Rolando McClain made headlines in Baltimore before setting foot on the field. McClain signed a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens on April 10. His chances of playing like a Raven decreased when he was arrested for disorderly conduct Sunday night.
McClain was at a park in his hometown of Decatur, Alabama. He was among a crowd of approximately 700 people, the police ordered them leave. McClain refused to leave and cursed at the police, he was arrested on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
No report of alcohol or drug use. McClain was released after posting a $1,000 bond.
The Ravens were aware of McClain’s troubled past when they signed him to play middle linebacker with the hope that he would replace retired linebacker Ray Lewis. The Ravens were willing to give him a second chance, but that chance whittled away after this arrest.
McClain had several run-ins with the law, in January he was arrested after giving a false name to police after being pulled over for a window-tint violation on his car.
The Ravens have not released an official statement, a spokesperson told the Baltimore Sun, “We are seeking more facts on this. The only information we have at this time is from media reports.”
I’m not going to lie, I was miffed when I heard what happened, then I released that it’s not the end of the world. It is unfortunate that the Ravens were willing to give McClain a second chance and he failed to take it seriously. Better that this happened now instead of later.
I gave him the benefit of the doubt; chalking up his past indiscretions to being young and dumb. This should be the third strike and he needs to be called out. I hope the Ravens release him, he does not act like a Raven and he does not deserve to play for this fine organization. I hope the Ravens feel the same.