Video emerges on eve of Rolando McClain trial


Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain is set to appear in court Thursday on charges of third degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

On the eve of McClain's trial, a disturbing video emerged that could threaten McClain's case.

The Decatur Daily obtained video that claims to show McClain and his friend Jarodiaus Willingham attacking the alleged victim Rishard Tapscott. In the video, Tapscott is seen getting punched and kicked by Willingham.

The video does not show McClain hitting the victim or brandishing a firearm, which he is alleged to have done. The video appears to be a composite of several cell phone videos taken. The video ends after someone off camera threatens to shoot.

"It's obvious that McClain has been edited out of parts of it, but it matches up perfectly with (the victim)'s statements of it," attorney Carl Cole said. "I think this shows that there may be cracks in Willingham and McClain's circle of friends. They may not all be willing to hide what happened that night."

McClain has been absent from Raiders OTAs this week in order to handle his legal issues.