NFL Must Force Rolando McClain to Serve Sentence In-Season

In the case of Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain, who was sentenced to 180 days in jail Thursday after being found guilty on a number of charges (according to The Decatur Daily), the NFL shouldn't allow any tip-toeing around when McClain eventually does the time. 

But if the sentence does not require McClain to serve time during the NFL season—which, through appeals and other processes, is very common for athletes in trouble with the law—commissioner Roger Goodell should suspend McClain for the better part of the 2012 season. 

First, let's backtrack to the events that landed McClain in court in the first place. 

According to witness reports obtained by CSNBayArea, McClain allegedly made physical threats toward the defendant, Rishard Tapscott, and later fired a gun near the head of the victim during an altercation in December of last year near Decatur, Alabama. After Tapscott filed his report to the Decatur Police Department, McClain was arrested and sent to jail the next morning. McClain was charged with "third degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm in city limits," according to the Decatur Police Department.

Fast forward to Thursday, the date of McClain's trail, where a judge in Alabama found McClain guilty on all four counts. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and fined $2,000, but McClain is currently free on bond. A date on which McClain must report to jail has not been identified. 

However, Thursday's ruling was just one step in what proves to be a long process. 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, McClain's attorney is prepared to ask for a jury trail, a request that could reset the entire legal process for McClain's case.

Raiders LB Rolando McClain was sentenced today to 180 days in jail. But his attorney Harvey Steinberg said he has filed a request for a jury trial and now, under Alabama law....

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