By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
12:34 AM EDT, April 26, 2013
The status of Ravens middle linebacker Rolando McClain remains a fluid situation.
McClain is out on bail after being arrested last week in his hometown of Decatur, Ala., and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Following a history of legal problems when he was with the Oakland Raiders, McClain quickly ran afoul of the law again after signing a one-year contract with a maximum value of $1.1 million and no guaranteed money.
McClain is still on a roster that's thin on inside linebackers following Ray Lewis' retirement and Dannell Ellerbe signing with the Miami Dolphins. However, his latest off-field issue was upsetting to team officials after he had previously met with general manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh to discuss their expectations of him.
Newsome indicated no change in the status of McClain, a 2010 Raiders first-round draft pick who had told Madison Weekly in Alabama prior to this arrest that he intended to stay out of Decatur to avoid further trouble.
"I knew he was going back to Decatur, but that's still a process," Newsome said when asked about where McClain stands after this latest incident. "We're still working our way through it."
The prosecutor in Decatur opted to not file a motion to have McClain's bond revoked from an arrest in January where he violated the window tint code and provided false information to a police officer.
McClain allegedly incited a crowd during his third arrest in a 16-month span, saying '[Expletive] the police,' while walking away from an officer.
Offseason conditioning programs aren't mandatory, and McClain hasn't been participating in the Ravens' workouts at team headquarters.
"You can't require anybody to be here," Newsome said. "It's all voluntary."