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Ravens think McClain deserves (another) second chance

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The best thing about second chances is that an endless supply of them can be meted out — especially when the entity providing the second chances has just won its second Lombardi Trophy.

Yes, the Ravens believe that thrice-arrested and once-suspended (by the Raiders) linebacker Rolando McClain deserves a “second chance” in the wake of his most recent off-field incident.  That’s what assistant G.M. Eric DeCosta told the Baltimore Sun recently.

“I think this about McClain, he deserves a second chance,” DeCosta said   “If you asked him, he would probably admit to making some mistakes.  We think he warrants a second chance.  Obviously, he’s an Alabama guy.

“We have a relationship with a lot of Alabama players.  We get a lot of good information from Alabama because of Ozzie Newsome’s relationship with the school.  So, we think he deserves a second chance.”

DeCosta also expressed confidence in the team’s programs for keeping players out of trouble.

“We have a program in place for every single player who comes to Baltimore,” DeCosta said. “We have an  individual plan for every single player that gets mapped out before they come on campus.  Some guys have different issues.”

McClain’s issues generally arise from being physically present in Decatur, Alabama, since he seems to always get, you know, arrested when he’s there.  Since the Ravens didn’t keep him out of Alabama, they weren’t able to keep him out of his most recent bout of trouble — a disorderly conduct charge in Decatur.

The Ravens, like most teams at every level of football, pick their principled positions carefully.  A player regarded as a contributor gets a bag of second chances after getting in trouble, and a slappy who finds himself in the back seat of a squad car doesn’t get a second thought.

That’s the way it goes in sports, and it would be nice if someone/anyone would just admit it.

Then again, why admit what everyone already knows?

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46 Responses to “Ravens think McClain deserves (another) second chance”
  1. jessieboom says: May 7, 2013 1:54 PM

    No duh. Can’t be a Raven without a criminal record.

  2. ampats says: May 7, 2013 1:55 PM

    Part of his contract is a guest appearance on”The Wire”

  3. explosionsauce says: May 7, 2013 1:57 PM

    Translation: we really need a MLB

  4. peytonsneckl8 says: May 7, 2013 1:59 PM

    HTTR!

  5. tryingmybest2 says: May 7, 2013 2:00 PM

    But I thought the Ravens were of “high moral” caliber with an outstanding and respectable front office?? Disappointing.

  6. wchadwicks says: May 7, 2013 2:00 PM

    Somebody has to fill killer Ray’s shoes.

  7. steelrezerve says: May 7, 2013 2:04 PM

    Of course they do… its not like he’s a murderer…

  8. joetiburzi says: May 7, 2013 2:04 PM

    Of course they’ll give him another chance. He’s zero cost right now. If he’s a problem for the Ravens at any point they’ll cut him, but no need to do so in May.

  9. slayisland says: May 7, 2013 2:08 PM

    Seems like tha Ravens Are really desperate for that “Ray Lewis” replacement sheesh good luck

  10. jakec4 says: May 7, 2013 2:09 PM

    I can’t believe Harbaugh is going to put up with this guy, Alabama or not. I know the Ravens look weak at linebacker right now, but this Rolando goofball getting arrested five minutes after joining the team should have let them know what they needed to know. It was before the draft too. I guess they think he can play, but it’s hard to be on the field when you’re in the back of a police car for immature nonsense again and again. I hope they have a plan B. Urlacher for a year.

  11. slayisland says: May 7, 2013 2:11 PM

    Seems like tha Ravens are really Desperate for that “Ray Lewis” Replacement

  12. buzzbeaubank says: May 7, 2013 2:17 PM

    joetiburzi says:May 7, 2013 2:04 PM

    Of course they’ll give him another chance. He’s zero cost right now. If he’s a problem for the Ravens at any point they’ll cut him, but no need to do so in May.
    —————————-
    Please tell me this is the Joe Tiburzi from Portside soccer at duBurns on Monday nights…

  13. audioflint says: May 7, 2013 2:20 PM

    He is a potential starter. Those guys always get 2, 3, 4, 50 second chances, while the backups are used to make statements to the rest of the team. I’m a firm believer in the 7×70 biblical principal of forgiveness. But I also think that there are certain people who refuse to learn their lesson after receiving forgiveness and are considered ruthless or medically damaged. Both need help in one way or another, but pampering spoiled children rarely teaches them a lesson.

  14. mdagnew1 says: May 7, 2013 2:21 PM

    FYI… he hasn’t reported to Baltimore yet and isn’t getting paid a dime. Its a no lose situation. Start breaking balls when he’s on the final 53…my guess is he doesn’t make it..

