Raiders LB Rolando McClain has been sentenced to 180 days in jail and fined $2,000 for his involvement in a November 2011 fight in Decatur, Ala. The news was first reported by Michael Casagrande of the Decatur Daily.
McClain was charged with third-degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm. A judge found the linebacker guilty on all charges, after witnesses testified McClain pressed a gun to a victim’s head and fired a bullet past his ear.
The judge has not set a date when McClain must report to jail. He is currently out on bond.
The Raiders released the following statement:
"The Raiders are well aware of the proceedings in the Alabama courts today. 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 way we see it
Unless he is somehow able to push his sentence until after the 2012 season is over, McClain will miss the majority of Raiders games this season. Not only will he be in jail for nearly six months, but he is also expected to face some discipline from the league in the form of a suspension.
If McClain is unable to play, expect fourth-round rookie Miles Burris to see an expanded role in the Oakand LB corps. He is not the instinctive playmaker that McClain is, but he might be a better all-around defender and not be such a liability in pass coverage.