Raiders' McClain arrested for firing gun, assault


Raiders' McClain arrested for firing gun, assault

Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain has been arrested for discharging a firearm within city limits, third degree assault, menacing, and reckless endangerment after an incident Wednesday night in his Alabama hometown.
Lt. John Crouch of the Decatur Police Department told Comcast SportsNet that McClain has been charged and was held in custody after allegedly assaulting an individual, holding a gun to his head and firing a shot next to his ear.
I can tell you that Rolando McClain is under arrest," Crouch said. "Hes been charged with third degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm in city limits.

McClain posted a 2,000 bond and was released from custody around 2 p.m. PST Thursday.

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McClain, a former Universityof Alabama star, was in Decatur Wednesday when a fight broke out around 10:20 p.m CST.The Decatur Police Department released the following statement about the charges:

"Rolando McClain has been arrested by the Decatur Police Department in connection with an assault which occurred late Wednesday night. The victim in the assault reported that he had been at a residence on Skyview St. SW in Decatur when he got into a fight with another individual, identified as Jarodiaus Willingham. During the fight, the victim sustained injuries to his head and face. He was bleeding from the nose and mouth when speaking to the responding officers. The victim told officers that following the fight, he crawled to his car. He said that when he reached his car, Rolando McClain produced a pistol and aimed it at him. He said that while he was still on the ground, McClain walked over to him and put the gun to his head. The victim reported that he begged McClain not to shoot him and that McClain took the gun away from his head, held it next to his ear and fired it. Even though the initial report was of shots fired, investigators believe this was the only gunshot fired."For most misdemeanor offenses, officers can only make an arrest if the offense occurred in their presence. For this reason, officers did not charge McClain or Willingham at the scene. The officers filed a report and informed the victim that he would be contacted by investigators the following morning. After filing a report with the officers, the victim drove himself to the hospital."Earlier today, investigators met with the victim and assisted him in obtaining personal warrants for McClain and Willingham. At this time, Rolando McClain has been charged with Assault in the Third Degree, Menacing, Reckless Endangerment, and Discharging a Firearm Inside the City Limits. He is currently being held in the Decatur Jail until his bond of 2,000.00 is paid. Jarodiaus Willingham has been charged with one count of Assault in the Third Degree and has been released on 500.00 bond."NEWS: Victim in McClain arrest says he was ambushed
Crouch said that the gun allegedly used in the assault was not recovered.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello e-mailed Comcast SportsNet that the NFL "will look into it."
When reached for comment prior to news of the charges, the Raiders responded: "We are aware of the incident. At this time, we have no further comment."On Wednesday's injury report, McClain was listed as 'Did Not Practice' due to an ankle injury. Hue Jackson told reporters Thursday that McClain traveled to Alabama for his grandfather's funeral.CSN's Damon Andrews was at Jackson's press conference and said the Raiders' coach was confident that McClain would play Sunday in Miami, but wouldn't comment on whether he will be traveling to Florida from Alabama or California. However, at the time of Jackson's press conference, it was unknown that McClain was facing charges.
This is the second incident involving McClain and gunshotsin Alabama inthe last year. In January, someone opened fire at McClains Chevy Tahoe. McClaintold police he was driving past a group of people standing on a street corner whenan unknown individual started shooting. REWIND: Gunshots hit SUV driven by Raiders' McClain
McClain was unharmed in January because bullets did not penetrate thepassenger compartment, but officers removed one bullet from the rear hatch ofthe SUV.
The No. 8 overall pick of the 2010 draft has 57 tackles this season, including six in Oakland's win over the Bears on Sunday.

Although the circumstances were different, former Giants and current Jets receiver Plaxico Burress spent 20 months in prison on a gun charge.Burress pled guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon after a gun he was carrying accidentally went off in a nightclub in December 2008. The gun was not licensed in New York or in New Jersey, where Burress lived.Burress was suspended for four games by the Giants. He also was suspended by the NFL and declared ineligible to sign with a team until his jail term was completed.Burress' eligibility was reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after his release from New York's Oneida Correctional Facility last June.

Guy Fieri takes Marshawn Lynch to ‘Flavortown’ at Raiders practice


Guy Fieri takes Marshawn Lynch to ‘Flavortown’ at Raiders practice

The Raiders' offense can be full of iconic duos this season with quarterback Derek Carr.

