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.
http://t.co/xjUdSKpv Yes, he's smilingIf you left work early Thursday, you might have missed the NFL's best arrest photo this year:
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?
Others took the time to educate the masses concerning Alabama's liberal approach to gunplay:
#Raiders MLB Rolando McClain are misdemeanors under Alabama law. Yes, even firing a gun next to someone's ear.All four charges against
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:
#rolltide sincerely, MilkmanRolando McClain, not surprised. One of the meanest people I've ever met. Beast on the field, ass off the field.
Guess Rolando McClain doesn't wanna play football again, at least not in the NFL. Dumbass.
Rolando McClain is still my dude