By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
3:24 PM EDT, July 9, 2013
Retired Ravens middle linebacker Rolando McClain filed not guilty pleas to charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest Tuesday through his attorney, according to Decatur Municipal Court clerk Jessica Haggard.
During the arraignment in his hometown of Decatur, Ala., McClain was assigned a Dec. 12 court date.
McClain was arrested April 21 at a park in Decatur after allegedly saying "[Expletive] the police," after they responded to a disturbance, according to police reports.
McClain allegedly twice pulled his arms away from officers when they attempted to arrest him. He was released on $1,000 bond.
McClain, 23, subsequently was placed on the reserve-retired list after informing Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome of his intentions to step aside from football to get his life in order.
Drafted eighth overall by the Oakland Raiders in the first round in 2010 out of Alabama, McClain was a consensus All-American and Butkus Award winner for the Crimson Tide.
However, McClain struggled on and off the field in three NFL seasons. He was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team last season by Raiders coach Dennis Allen when he lost his starting job.
Last year, McClain was convicted in municipal court of third-degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and illegal discharge of a firearm in the city limits. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail for allegedly threatening to kill a man and discharging a gun next to his head during a fight two years ago.
The case was dropped on appeal after McClain's former high school classmate told prosecutors that he didn’t want to go forward with the case. McClain had reaching a financial agreement with the alleged victim.
In January, McClain was arrested following a routine traffic stop and charged with a window tint violation and providing false information to police. The linebacker allegedly refused to sign his real name on the citation, choosing instead to write “[Expletive] y’all.”
McClain pleaded guilty to the window tint violation, paying a $186 fine in exchange for the city dismissing the false information charge.
McClain signed a one-year, $700,000 deal that included no guaranteed money. The Ravens retain his contractual rights and can activate him at any time, but it doesn't look like McClain intends to change his mind at this time.
He's back in school at Alabama, coach Nick Saban announced at a recent speech at Tennessee Wesleyan College.
"I know a lot of people get disappointed in Rolando McClain and a lot of the things he's struggled with," Saban said. "But he's with us now. That guy was a phenomenal leader. He affected everybody in the organization at a time when we needed leadership because we had a lot of bad things happen when I first got there."
McClain issued a statement when he retired through his agent, Pat Dye Jr.
"Clearly, my decision to retire has raised some questions," McClain said. "Quite simply, I love football, but I have decided at this time it is in my best interest to focus on getting my personal life together. Beyond that, I'm not sure what the future holds for me, including football.
"This was entirely my decision and the Ravens have been very supportive during this process. I am very grateful for the opportunity they gave me and wish them the best of luck in the future. God willing, maybe I'll play for them one day."
Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec contributed to this article.