According to reports, Rolando McClain was present during an incident in Alabama, last night, in which a fight occurred involving gunshots and a man being injured. Beyond that not much else is known so any further speculation would be wrong. For all we know McClain’s involvement could be limited to a case of wrong place wrong time.
However why McClain was in Alabama in the middle of the week is another story to which the Oakland Raiders should have an explanation for.
As it stands the Raiders are preparing to play the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. McClain was not in practice yesterday presumably because he was to receive treatment for his bum ankle.
Why Rolando was back home in Alabama is a mystery.
Again, for all we know the Raiders could have given him time off for something personal. That is between McClain and the team. However, given that this is the second time this year in which McClain has been involved in an incident in which gunshots were fired in Alabama it stands to reason that the team owes an explanation.
To be sure McClain might not be responsible or directly involved in any way. But doesn’t the franchise have a vested interest in what their employees are doing during a work week?
Under Al Davis the Raiders rarely shared information with the press or public. That is fine so long as any issues are kept in house. When a story like this breaks then it takes on a life of its own. A very public life.
Good luck keeping that quiet, Amy Trask.
It is not the Raiders’ job to babysit their employees. We are talking about adults here. This is not college football. Problem is this did not occur during a bye week or an off-day. So why was McClain not present with the team in some capacity on Wednesday?
Let’s make it clear that the only reason this is “news” is because McClain plays pro football. Otherwise you’d likely have to live in Decatur, Alabama, to catch wind of this “story”. But that is precisely why the Raiders have to offer more than a generic statement.
I fully understand that since there is an ongoing investigation that the Raiders must be careful in what is made public. For the sake of staying in front of the story Oakland needs to address the issue before Hue Jackson is painted into a corner by news hungry reporters.
Incidents such as these can have long reaching effects. For now there isn’t much to discuss without knowing all the facts. But that is only because we’re not privy to any specifics on the happening. Now where we can get some answers are from the Raiders.
As for McClain. Let’s just say that once is an accident twice is a pattern. Not assigning blame here but just hoping his judgment is sound.