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Rolando McClain Found Guilty

Brian Leatherman



Cowboys Blog - Rolando McClain Found Guilty

A judge in Alabama found [su_lightbox src=""]Rolando McClain guilty[/su_lightbox] on both misdemeanor charges earlier today, from an incident that occurred in Decatur, Alabama in 2013.

McClain's sentence is for 18 days in jail for saying "F#@! the police" and jerking away from an officer who came up from behind him. McClain left a small scratch on the pinky finger of one officer.

McClain's attorney had this to say after sentencing:

[pull_quote_center]I felt like I ran into the only person in the entire state of Alabama who would convict him on this evidence[/pull_quote_center]

I felt that if McClain was found guilty, and had to serve jail time, a lot of the reasoning would be because this is the third incident in 17 months for McClain.  That indeed looks to be the case.  The report also states the sentencing is being appealed by McClain's attorney.


Brian has been a football junkie from the time he was 5 years old. He lives, eats and breathes the game. Brian is a college graduate living in the south who loves his faith, his family, and his Dallas Cowboys.

  • Aziz Mooshoolov

    This was only determined by one judge. The appeal will go before a jury, and likely won’t happen until 2015. From what I saw, there is no way a jury of 12 people will all convict him on these misdemeanors. One of his attorneys told me he expected today’s result; city judge, same building as the city cops. etc. But the media was shocked at the guilty verdicts. Others, including me, have wondered why this has gone this far. I’m told the city offered to let him pay a $200 fine and be done with it. After today, I know why. He doesn’t think he’s guilty.

    The prosecution showed the patrol car camera video. Hundreds of people were at a the park. McClain walked past the officers. Someone can be heard saying ‘F the Police’. It is reasonable to believe he said it, but there were at least 15 people between him mand the cops, and they were behind him as he kept walkng and could not see his face.

    The officers, without identifying themselves as officers or saying that he was under arrest, tried to cuff McClain. He could not see them coming from behind, so he may have thought it could have been anyone in a crowd of about 700 people who was grabbing his arm. There is no clear cut visual evidence that he swung his arm away. What IS clear is that the sitaution escalated when an off duty officer in plain clothes grabbed McClain. He was actually trying to keep McClain calm (he, like most of the cops here, knows him). That officer’s momentum caused McClain and the officer behind him to all move, and a crowd of people simulatneously got upset and surrounded them.

    The prosecution claims that shows McClain’s alleged expletive incited the situation. His defense counters the situation only escalated when the third officer intervened. That appears to be obvious from the video. No one in the crowd reacted until they put their hands on him, which was a good 5 to 7 seconds afterwads. During a break, the media all agreed that what was supposed to be the prosecution’s key evidence was actually McClain’s best evidence.

    Even if he said “F You”.-which is not proven beyond any reasonable doubt-that is not a reason for arrest. His big time attorney from Denver cited several US Supreme Court and Alabama Supreme Court rulings that say just that. It CAN be considered disorderly conduct IF it does or could be potentially cause disorder. Disorder happened upon the officers’ actions. And there was no evidence that he resisted arrest outside of the officers’ testimony.

    Inside info (off the record for my job, but not here) Before the trial, the prosecutor went into the side room where McClain was with his attorneys. The Denver guy said,” Can we just drop this, please?” She said she couldn’t. Then McClain told her that he knew she was doing her job (she’s been on his previous cases, too) and he held no grudges at all. He said he’d made some stupid mistakes, and that he’s just trying to do the right things and be a good dad. He actually started crying, and I’m told she became a little emotional too. After the guilty verdict, the prosecutor waived the requirement that he has to stay in Alabama so that he can go back to Oxnard.

    The video also ran on him as they took him to jail. He said, “I’m done” The cop said, “What do you mean?” McClain said, “I’m done. There are a thousand people there, and you say I said something and arrest me. I just got a $700,000 deal with Baltimore. And now I’m done.” The cop answered, “No, you’re not. You didn’t kill nobody, Rolando.” McClain said, “I’m done. You can’t expect to get arrested three times in two years and play in the NFL. It doesn’t work like that.”

