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Oakland Raider Rolando McClain charged with assault for allegedly shooting gun during fight

Rolando McClain
Decatur PD
Rolando McClain
Decatur PD

(CBS/AP) DECATUR, Ala. - A linebacker for the Oakland Raiders was arrested Thursday after police say he fired a gun during a fight in his hometown.

Rolando McClain, 22, was charged with assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and firing a gun inside the city limits, after police say he held a gun to a man's head then fired it beside his ear.

McClain, who signed a $40 million, five-year contract with the Raiders in July 2010, was released on $2,000 bond. His attorney said he denies firing the gun and being involved in a fight.

Police said the victim, whose name was not released, suffered injuries to his head and face during a fight with another man who was also arrested and released. He was bleeding when officers talked to him.

"The victim told officers that following the fight, he crawled to his car," the police statement said. "He said that when he reached his car, Rolando McClain produced a pistol and aimed it at him. He said that while he was still on the ground, McClain walked over to him and put the gun to his head."

Police said the victim told officers "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."

Raiders coach Hue Jackson told the Associated Press that McClain was in Alabama for his grandfather's funeral and that he expected the linebacker to play this Sunday in Miami.