Carr can hand the ball off to running back Marshawn Lynch, and he has the option of passing the rock to Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree or plenty of other targets. But on Wednesday, the Raiders found their real iconic duo in Napa -- Lynch and celebrity chef Guy Fieri. 

After practice, Fieri came to feed the Raiders with a haul of BBQ chicken. And he assured Lynch the Raiders were officially in "Flavortown" the moment they bite into his feast. 

It's unclear how well Skittles go with Fieri's chicken at this moment.

Marshawn Lynch should address why he sat for national anthem


Marshawn Lynch should address why he sat for national anthem

NAPA – Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem during Saturday’s exhibition opener against Arizona. We’re still not sure why.

It’s assumed by many to be in protest of racial inequality and mistreatment of minorities, a timely sentiment following racially fueled violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Uncertainty remains because the Raiders running back hasn’t explained his reasoning. He contemplated speaking after Tuesday’s practice but decided against it.

That leave us left to wonder what was going through Lynch’s head. Was this a case of Marshawn being Marshawn, an unorthodox fellow who often swims upstream? Was he simply enjoying a seat and a banana, or was it politically motivated and worthy of being lumped into national anthem protests by Colin Kaepernick and others in 2016 and Michael Bennett on Sunday?

It seems that way while connecting dots, especially with Lynch’s support for Kaepernick in a 2016 interview with Conan O’Brien. The public doesn’t know for sure. Bennett made his protest crystal clear on Sunday, with an eloquent explanation following Seattle’s exhibition against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Lynch could’ve cleared things up and didn’t. That leaves many left to wonder. Silence, in these cases, breeds speculation. We’ll try to avoid that here. Lynch doesn’t speak to the press, and I don’t mind a bit. This instance is an exception. Insight could direct this unguided narrative with a tweet, a statement or a few moments in front of a microphone. His message, if there is one, loses power without backing. If it was designed to illuminate issues in this country, Lynch must direct the spotlight. If his choice to sit wasn't socially charged, then let's put the issue to bed and re-focus on Raiders football.

It’s uncertain whether Lynch will address it this week, this season or ever.

The Raiders hope to avoid the topic altogether and let this incident blow over. It hasn’t been a major topic in the locker room. Head coach Jack Del Rio didn’t add anything in his Tuesday press conference, referring to a Saturday postgame statement on the matter where he called it a non-issue.

The Raiders’ belief, it seems, is that a fire won’t burn without fuel.

Del Rio strongly believes in standing for the national anthem. That’s been clear for a year, when he expressed that sentiment following Kaepernick’s anthem protests.

That didn’t stop Raiders linebackers Bruce Irvin and Malcolm Smith from holding up a fist during the national anthem a few times in 2016, though those actions didn’t last long.

Del Rio said Saturday that he respects the fact Lynch is his own man and hasn’t always stood for the national anthem. There were times in Seattle when he wasn’t present for the Star Spangled Banner. There were times he sat and times he stood at attention. He was never asked whether it was a form protest. Kaepernick started the movement last year, one Lynch couldn’t join while retired from football.

There’s no telling what Lynch will do Saturday against the Los Angeles Rams, the first time he’ll represent the Raiders in Oakland. No matter what he does, it’ll be news. With or without an explanation. Lynch doesn’t feel the need to satisfy public demand for insight, and won’t simply bow to public pressure.

Anthem protests can bring attention to social causes, but they’re polarizing to be sure. That’s the case in public, among football fans and cable-news junkies alike.

NFL locker rooms are full of different personalities, united under a common goal. Del Rio wants his guys focused only on that heading toward a season with lofty expectations.

“We want to have a collection of individuals that come together as a team to play football,” Del Rio told USA Today’s Lindsay Jones. “We don't need everybody in the organization to think the same way I think, or have the same feelings that I have about different topics.

“I mean, we're in America. That's one of the things we have. We have the freedom to be ourselves.”

Lynch is certainly his own man, a unique personality who has devoted great time, money and effort to improving his native Oakland.

Bennett explained his motivation for sitting during the anthem in a first-person narrative posted by Yahoo! Sports, and said seeing Lynch sit wasn’t a shock. Bennett also believes Lynch sat down for a cause.

“It didn’t surprise me that Marshawn Lynch sat, too,” Bennett said. “I think he’s one of the people in the forefront who are making changes in the community. That’s what he believes in. I think we both believe in our community, we both believe that people can be great. We don’t believe that this is the end; we believe there’s more out there – there are more things we can do as people, more ways to challenge ourselves.”