Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain released a statement about his arrest Thursday via his attorney, Billy C. Burney II, according to SB Nation. McClain was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, reckless endangerment, menacing, and discharging a firearm within city limits after police said he shot a gun during a fight in his hometown of Decatur, Ala., where he was attending his grandfather's funeral.
Burney told The Associated Press that McClain was innocent and believed he would be cleared of all charges.
The Decatur Daily reports that Christian Tapscott, 23, said in court documents filed in Decatur Municipal Court that both McClain and a friend of his, Jarodiaus Willingham, beat him up. Willingham punched Tapscott in the face, breaking his nose, and McClain also punched him, causing Tapscott to have swollen eyes and a concussion.
After Tapscott crawled to his car in pain, McClain walked over to him, threatened to kill him, and fired a shot next to his ear.
Lt. John Crouch, a police representative, told the Decatur Daily that Tapscott was bleeding from the nose and mouth when speaking to officers.
Willingham was released on $500 bail, while McClain was released on $2,000 bail.
McClain was officially ruled as questionable for this week's game against the Miami Dolphins according to the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News. Although he hasn't been ruled out yet, he could potentially not play if coach Hue Jackson comes out unhappy from what the paper calls a face-to-face meeting in a few hours. McClain wasn't at the Raiders facility Friday.
Both Jackson and the NFL may impose harsh penalties on McClain soon. However, NFL representative Greg Aiello said the NFL will follow the legal process before making any disciplinary decision on McClain, according to the Mercury News.
It will be reviewed under the league's personal conduct policy we do not have an estimated timetable, Aiello told the paper via email on Friday. It is a legal matter and we will follow developments.
News of McClain's arrest spread quickly, but an image of the linebacker at the time of his arrest may have spread even quicker. McClain is seen cocking his head to one side with a wide smile on a squinted face before he was put into a police vehicle, suggesting to many that he did not take the arrest seriously.
Check out the picture of McClain below: