As Albert McClellan closes in on a starting job on the Ravens' defense, the outside linebacker is in the process of dealing with an accusation of domestic violence.
McClellan was arrested on June 30 in his hometown of Lakeland, Fla., and charged with battery (a first-degree misdemeanor), and simple assault with threat or intent to do violence (a second-degree misdemeanor), according to court documents obtained by The Sun.
Although the case remains active on the Polk County docket with a Sept. 27 court date, the alleged victim, a former girlfriend of McClellan's, has filed a waiver not to prosecute, according to McClellan's criminal defense attorney, David Kaylor of Lakeland, Fla.
"The state attorney's office is going to approach the case like any other and sort through it," Kaylor said Monday morning. "We respect the process. This is an unfortunate event and we are optimistic that it will be resolved favorably."
Added Ravens senior vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne: "Yes, we are aware and due process will take its course."
According to the incident report, police responded to a domestic disturbance complaint at the Comfort Inn where the alleged victim complained of chest and head pain and said she was breathing heavily because she was scared. However, she refused medical attention, emergency assistance or the use of an emergency shelter.
The investigating officer wrote in his report that the alleged victim complained of a sore right ankle, head pain and sore right eye, but there were no visible signs of injury.
The woman told police that she had been dating McClellan for two years and that they live together in Baltimore during football season and in Lakeland during the summer. She accused McClellan of speaking with a former girlfriend, which triggered an argument, according to the report.
McClellan allegedly took the woman's cell phone away and shrugged her off when she reached for the phone. The woman alleged that McClellan threw a lamp at her, which missed her and hit a picture frame.
The woman said she then attempted to call police and alleged that McClellan grabbed her by the waist and caused her to fall to the ground before then grabbing her by the ankle. The woman said she attempted to kick McClellan, but wasn't sure if she connected.
The alleged victim acknowledged that she made a negative comment about McClellan's deceased mother, which angered him.
The woman said that McClellan put a bible against her forehead and pushed her, causing her to fall onto a sofa bed.
The woman said McClellan "approached her in an aggressive manner," in the hallway, but didn't hit her. She said she stumbled and fell before throwing a cell phone at McClellan, which missed him and hit a wall.
The woman's 11-year-old daughter, whom McClellan allegedly said looked "like a lizard" during the argument with her mother after she insulted the linebacker's late mother, was present at the time of the incident and told police she saw McClellan throw a lamp at her mother and push a bible against her forehead.
The responding officer said that items were scattered around the hotel room with one lamp lying on the side of the floor next to a broken picture frame.
When the officer spoke with McClellan, he said he wanted to press charges against the woman for battery.
The NFL player told police that the argument stemmed from the woman alleging that he had been talking to a former girlfriend on his cell phone.
McClellan told police that the woman threw his computer at him and broke the picture frame, but the officer said that no computer was found at the scene.
McClellan said when he attempted to leave the scene that the woman kicked him in the groin area several times.
McClellan told police when a derogatory comment was made about his late mother that he grabbed the bible and pushed it against her head before leaving the room.
McClellan told police the woman tripped over her own feet and fell to the ground.
McClellan was arrested for battery and assault. According to the police report, he "unlawfully pushed the victim against her will and threw a lamp at her causing her to be in fear for her physical safety."
McClellan's agent, Glenn Lansky, predicted that the case will be resolved soon.
"The alleged victim has already filed a request not to prosecute, and we are confident that when all the facts are brought to light Albert's good, clean name will be restored," Lansky said in a telephone interview. "Albert has always shown himself to be honest and forthcoming and we truly believe that any and all allegations will be disposed of favorably for Albert. Because this is a pending case, Albert will have no comment at this time."
Lansky indicated that McClellan and he immediately informed the Ravens about the arrest earlier this summer.
"The Ravens are aware of it, the coaches are aware of it and they expect big things out of Albert this year," Lansky said. "He should have a great season this year and is excited about how things are going up there."
Under the NFL personal-conduct policy, McClellan is regarded as unlikely to face discipline from the league in the form of a fine or a suspension unless he's convicted of a crime.
McClellan, 26, is heading into his third NFL season. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound linebacker led the Ravens with a dozen special teams tackles last season.
He has started all three preseason games this month and is listed first on the depth chart at rush outside linebacker.
He started one game on defense against the San Francisco 49ers and recorded a career-high four tackles.
McClellan made the Ravens' practice squad two years ago as an undrafted free agent rookie out of Marshall, where he was an All-Conference USA selection and the conference's defensive Most Valuable Player.
He finished his college career with 230 tackles, 39 1/2 for losses, 19 1/2 sacks, seven forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun