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.