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Raiders' Rolando McClain arrested after ticket signature incident

January 10, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • Rolando McClain leaves the Decatur, Ala., police station after posting bail Tuesday.
Rolando McClain leaves the Decatur, Ala., police station after posting… (Brennen Smith / Associated…)

Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain was pulled over Tuesday afternoon in Decatur, Ala., for driving a car with overly dark window tinting. That seems simple enough. You get a ticket, sign it and go about your business after promising to have the issue fixed. But not if you are McClain.

Rather than signing his name to the ticket, he reportedly signed an obscenity followed by "y'all." When asked by police to sign his name properly, McClain said "That is my name."

McClain was then arrested and taken to jail. Lt. John Crouch, a Decatur police spokesman, said McClain would not have been arrested if he had signed his actual name.

However, the fun was just beginning. At the station, McClain showed police a letter from a doctor saying he had "photosensitivity and needed maximum ultraviolet radiation protection to include window tinting."

Police said that was invalid because it wasn't written on a prescription form.

McClain was released on $1,000 bail.

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