Alabama All-SEC Linebacker Rolando McClain Could Be Charged in Fight

Mike DockeryCorrespondent INovember 14, 2008

According to Ian Rapoport of the Birmingham News, All-SEC linebacker and Alabama’s leading tackler Rolando McClain could face criminal charges in connection with an altercation that occurred on campus last Thursday.

UA officials have confirmed "a verbal exchange...that escalated into a fight" between a football player and two members of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.

Although neither the football staff nor the university has released the name of the player involved, independent reports, based on witnesses’ statements to the UA Police Department, say that the player was McClain.

The victim in the incident, which occured between the fraternity's house and the nearby football dormitory, sustained minor injuries and refused medical treatment.

Unsubstantiated rumors have quickly spread around campus, suggesting that the victim instigated the incident, which escalated when the victim used a racial slur.

A UAPD report indicates that McClain could be charged with third-degree assault, harassment and two counts of reckless endangerment, all misdemeanors under Alabama law.

The victim has yet to sign an arrest warrant; he has one year from the day the report was filed in which to do so.

There is no word on whether McClain will face disciplinary action from the team in connection with the incident.

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