Rolando McClain's Epic Arrest Picture Blows Twitter Up

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Rolando McClain, in case you're unaware, is a professional athlete who plays for the NFL's Oakland Raiders. McClain was very recently arrested for allegedly holding a gun to the side of someone's head and discharging the weapon next to the person's ear. Whenever a professional athlete makes the news in such a manner, the reaction, especially in today's age of instant communication, is swift.

In McClain's case, however, his newfound Internet fame is owed just as much, if not more, to the amazing image that resulted of his apprehension than the alleged crime.

The image, and the details of the crime, were recorded at the SFGate's Oakland Raiders section, and the article in question has a high resolution version of the image in question. It's definitely worth the click.

Needless to say, McClain's inopportune grin has caused a level of viral popularity for the linebacker, especially in the land of Twitter, where McClain was clowned, scolded, and even complimented for his choice in arrest photos. While his mugshot photos weren't nearly as fun as the arrest image was, they, too hit the sports blogs because of the subject matter.

Rolando McClain is absolutely awesome at getting arrested: #picture 4 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

If you left work early Thursday, you might have missed the NFL's best arrest photo this year: Yes, he's smiling 3 hours ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

Not a laughing matter, but this photo of Raiders 'backer Rolando McClain is the funniest arrest picture I've ever seen. 19 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Others were less impressed. In fact, Peter King seems downright offended:

And you, Rolando McClain. Just shameful. In town for your grandfather's funeral? And, allegedly, you point gun at man's head? Who ARE you? 20 hours ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

Others took the time to educate the masses concerning Alabama's liberal approach to gunplay:

All four charges against #Raiders MLB Rolando McClain are misdemeanors under Alabama law. Yes, even firing a gun next to someone's ear. 21 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

As long as the bullet doesn't penetrate anyone, it's all good in Alabama, apparently. The fan reaction was split between support and admonishment:

Rolando McClain, not surprised. One of the meanest people I've ever met. Beast on the field, ass off the field. #rolltide sincerely, Milkman 3 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

Guess Rolando McClain doesn't wanna play football again, at least not in the NFL. Dumbass. 14 minutes ago via txt · powered by @socialditto

Rolando McClain is still my dude 19 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

As for McClain, he apparently hasn't returned to Oakland as of this time. His lawyer is, of course, maintaining his client's innocence.