Ravens’ Rolando McClain Arrested In Alabama
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BALTIMORE (BALTIMORE SUN/WJZ) — Less than two weeks after signing a one-year contract with the Ravens, linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested in Decatur, Ala., and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
McClain, who is from Decatur and played college football at Alabama, was reportedly arrested after an incident at a park.
Police arrived at Pines Park in response to a reported disturbance.
According to reports, McClain and others were ordered by police to leave the park after a large crowd gathered, but he refused and cursed at officers.
McClain, 23, posted $1,000 bond and was released.
The Ravens were not immediately available for comment.
The arrest was the latest in a series of incidents for McClain that spurred his release by the Oakland Raiders earlier this month.
In January, McClain was arrested after he allegedly provided a police officer with a false name following a traffic stop.
A misdemeanor assault case against McClain in his hometown of Decatur, Ala., was dismissed last year when the alleged victim declined to go forward with the case after reaching a financial settlement with his former high school classmate.
McClain had been facing third-degree assault, reckless endangerment, illegal discharge of a firearm and menacing charges. McClain allegedly threatened to kill the man and fired a gun next to his head during a fight two years ago.
McClain, the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft by the Raiders, was suspended last season for two games for conduct detrimental to the team after he clashed with Oakland first-year head coach Dennis Allen.
Thin at middle linebacker after the retirement of Ray Lewis and the free agent departure of Dannell Ellerbe, the Ravens opted to give McClain a second chance, signing him for the league minimum base salary of $700,000 with incentives that could boost the overall value of his contract.
Before they signed him, McClain met with Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh.
Newsome said last week that he was open to giving McClain an opportunity.
“Rolando is just getting an opportunity to come and make our 53-man roster,” Newsome said. “That’s it…. As for how he is going to conduct himself here, he is coming here just to be a part of this football team.
I think the guys in the locker room will be able to provide him with the proper guidance that he needs as to the way John wants his football team and his football players to be.”
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