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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.


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  • 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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Travis Frederick Regains Strength in Hands, Influence in Cowboys OL Room

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The Dallas Cowboys are coming off their most impressive win of the season, keeping playoff hopes alive on the road with a 27-20 victory at the Philadelphia Eagles. Entering the hostile home of the defending Super Bowl champions with three previous road losses already on their record, the Cowboys performance on Sunday night was truly about getting back to their roots. In their second week with Marc Colombo as the Offensive Line Coach, the Cowboys rushed for 171 yards and protected Dak Prescott very well. It was revealed after the game that Frederick was on a coaches headset with Colombo and his new assistant Hudson Houck.

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Travis Frederick just told @BenRogers on @1053thefan that Marc Columbo has him on a coaches headset now helping him and Hudson Houck. That's a smart move from Columbo. Smartest guy on the line

The anchor of the Cowboys offensive line since being drafted in 2013, Frederick is regarded as the smartest linemen on the team. It's his mental edge that's made up for a slight lack of size at the position, regarded as one of the worst first round picks in his draft because of this oversight.

Not only is Frederick a welcome addition to the Cowboys brain trust at offensive line, but he did receive some great news on his battle with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) that's kept him out this season. Frederick was placed on injured reserve on October 6th, announcing publicly his GBS diagnosis on August 22nd.

Frederick has a long way to go before he's playing football again, not eligible to do so until week 14 at home against the Eagles. Regaining feeling in his hands is about the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee getting as healthy as possible away from football. If a return to the Cowboys is possible through his recovery, the team would of course welcome Frederick.

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What Frederick has gained in upper body strength, he must remain patient for in the lower body. While pointing out that over 95% of patients make a full recovery from GBS, Frederick is still waiting to feel sensations in his feet.

The Cowboys have been optimistic that Frederick's condition was caught early enough for a full recovery to be probable.

Dallas' schedule doesn't get any easier following their uplifting win. Returning to the site of last year's demoralizing loss at the Falcons, Frederick likely wishes he could make a miraculous return just a bit more this week.

To make matters worse, Left Tackle Tyron Smith did not practice on Wednesday due to back spasms. It's unknown if rookie Connor Williams will reclaim his starting left guard spot on Sunday, or if Xavier Su'a-Filo has earned another opportunity.

Despite the patchwork nature of a Cowboys offensive line once regarded as the best in the league, and still vital to the entire team's success, Dallas has an abundance of hope that Sunday in Atlanta can be much better than 2017. This starts with Frederick's strength to fight GBS and attempt to rejoin his teammates, wisely given some added game day influence on them by Colombo.

If elevating their level of play up front was all it took for the Cowboys to play up to their potential and pull off an upset on prime time last week, the NFC East is certainly still within reach for a team that must now sustain the level of play on offense to match what this defense has given all season.

Tell us what you think about "Travis Frederick Regains Strength in Hands, Influence in Cowboys OL Room" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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You already knew that Leighton Vander Esch, the Dallas Cowboys rookie linebacker, had a great night last Sunday in Philadelphia. Apparently the rest of the football world agreed, and now he's been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

The award is the first of what could be many for Leighton, who has emerged as a defensive leader for the Cowboys. He's been playing more in the absence of veteran Sean Lee, who has been battling hamstring issues all season.

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THE. WOLF. HUNTER. Congratulations to #DallasCowboys rookie LB @VanderEsch38 on being named NFC Defensive Player of the Week! →

This is the second Player of the Week award for a Dallas Cowboys this season. Kicker Brett Maher won the Special Teams version in Week 4 after going 4-for-4 and hitting a game winner over the Detroit Lions.

The Defensive Player award hasn't gone to a Cowboys since Week of 2017, when DeMarcus Lawrence put up three sacks against the Arizona Cardinals.

Leighton's recognition is also well-earned. He led Dallas with 13 tackles and an interception in a pivotal road victory against a division rival. In what was arguably a "must-win" game for the Cowboys, their first-round pick stepped up and stood out.

A few more games like this, and Vander Esch could be in the running for the Defensive Rookie of the Year. But even above personal accolades, Leighton's play could help the Cowboys make a push in the NFC East.

If nothing else, he's making that first-round pick look smarter every week.

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Staubach had this to say when asked about Dak Prescott.

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Roger Staubach didn't start in the NFL until the third year of his career and thinks that's a good time for the quarterback to make the jump. At this point, we are 40 games into Dak Prescott's NFL career and we can see some of the things that he's good at as well as some of the things that he struggles with.

As Staubach points out, Dak Prescott has the intangibles that you look for in a quarterback, even if his play hasn't been what you'd want at the position. Roger admits that Dak shoulders some of the blame for the offensive woes of the last 16 games, but realizes that there are  many reasons for the Cowboys offensive failures this season.

Roger Staubach believes that the Dallas Cowboys can win with Dak Prescott as their starting quarterback despite some of the flaws that have crept up over the last 16 games. He's not wrong.

Staubach's pretty accurate in his assessment that there's been more good than bad. If you look at the first 24 games of Dak Prescott's career, he was really good. Through the last 16 games, he's struggled at times. So technically there's been more good than bad. The problem is that over the last 16 games, there's been more bad than good. The NFL is a "what have you done for me lately" league and lately Dak hasn't done much. We can debate all day on how much of the struggles Prescott's faced are on him, but everyone should be willing to admit that some of the struggles are on him.

It's plausible that the confidence in Prescott that Jerry Jones has comes from Roger's belief that the Cowboys can win games with Dak Prescott at quarterback; and they have. In Prescott's career, the Dallas Cowboys are 25-15. Though wins are a team stat and not a quarterback stat, it just goes as evidence that Dak Prescott can be a winning quarterback in the National Football League.

Dak has some flaws, but the offense and its play caller haven't helped Prescott much this season. We should be critical of Prescott because he has a big pay day coming, if you believe Jerry Jones. While Dak has some flaws, he also has some traits that can make him a good quarterback in the NFL with the right coaching situation behind him. 2018 may be running out of time for the Dallas Cowboys and their playoff prospects, but the Cowboys have time before they have to make a decision on Prescott.

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