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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

On Rolando McClain

No surprise the Raiders suspended Rolando McClain. He may never play for them again. And I don’t feel sorry for him. He seems like a questionable guy. Still, this whole thing is no good for the Raiders and gives the impression, along with how badly they play, that this is a team in chaos.

Rolando McClain kind of apologizes

I read an article in the Chron this morning in which Raiders LB Rolando McClain apologizes: “I apologize for the bad publicity that has been put out there,” he was quoted as saying. Wow, that’s  quite an apology. He never says, “I apologize for what I did.” That direct statement would have been good but perhaps because his case is on appeal he can’t say that. He might have said, “I apologize for this whole incident,” or “I apologize for… Read More »

Rolando McClain and the Raiders’ dilemma

Here is the opening to my Tuesday column about Rolando McClain, apparently a gunslinger. The Raiders should flee from Rolando McClain. As you surely know, a judge in Alabama recently convicted McClain, the Raiders’ first-round draft pick in 2010, on four misdemeanors. They are third-degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm in city limits. If McClain serves the time, he will be in jail 180 days and would miss all of next season. The conviction stems from a… Read More »

Hue Jackson all over the place re: Rolando McClain

Hue Jackson today spoke about Rolando McClain at his weekly news conference. He explained why he said harsh things about McClain early on but backed down from those remarks later and let McClain play in Sunday’s defeat in Miami. I believe Jackson means to do and say the right things. I still am not impressed by how he handled this situation and I think it may have implications for the kind of leader he is. I wrote my Tuesday column… Read More »