to the players? Same players he brought here.ALL bums.

    No cap room because of all the check cashers on the payroll.

    What if?

    Seymour, Kelly, DMAC, DHB, McClain, Branch, Palmer all played to their paycheck? what if they were good to elite?

    What would the record of the team be then?

    Reggie brought in some filler. that’s about it. He made a whiff with Briesel…but they are not paying him top dollar.

    Bartell and Spencer? That’s not a free agent bust that hurts the wallet.

    Now deAngelo Hall and Javon Walker…now that’s a free agent bust for ya

  • OneRaiderNation

    ““You gotta knock people off the ball,”


    That was occurring on a regular basis prior to your arrival in Oakland, Reggie.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Leadership takes responsibility….it does not look to deflect it…..

    THE GM and the Head Coach have taken NONE…..while the Owner has….

    We all have failings in life…..setbacks….but it takes a MAN to say “it’s my fault”….

    Mark Davis has done this….can’t say the same of the others…..ALL THEY ARE A PAID EMPLOYEES….WORKING LIKE ANYONE ELSE….FOR MONEY….

    These men are not loyal to the Raiders, they are loyal to what they ARE PAID…..

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Reggie is a liability.

  • Dan78

    jackasspuria Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Man! Please let it be the projector!
    In memory of AL
    Long live the projector…

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