Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain faces four misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident in his hometown of Decatur, Ala., in which he allegedly fired a pistol near the ear of an unnamed victim who was pleading for his life.
McClain was released after posting $2,000 bail Thursday, according to a statement released by Decatur Police Lt. John Crouch, after being charged with third-degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm within the city limits during an incident on Wednesday.
McClain also will be subject to NFL discipline, which could include fines and/or a suspension. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is aware of the situation.
A photo of a handcuffed and smiling McClain being placed in a police car was posted on the Decatur Daily website on Thursday.
The television station WAFF of Alabama later identified the victim as Rishard Tapscott, who said in an interview "it was basically like an ambush" and called himself a friend of McClain.
Absent from practice Wednesday and listed on the NFL injury report as having not participated because of an ankle injury, McClain, according to coach Hue Jackson, was excused to attend the funeral of his grandfather.
The statement, citing the police report, said police responded to an alleged assault, with the victim identifying the assailant as Jerradius Willingham. The victim was bleeding from the nose and mouth when speaking to responding
According to the statement, "The victim told officers that following the fight, he crawled to his car. He said that when he reached his car, Rolando McClain produced a pistol and aimed it at him.
"He said while he was still on the ground, McClain walked over to him and put the gun to his head. The victim reported that he begged McClain not to shoot him and that McClain took the gun away from his head, held it next to his ear and fired it."
Although officers initially responded to a report that said "shots" were fired, investigators believe only the single shot was fired.
Willingham was arrested on one count of third-degree assault and released on a $500 bond.
Talking with reporters before the announcement of McClain's arrest, Jackson said he was "comfortable" with the circumstances regarding the incident and expected McClain to play Sunday against Miami.
"I can tell you we understand and know exactly what's going on, and we feel very comfortable with our information," Jackson said, declining to elaborate.
After McClain's arrest, Raiders senior executive John Herrera said the club had no further comment.
Sentences for the offenses for which McClain is charged include jail time or hard labor of up to a year and fines of not more than $6,000 per charge. Mark McDaniel, a Huntsville, Ala., criminal defense attorney, told the Huntsville Times that McClain would be unlikely to do jail time if convicted since all the counts are misdemeanors.
It is the second time within a year that McClain has been connected to an incident involving gunfire in his hometown. Last Jan. 28 in Decatur, police responded to a report that a Chevrolet Tahoe owned by McClain was fired upon and recovered a bullet from the rear hatch.
There were no arrests or charges in that incident.
McClain also is facing a Morgan County civil suit filed in November 2010 by an Alabama student that claims the former Crimson Tide star hit him with a car and assaulted him in 2008.
Stanford Matthew Mangham is seeking $75,000 plus punitive damages, saying McClain hit him twice in an intersection with his car, then slung him to the ground, causing permanent injuries.
McClain's attorneys filed documents in court denying the claims. The case is set for June 5.
In his second year out of Alabama, McClain, 22, is coming off a solid game in a 25-20 win over the Chicago Bears. He reinjured his ankle on the first play of the third quarter but returned to the game, and is second on the team in tackles.
The No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 draft, McClain signed a five-year contract with $23 million in guaranteed money.