Just days after signing a one-year contract and receiving a second chance with the Baltimore Ravens, linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested Sunday in his hometown of Decatur, Ala., after being charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to Monique Jones and Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun.
The Ravens did not want to comment until more details about the arrest emerged, saying only (via team spokesman Kevin Byrne), “We are seeking more facts on this. The only information we have at this time is from news reports.”
UPDATE: Tuesday, Apr. 23, at 8:59 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun has the latest from the Ravens on Rolando McClain's arrest:
Ravens officials, deep in preparations for the start of the NFL draft on Thursday, said that they are reviewing the situation and had no immediate comment about McClain's status with the team.
'There is due process on this, and we are paying attention to that,' Ravens senior vice president for public and community relations Kevin Byrne said.
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According to Zrebiec, more details of the arrest have come to light, and they do not bode well for McClain and his hopes of making the Ravens’ roster:
Couple of things on McClain: He was already out on bond resulting from his January arrest in Ala. for providing false info to police.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) April 22, 2013
Court date for those charges is May 7. Prosecutor could now choose to have bond revoked and McClain to be held until court date.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) April 22, 2013
As for situation, police responded to a call about disturbance in local park. Witnesses told police that somebody had spit on McClain's car— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) April 22, 2013
and that resulted in disturbance. When police tried to disperse crowd, McClain allegedly walked by officer and said [Expletive] the police."— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) April 22, 2013
After he was informed that he was under arrest, McClain tried to jerk his arms away twice in process of getting cuffed, according to police— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) April 22, 2013
That resulted in resisting arrest charge.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) April 22, 2013
If all of these allegations against McClain are true, this is the lack of common sense that the former first-round pick exhibited while with the Oakland Raiders that made the team’s decision to cut him an easy one.
After signing McClain this offseason, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome told The Baltimore Sun about the troubled linebacker’s chance to make the team and how the franchise would handle his conduct:
Rolando is just getting an opportunity to come and make our 53-man roster. 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.
There is a very good chance that Ravens officials feel that these offenses are egregious and detrimental to the team, and there is little doubt that franchise will consider cutting the linebacker.
Should the Baltimore Ravens cut Rolando McClain?
As Zrebiec's tweets indicate, this isn’t the first time McClain has had trouble with the law, either. McClain had his most recent run-in with the law (prior to Sunday's arrest) on Jan. 8 of this year, after being arrested for lying to police about his identity (h/t NFL.com).
McClain was also arrested in May 2012 and was charged with four misdemeanors (h/t ESPN), but that case was dropped after McClain reportedly came to a financial agreement with the accuser.
The long history of problems with the law and a contract that can easily be voided are all signs that point to the Ravens cutting their ties with McClain and addressing their need at middle linebacker in the draft.