Professional football player Rolando McClain has seen a simple vehicle traffic law violation turn into something far more serious after providing law enforcement with a rather interesting signature.
According to reports, the Oakland Raiders linebacker was pulled over by police in his home town of Decatur, Alabama earlier this month for having vehicle windows that exceeded local codes for tinting and clarity.
When prompted to sign a citation for having the illegal window tint, McClain allegedly wrote "[Expletive deleted] y'all."
In response, local police placed him under arrest for providing a false name to a police officer, a misdemeanor. He was then taken to the local jail where he was booked and released a short time later on $1,000 cash bail.
It's the second time in a little over a year that McClain, a former All-American at the University of Alabama, has run afoul of local authorities.
Back in November 2011, he was convicted of assaulting a former friend and sentenced to a six-month stint in jail. However, a judge later dismissed the case after his friend agreed to drop the charges.
While McClain has indicated that he feels as if he is being singled out by local law enforcement, the police insist that his windows were darkened to such a degree that law enforcement could tell nothing about the driver.
"The tint was so dark that [the officer] immediately recognized that it was darker than what's allowed by law. He couldn't tell anything about the driver -- couldn't tell if it was male or female," said a police spokesperson.
It is worth noting that McClain allegedly provided the police officer who pulled him over with a handwritten letter from his doctor, explaining that McClain has a photosensitivity that required protection from ultraviolet radiation and that this was why he needed the excessive window tinting.
Police officers still issued McClain a ticket, indicating that while the doctor's note should have been written on a prescription pad, he could still present it to a judge on the court date.
They then asked him to sign the citation, which led to the aforementioned trouble.
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