Raiders MLB McClain arrested, charged with assault

Posted Dec. 01, 2011 @ 5 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Raiders MLB Rolando McClain was arrested in his hometown of Decatur, Ala., on Wednesday for discharging a firearm within city limits, third-degree assault, menacing and reckless endangerment.

McClain, who was granted time off from the team following the death of his grandfather, allegedly assaulted a man and stuck a gun to his head following a fight on Wednesday evening, according to the Decatur Police Department. As of Thursday afternoon, he was still in custody, CSN Bay Area reported.

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 Jerradius 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. Jerradius Willingham has been charged with one count of Assault in the Third Degree and has been released on $500.00 bond."