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May 22, 2012
Rolando McClain speaks on his legal situation

Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain issued the following statement this afternoon about his legal matters and did not take any questions from the media.

McClain was convicted of , reckless endangerment, illegal discharge of a firearm and menacing last week in Alabama. McClain was sentenced to 180 days in jail and is free while appealing the conviction.

It incident occurred last November when McClain was in Alabama for a funeral.

"I'm aware of the bad publicity that I've given the Raiders. I talked with Coach Allen. I have the support of the Raiders, my teammates, as well as the coaching staff. I apologize for the bad publicity that has been put out there. It is a legal process so I can't talk much about it but I think in due time if the Raiders and the Raiders fans that are out there, we'll all see, it will all come to an end and it is what it is. I can't really talk much about it but it will be resolved in the near future."

May 12, 2012
Greg Knapp talks about his return to Oakland

ALAMEDA - Former Sacramento State quarterback and longtime NFL assistant coach Greg Knapp is back with the Raiders as offensive coordinator.

Knapp's last stint on the coaching staff was up-and-down, to say the least.

He was brought on in 2007 by Lane Kiffin as offensive coordinator, even though Kiffin called plays on offense, and worked closely with JaMarcus Russell.

Four games into the 2008 season, Kiffin was fired after feuding with late owner Al Davis and Knapp assumed playcalling duties under then interim coach Tom Cable.

Cable, however, would eventually take over playcalling from Knapp that season.

Knapp would go on to become offensive coordinator in Seattle for the 2009 season and spent the last two seasons as quarterbacks coach in Houston.

Below are excerpts from Knapp's time with the media following today's rookie minicamp workout this afternoon where Knapp discusses his last stint in Oakland, working with Carson Palmer and how Russell played under him:



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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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