ESPN: Rolando McClain Placed on Waiver by Raiders

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OAKLAND, Ca. (WHNT) – Former Alabama Crimson Tide football star Rolando McClain’s time with the Raiders has come to an end.

The Oakland Raiders have waived linebacker Rolando McClain less than three years after drafting him eighth overall.

ESPN reported that McClain has issued a statement saying that he is no longer a part of the team.

“I’d like to thank the Raiders for giving me an opportunity to play in the NFL,” the linebacker said. “I’m disappointed that it hasn’t worked out better, but I’m very excited and thankful for the Raiders allowing me to get a fresh start. I will miss my teammates and wish them and the Raiders organization good luck going forward.”

McClain was found guilty in May 2012 of assault, reckless endangerment, menacing, and unlawful discharge of a firearm following an incident in Decatur where a man was beaten and threatened by McClain.  McClain is a Decatur native.  During the trial, several of McClain’s friends testified and gave conflicting reports of what happened.

McClain was arrested again in Jan for signing an expletive instead of his name on a ticket for having dark window tint on his vehicle.