The jury is still out on Rolando McClain as an NFL middle linebacker. After two seasons he hasn’t been horrible but it’s not like he’s on his way to becoming the next Ray Lewis either. Then again, it’s only a matter of time until McClain resembles Lewis in one infamous way with the way he’s going. Unfortunately it’s in a way that has nothing to do with football. We’re talking about catching court cases here. Lewis was part of a controversial case years ago and McClain is well on his way to follow in that path.
Recently McClain settled a case from 2008 in which he was accused of intentionally hitting an Alabama student with his vehicle…twice. The suit also claimed that McClain rounded up some friends who then were accused of intimidating and assaulting the student.
Does that sound familiar in any way?
Those details of the ’08 trial bear a certain resemblance to another case McClain is involved with stemming from an incident that occurred just this past year. McClain is slated to stand trail May 17th for his arrest in 2011.
As for the 2008 case, that is now officially in the rearview. Originally the student was seeking $75,000 in damages for the ordeal. There was nothing reported on the details of the settlement but when is something like that ever made public?
What has become very public is McClain’s penchant for finding himself on the wrong side of the law. By settling the ’08 case he’s steered clear of any future legal issues on that front. A settlement is never an admission of guilt but it’s not exactly a proclamation of innocence either.
These are tenuous times for McClain. He doesn’t have Al Davis around to protect him any longer and there’s no Hue Jackson to enable him. Since he’s got real talent Dennis Allen and Reggie McKenzie are happy to see what he can do but you’ve got to believe they’re also willing to go another direction if they see fit. Rolando McClain is in the process of proving himself all over again so he’d be advised to lay low in the coming months. Something tells me McKenzie isn’t going to be laughing if McClain shows up smiling in another arrest photo.