Rolando McClain Says He Is Innocent, Might Be Worth Listening


Aug. 17, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders linebacker (55) Rolando McClain against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

So Rolando McClain has officially proclaimed his innocence.

McClain said today that the police arrested “the wrong guy”.

"The situation could have been avoided on my part, but I was at the park in an attempt to keep my brother out of trouble as he said he was going to the park because some guys had spit on his car and had harassed him, The police were already at the park when I arrived. I tried to get my brother to calm down. Police thought I cussed them. It wasn’t me. They arrested the wrong guy."

I find this interesting and pretty credible to tell the truth. If you read this blog regularly, you know that I haven’t been taking it easy on McClain. I recently referred to him as a “useless thug”. My criticism has been harsh and consistant. but this has me a bit puzzled. I have wondered how a guy on his last leg in the league could be so stupid as to try to incite a riot, I think very little of McClain, but that seemed too dumb, even for him.

McClain also says he broke down in the police car because he knew that might be the end of his career.

Many people, myself included, have wondered why the Ravens didnt cut him immediately following the incident. This could very well be the reason why. The Ravens were willing to take a chance on him and thought he had it in him to be a changed man and stay on the straight and narrow. At this point it doesnt cost them anything to see this through until the end of the process. It could also be part of the reason the Alabama court system didnt revoke McClains bond when they had the chance. The policeman that arrested him should have a dash cam and there very well may be footage of the incident. if the footage doesn’t match the police report verbatim the defense could have an easy in to getting the case thrown out.

Time will tell how this plays out, but as harsh as I have been on McClain, I am willing to wait it out and see what happens here. If he is indeed telling the truth and the police got the wrong guy, then I probably owe McClain an apology. For the record, if McClain stays with the team, he would be a really good complement to Arthur Brown in the middle, just sayin.