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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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Cowboys DE Randy Gregory Reinstated, Will Join Team for Training Camp

Sean Martin



Will the Dallas Cowboys "Get Lucky" at Defensive End?

The Dallas Cowboys patience with Defensive End Randy Gregory has paid off. Suspended for the better part of 2016 and all of 2017, Gregory has officially been reinstated to join the team for their 2018 training camp. The projected starter at RDE, Gregory will report to Oxnard with the rest of the team on July 25th.

From here, it will be all hard work for Gregory to reconnect with Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli and get his promising career back on track. The last time Gregory suited up for the Cowboys, he managed to sack Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz in a week 17 win. The Cowboys will be expecting much more of this from a player they've supported through multiple violations of the league's heavily criticized substance abuse policy.

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Cowboys pass-rusher Randy Gregory's petition for reinstatement was not opposed, according to lawyer Daniel Moskowitz. He's back. "I've never been more proud of any individual in my life. I'm very excited for Randy and his daughter and the rest of the his family.

Among this support staff for Gregory were a number of teammates that wrote formal letters to the NFL as part of his bid for reinstatement. These last few days of preparation before the Cowboys are together again as a team will surely be uplifted by Gregory's presence.

They say no news is typically good news at this point in the offseason, something the Cowboys have come to realize far too often. Today's news shouldn't be confused with a pleasant surprise however, rather something the Cowboys were committed to in getting another premier pass rusher on the field.

Here is the NFL's official press release on their reinstatement of Randy Gregory:

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Cowboys & DeMarcus Lawrence Fail to Reach New Contract

Jess Haynie



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DeMarcus Lawrence will definitely be a Cowboy in 2018, but now the future  beyond that remains in question. The Dallas Cowboys and their star defensive end did not agree to a long-term contract by today's deadline for franchise-tagged players.

According to NFL rules, teams had until 4:00 pm EST today to reach contract extensions with free agents who'd been assigned the franchise tag earlier this offseason. Players who did not get new deals will have to play the 2018 season on their one-year franchise tenders.

Jon Machota on Twitter

DeMarcus Lawrence and the Cowboys were unable to work out a long-term contract by today's deadline. Lawrence will play the 2018 season under a one-year franchise tag that will pay him $17.1 million

This does not mean Lawrence will be a free agent in 2019. The two parties can still discuss the contract in the months to come, but the deal cannot be made until after the end of the regular season.

Dallas also has the option of giving DeMarcus a second franchise tag next year. However, that would come at a considerably higher price for a second-straight season.

This year, Lawrence will still make plenty with one of the highest cap hits of any DE in the league. He earned the franchise tag last with 14.5 sacks in a breakout season.

Today's news may not really be a big deal in the long run. As long as Tank wants to stay in Dallas after this, the two sides now have over five months to keep talking and will hopefully agree on a new deal for 2019 and beyond.

There is risk on both sides, of course.

Lawrence's leverage could be less if his productions drops or he gets injured. On the other hand, his position could be even stronger with a second-straight year of strong play.

Now everyone, from the team to player to fans, is in wait-and-see mode until the end of the season.

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Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make the Roster?

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The Dallas Cowboys aren't short on numbers at wide receiver on their current 90-man roster. Looking to replace Dez Bryant and reshape their offense, the Cowboys will have to find the right group of pass catchers for Dak Prescott at their upcoming training camp.

This group includes Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Lance Lenoir, Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Michael Gallup, KD Cannon, Mekale McCay, and Marchie Murdock.

The odd men out from this group will likely be the ones that can't sustain a consistent level of play, doing so across multiple units if needed. All ten receivers will have their flashes, but with only four being true locks to make the team, new Cowboys Wide Receivers Coach Sanjay Lal will be in on some tough decisions right away.

One such decision may be moving on from last year's seventh round pick Noah Brown out of Ohio State. Vouched for by former Buckeyes teammate Ezekiel Elliott thanks to his blocking ability on the outside, it may now be this strength in the run game and deficiency as a pass catcher that spells the end of Brown's run in Dallas.

Normally, a seventh round pick being on the roster bubble wouldn't be this noteworthy, but Brown clearly showed the potential to outplay this draft status as a rookie. Appearing in 13 games, Brown is a true X receiver, although not the dominant one the Cowboys are searching for.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Allen Hurns (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Moving away from fielding a true number one receiver, the Cowboys did sign Allen Hurns to play this spot while prepared to spread the ball around to Williams, Beasley, and Gallup after that.

This leaves Thompson, Wilson, Cannon, Lenoir, McCay, Murdock, and Brown to prove their worth in other ways to make the roster. I've written plenty about the potential rookie Cedrick Wilson has, so I'll be expecting a strong showing from him to earn a role in the Cowboys offense.

Wilson's skill set could push a depth signing like Deonte Thompson off the team, although his ability to back up Cole Beasley/Tavon Austin on special teams is important. The same can be said about Lance Lenoir, who like Brown has the advantage over first year players given his trials through training camp and the preseason a year ago.

Long shots to make the team, Cannon, McCay, and Murdock fall just below this group -- and somewhere in the middle is Noah Brown.

Increasing his role on special teams as the season went on last year, Brown had fans throughout a coaching staff that is now drastically changed for 2018. From their shift to more speed on offense, to drafting of both Gallup and Wilson, calling Brown a fringe player on the Cowboys roster really sets up the fiery competition to come at wide receiver.

Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make Cowboys Roster?

Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Should the Cowboys find a spot for Brown, one can only hope it means this new coaching staff has a clear plan for him to contribute on both offense and special teams outside of being a run blocker. A potential niche for Brown is his red zone ability, not afraid to put his body on the line for jump balls and fight through contact in his routes.

It won't be long until we sort out if this is enough to make the Cowboys as a wide receiver ahead of Quarterback Dak Prescott's third season.

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