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Ravens LB Rolando McClain Retires From NFL Before Playing With Team

BALTIMORE (WJZ/AP)–Linebacker Rolando McClain is retiring from the NFL. This comes just shy of a month after he was arrested in Decatur, Ala., and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

“Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome stated. “We have placed him on the reserve/retired list.”

McClain, 23, signed a one-year contract with the Ravens as a free agent on April 12. Prior to joining Baltimore, he spent his first three NFL seasons (2010-12) with the Oakland Raiders after becoming the eighth-overall selection in the 2010 Draft.

Ten days after signing with the Ravens, McClain was arrested in Decatur, Alabama, and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

It was the third time McClain was arrested in Decatur since 2011. He was previously charged in a 2011 shooting, and police arrested him in January on charges of having his car windows tinted too darkly and trying to lie about his identity.

McClain was sentenced to jail on an assault charge after the shooting, but prosecutors later dismissed the case.

A city judge dismissed the January charge against McClain of trying to lie about his identity. He pleaded guilty to the window tint violation and paid a $182 fine.

McClain posted 274 tackles (195 solo), 6.5 sacks (-42.5 yards), one interception, one forced fumble and 23 passes defensed in 41 career games with Oakland.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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