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Report: Rolando McClain cleared of assault, weapons charges

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Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain was facing several misdemeanor charges for an incident in Alabama last year but those charges have been dropped according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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In the week leading up to the Raiders' week 13 trip to Miami last season, Rolando McClain was excused from practice and allowed to attend the funeral of his grandfather. That week he was involved in an altercation that resulted in his being charged with several charges including assault, menacing, and discharging a fire arm. Those charges are all misdemeanors in the state of Alabama.

The incident as the alleged victim explained was that he was assaulted by McClain and others and then McClain put a gun to his head and discharged it by his ear.

He had been convicted by a judge in Alabama and sentenced to 180 days in jail. But he requested a trial by jury and the process therefore started all over again. He was set to go to trial in May but today, for reasons unknown, the charges were dropped.

Typically in cases like this, a settlement was made with the alleged victim in the case.

But regardless of why, McClain is now very unlikely to see a suspension from the league for the incident.

Due to McClain's reduced playing time and large salary, the Raiders may very well be looking to trade him this offseason and without a looming suspension, that becomes far more possible.