We knew early today that Ravens linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and now a lieutenant in the Decatur, Alabama police department has shared some details of what led to McClain’s arrest.
Lt. John Crouch was a guest on the Norris and Davis show — hosted by former Baltimore police commissioner and sometimes actor on The Wire Ed Norris — on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore and said that police had been called to a park in Decatur because of reports of a disturbance. When police arrived, they heard someone in the crowd yelling “f— the police” as they tried to get the scene under control.
“It appeared that whoever it was was trying to get the crowd stirred up,” Crouch said. “They eventually identified the person in the crowd, moved in and told him he was under arrest for disorderly conduct. At which point, he tried to jerk away. The officers grabbed his arms, he continued to struggle, trying to pull the officers further into the crowd. They did eventually get handcuffs on him. At that point, they recognized him as Rolando McClain.”
McClain is well-known to police in the area as a result of his previous brushes with the law, some of which are still pending and Crouch said it was possible that this arrest could threaten bonds posted in those cases. Crouch also said there was no sign of intoxication and that he felt McClain brought this arrest upon himself.
The Ravens, who signed McClain to a low-risk, non-guaranteed $700,000 deal for the 2013 season have yet to make any move regarding McClain’s status, but it wouldn’t be surprising if they decided to look elsewhere for help at inside linebacker while leaving McClain with plenty of free time to address all of his legal matters.