- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Thursday was not a good day for Oakland middle linebacker Rolando McClain.
However, his legal fate in an Alabama assault case has not been sealed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He reports that after being sentenced to 180 days in jail, McClain's attorney, Harvey Steinberg, said McClain has filed a request for a jury trial and now, under state law, "the process starts all over again." Steinberg said McClain will be notified at a later date as to when the jury trial will begin.
McClain was arrested in November on misdemeanor assault, firearms and other charges after police said he fired a gun during a fight in his hometown of Decatur. He was home during a game week to attend a family funeral.
The fact that McClain will get a jury trial gives him a second chance. However, McClain will likely face a strong case against him. His co-defendant has already testified against McClain and there is a video of the alleged assault.
If convicted in the jury trial, McClain would likely have to serve some jail time. He could also face NFL discipline.