After he was given permission to go home to Decatur for the funeral of his grandfather, McClain, the No. 8 overall pick of the 2010 draft, was arrested on firearms, assault and other charges after being involved in a fight Wednesday night.
Lt. John Crouch of the Decatur Police Department released a statement Thursday saying McClain allegedly fired a gun beside a man's head. The statement says the man begged McClain not to shoot him.
This obviously will be disturbing for the team and for the NFL to digest.
McClain was taken into custody on Thursday and held on $2,000 bond. Before McClain’s arrest, Oakland coach Hue Jackson told reporters Thursday he was in contact with McClain and he was confident the matter would be resolved favorably.
“I can tell you we understand and know exactly what’s going on, and we feel very comfortable with our information and we don’t have any further comment at this time,” Jackson told reporters.
Now, that he has been arrested, you have to wonder if McClain – who has 57 tackles this season – will play at Miami for the first-place Raiders. Also, McClain may eventually face league discipline for the arrest as well.
While McClain is innocent until proven guilty, McClain and the Raiders will have to deal with this distraction in the interim.
UDPATE: The Oakland Tribune reports McClain has been released on bail from jail.
UPDATE: The photo that goes along with this story will not do McClain any favors in the court of public opinion.