By By Monique Jones and Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun
Apr 22, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Less than two weeks after signing a one-year contract with the Ravens, linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested in Decatur, Ala., on Sunday and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
McClain, who is from Decatur and played college football at Alabama, was arrested after an incident at Pines Park, according to a police report.
Police officers arrived at Pines Park in response to a reported disturbance, resulting from what witnesses said was somebody spitting on McClain's car, according to Lt. John Crouch, the public information office for the Decatur Police Department.
McClain and others were ordered by police to leave the park after a large crowd gathered. In the process of walking away, McClain allegedly said "[Expletive] the police." Crouch said the comment was audible on the microphone the officer wore.
When he was informed that he was going to be placed under arrest, McClain twice pulled his arms away from the arresting officers, resulting in the resisting arrest charge.
McClain, 23, posted $1,000 bond and was released. However, he was already out on bond after his arrest in January for providing false information to police following a traffic stop. The court date for those charges is May 7. Prosecutors could decide to have McClain's bond revoked and have him held until that date.
"We are seeking more facts on this," said Kevin Byrne, the Ravens senior vice president for public and community relations. "The only information we have at this time is from news reports."
The arrest was the latest in a series of incidents for McClain that spurred his release by the Oakland Raiders earlier this month.
In January, McClain was arrested in Decatur after he allegedly provided a police officer with a false name following a traffic stop.
A misdemeanor assault case against McClain in Decatur was dismissed last year when the alleged victim declined to go forward with the case after reaching a financial settlement with his former high school classmate.
McClain had been facing third-degree assault, reckless endangerment, illegal discharge of a firearm and menacing charges. McClain allegedly threatened to kill the man and fired a gun next to his head during a fight two years ago.
McClain was initially convicted of four misdemeanors, but appealed the verdict and the case is now resolved.
On the field, McClain, the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft by the Raiders, was suspended last season for two games for conduct detrimental to the team after he clashed with Oakland first-year coach Dennis Allen.
Thin at middle linebacker after the retirement of Ray Lewis and the free agent departure of Dannell Ellerbe, the Ravens opted to give McClain a second chance, signing him for the league minimum base salary of $700,000 with incentives that could boost the overall value of his contract.
Before they signed him, McClain met with Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh. Newsome said last week that he was open to giving McClain an opportunity.
"Rolando is just getting an opportunity to come and make our 53-man roster," Newsome said. "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."