    His local attorney told me he is sending the video (we could not get access to display it today) to Jerry Jones because he wants him to see what BS this is. I’m rooting for the guy. he’s dropped his hometown boys, and I’m told he really needed time to get his head clear in Tuscaloosa, that he was so filled with pressure that he was close to a breakdown. The hangers-on were no help, either. Saying “F the Police” is stupid, and he’s done dumb and dangerous things before, but he seems ready to be a man. And he’s only 25. Sorry so long, but since I was there I figured I’d give a first hand account

    • Bryson Treece


      Sounds like a cop got offended and picked a reasonably possible source and acted. Doesn’t excuse taking it so far as a trial of any kind, or trumping up the charges, but it is what it is. I just hope he keeps his head and doesn’t go all “Pacman” on us. Thanks for the update Aziz.

    • bleatherman2011

      Appreciate the first hand knowledge, better than any report I’ve read across the net. Sad thing is, most of what you said wont get out like it needs to be

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February 20 is an important day for NFL clubs this year. Why? It's the first day in which teams can franchise tag any player. Since 2015, when the Dallas Cowboys tagged Dez Bryant before they were able to work out a long-term deal, Jerry Jones & Co. haven't used the franchise tag. In 2018, though, that will change.

DeMarcus Lawrence just played his best season yet in 2017, and he's looking to get paid big time. Through three years, he had been able to rack up nine sacks, 52 tackles and three forced fumbles. In just 2017, he sacked opposing quarterbacks 14.5 times, had 35 tackles and managed to force four fumbles.

Not only did Lawrence look like an elite pass rusher, but he also improved as a run defender a lot. The Cowboys have been looking for a "War Daddy" for a long, long time and Lawrence seems to be the answer for this football team.

After such a big year, one would expect the Cowboys to sign him to a multi-year enormous contract. But there's a catch. Lawrence failed to remain healthy early in his career and really didn't make as much of an impact until last season.

There's no question that D-Law will be wearing a star come the 2018 NFL season, but will he be doing it under a long-term deal or under a franchise tag?

David Moore on Twitter

Cowboys will not place franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence tomorrow as that window opens but will do so by March 6 w/ understanding the goal is to reach a long-term deal. Both sides have until July 16 to make that happen.

For now, according to David Moore from Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys will franchise tag Lawrence with the objective of getting a deal done in July. The tag however, is not expected to be placed as soon as possible.

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In 2015, the Cowboys didn't place the franchise tag on Dez Bryant until the final deadline day. This year's deadline is March 6th, so it may be two weeks before they make it official with DeMarcus Lawrence. #CowboysNation #DallasCowboys

What would franchise tagging DeMarcus Lawrence mean for this team?

First of all, they'd make sure he doesn't hit free agency in March. This gives the front office time to get to work and restructure players' contracts if they have to in order to open up as much cap space as they can before giving him a deal.

It's worth mentioning as well, cap savings from players who are designated as post-June 1 cuts will already be available. If you want to be more familiarized with the Cowboys' cap situation, I highly recommend you read John Williams' deep dive on the matter.

It'll continue to be a very interesting story for this offseason, as handing a franchise tag to a player tends to become a non-friendly situation for both parties. Let's hope that's not the case for the Cowboys and Lawrence this year and that everything works out fine.

Here at Inside The Star, we'll continue updating you and the rest of Cowboys Nation throughout the offseason.

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This is exactly what Jaylon Smith did on Twitter Friday afternoon, posting a Snapchat video of himself bowling. The caption on Twitter adds that Smith was enjoying his time at the lanes for the first time in two years.

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The Dallas Cowboys proved to be that team, using the 34th overall pick on the Notre Dame star and supporting his efforts to return to the field from day one. The entire Cowboys' organization was rewarded by Smith remarkably playing every game this season, inspired by his constant determination to do just that.

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Also, what if he has another rough year? At what point does quarterback become a position that needs to be evaluated if he continues to struggle?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that will be the case. In fact, I have a lot of faith in Dak. I think he's shown a lot to be excited about and I definitely believe there's a "quarterback curve" in the NFL. Hopefully, #4 finds a way to get back on track in 2018.

A reason to be optimistic about Prescott's future is an impressive stat from NFL Next Gen Stats. Turns out, Dak Prescott ranked first in the NFL in "tight window throws" completion percentage with 45.8%.

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Dak has a long way to go before being considered an excellent quarterback in the league, but a bad season like 2017 doesn't mean it's the end of his career and that the Dallas Cowboys should start Cooper Rush over him.

It's not the first quarterback who struggles one year and he won't be the last one to bounce back from one. As of right now, Dak Prescott rightfully is the Dallas Cowboys QB1. Hopefully he has a better year next season.

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