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Still no decision on Rolando McClain’s status

Darren Sproles, Rolando McClain

Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain, right, puts a hit on San Diego Chargers running back Darren Sproles in the first half during their NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, in San Diego. Sproles stayed down on the field after the hit, before being attended to by team trainers. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)


Raiders coach Hue Jackson met with Rolando McClain on Saturday, two days after the second-year middle linebacker was arrested on a variety of charges in Alabama relating to the alleged pointing of a gun in another person’s face.

Paul Gutierrez of reports that Jackson and McClain met on Saturday. Jackson said that no decision has been made regarding McClain’s status for Sunday against the Dolphins.

“We’ll see,” Jackson told Gutierrez at the team’s South Florida hotel. “I feel very comfortable that we’re getting down to the issues with him. This is something he has to learn from, we all have to learn from.

“I will make the best decision for the organization and the football team.”

Jackson added that McClain is “remorseful, and he should be.”

But will Jackson teach McClain a lesson by sitting him? If McClain were a backup, he’d be benched or worse. Jackson, however, needs McClain, and Jackson likely will find a way to let McClain help the Raiders beat the Dolphins.

It’s a double standard that applies at every level of every sport. The stars get special treatment, and the slappies get slapped around. The Raiders have an opportunity to break the pattern and take action against McClain.

Within the next 17 hours or so, we’ll find out what they choose to do.