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McClain pleads guilty to window tint violation, false information charge dismissed

FootballRolando McClainOakland RaidersEric DeCosta

Ravens linebacker Rolando McClain, who was originally scheduled to be at the City of Decatur (Ala.) Municipal Court tomorrow, has pleaded guilty to a window tint violation stemming from his arrest in January following a traffic stop. In exchange, the city has dismissed the charge of providing false information to police during the arrest.

McClain, who signed an expletive on the citation rather than his real name, thus resulting in the providing false information charge, made an online payment of $186 to settle the fine and court costs and any other fees associated with this case. He is no longer required to be in court tomorrow.

However, he still is currently due in court on July 9 because of his most recent arrest on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. The arrest, which occurred at a Decatur park after police responded to a disturbance, came on April 21, just nine days after the troubled linebacker was signed by the Ravens.

During the incident, McClain, 23 allegedly incited the crowd by saying, “[Expletive] the police’ as he walked away from a police officer.

McClain also has two other outstanding cases on charges of reckless driving and driving an uninsured vehicle set in Morgan County Circuit Court in June.  Those cases were appealed from the city of Decatur.

Overall, McClain, a former first-round draft pick by the Oakland Raiders, has been arrested three times in the past 16 months.

Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome was noncommittal when he was asked last week about McClain’s status.

“Right now, we've got 90 football players and he's one of the 90, and we're going to make determinations [on] who we think is going to be in our top 53,” Newsome said. “We'll start making decisions and there are going to be some tough decisions, but right now, Rolando's still a part of our football team.”

Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta was asked a general question about McClain on Monday night at the Baltimore Sun Sports Forum. He said: "We think he warrants a second chance."

The Ravens used their second-round pick in last week’s draft on Kansas State middle linebacker Arthur Brown, leading to some speculation that McClain could be on his way out.

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