The Rodney King beating it isn’t but video of the incident involving Rolando McClain’s arrest last year has surfaced and the Decatur Daily has it via an anonymous source. If you do view the video be warned that there is some language that isn’t recommended for the work place.
What you won’t see on the video is any proof of the allegations that McClain fired a handgun within earshot of the victim or that he laid hands on anyone.
However what you’ve got to be asking right about now is why is there video of this in the first place and just who leaked it? What’s more is that we’re not talking about a single video here. What was submitted to the Daily is a “composite of videos taken on witnesses’ cellphones”.
As it stands McClain isn’t with the Raiders during their initial OTAs as he’s slated to stand trial tomorrow. Even though none of the allegations against McClain are corroborated by the video(s) there has got to be some serious concern.
Obviously someone in the McClain circle isn’t keeping this entire incident under wraps which could mean conflicting testimony might be entered when the trial gets underway. Also, it would appear some of the video has been edited. If that’s the case then who knows what else has been captured and will be entered as evidence.
Hue Jackson was more than willing to give McClain a pass for his poor judgment allowing the then second year linebacker to play without penalty. Even the football warden himself, Roger Goodell, turned a blind eye to the incident when he’s made suspensions in the past without waiting for a court ruling (see Ben Roethlisberger). However depending on how things shape up Reggie McKenzie might not be as forgiving.
But we’ll have to let this process play out first.
Could be that the leaked video might be a ploy to try and taint the jury. Then again, this could be the best example yet of why it’s time for McClain to make a few changes in his life. I’m not one to say you should turn your back on friends and relatives just because your life is headed in a new direction but at some point you have to know who is down for your cause and who is looking for a meal ticket. McClain needs to know better because the next time something like this happens could be the last time we refer to him as a pro football player.