  15. reed20fence says: May 7, 2013 2:26 PM

    The fans themselves are torn on this guy.

    On the one hand, most of us are homers and have a lot of trust in the front office and the ability of the organization to detox and properly indoctrinate and reform their players.

    On the other hand, how dumb do you have to be to get arrested 5 times (all within a 5 square-mile radius)?

    It is weird though that the guy has lived and played in Oakland for 3 years without so much as a speeding ticket or parking violation, but the second he sets foot in Decatur he’s all on the police department’s radar.

    Maybe that’s the way the Ravens see it?

  16. lovefootball4life says: May 7, 2013 2:28 PM

    The Ravens have 8 guys on the roster for ILB and they need to start two in their 3-4 with a couple backups. It is not a desperate move to give him a second shot. He’s a no risk option. Besides, what else would give the haters the chance bring up Ray Lewis again, and again.

  17. torturedraiderfan says: May 7, 2013 2:29 PM

    Not sure why the Ravens want to give this turd a second chance…..he’s not that good……Michael David Smith wrote this in PFT 11/28/12……….”McClain has been a starter in Oakland since the Raiders took him with the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft. Off the field, McClain recently got some good news when gun charges were dropped against him. On the field, McClain’s poor play has been one of the reasons the Raiders have one of the worst defenses in the NFL.”

  18. logicailvoicesays says: May 7, 2013 2:35 PM

    To be expected from the number two team in Maryland. A classy, dominant team like the Redskins would never be involved with such a troubled player.

  19. steelerfanjo says: May 7, 2013 2:37 PM

    Add him to the list of Raven Criminals. Ravens are the biggest joke in pro sports. What a shame the NFL and Roger Goodell look the other way every time a Raven commits a crime.

  20. randy8123 says: May 7, 2013 2:42 PM

    The only guy I’ve ever heard admit the way it really works is Jimmy Johnson – asked, after cutting a special teamer for sleeping in a meeting, what he would do if it happened with Aikman:

    “That’s easy – I would have gone over and said ‘Troy! Wake up!’ and then gone back to the meeting.”

  21. onbucky96 says: May 7, 2013 2:58 PM

    Of course he deserves another chance. The dude that BEAT THE RAP FOR MURDER is working for the alleged world wide leader in sports.

  22. ravensrooster94 says: May 7, 2013 3:00 PM

    I didn’t like this move when the Ravens originally signed him and I like it even less now. He won the Butkus award in college and hasn’t done jack since.

    I don’t care if he’s in the wrong place at the wrong time, or being picked by the local PD, or he’s just plain stupid – What in “stay the hell out of Decatur, AL” doesn’t he understand?

    Cut ‘em Ozzie.

  23. Joemontanaflacco says: May 7, 2013 3:03 PM

    steelerfanjo says:
    May 7, 2013 2:37 PM
    Add him to the list of Raven Criminals. Ravens are the biggest joke in pro sports. What a shame the NFL and Roger Goodell look the other way every time a Raven commits a crime.

    Generally, window tinting is not considered as severe a crime as rape. I realize that this may conflict with Pennsyltucky jurisprudence but it’s true nonetheless.

  24. mustangplayer58 says: May 7, 2013 3:10 PM

    “To be expected from the number two team in Maryland. A classy, dominant team like the Redskins would never be involved with such a troubled player.”

    LOL @ You calling the Redskins a Classy, and Dominant organization. You mean Dominant as having one of the worst owners in professional sports? A guy who spends a boatload of money on washed up free agents that just happened to get lucky enough to get a player like RG3? Or the Dominance of You guys being irrelevant and not winning a super bowl since 1991. Come on. I’m ashamed that the Ravens even have to share a state with that joke of a fanbase and excuse for an organization.

  25. siggtacular says: May 7, 2013 3:13 PM

    steelerfanjo says:
    May 7, 2013 2:37 PM
    Add him to the list of Raven Criminals. Ravens are the biggest joke in pro sports. What a shame the NFL and Roger Goodell look the other way every time a Raven commits a crime.

    Sounds like a crybaby Steelers fan is upset. Relax we all know you have SIX but we have TWO and counting… As an extreme Ravens fan I have nothing but respect for the Pittsburgh organization, but if you wanna talk morality, you guys need to check your quarterback in the late hours….

  26. phinfan says: May 7, 2013 3:16 PM

    Can we start a ‘Days without a Rolando Arrest Clock?’

  27. scoobies05 says: May 7, 2013 3:25 PM

    all the talk about morality is funny. if the guy can play teams try to make it work. i personally am not a fan of mcclain…i think he is more trouble then he is worth. but every team goes theough this. ray had his issues..so did ben. pitt has has more players arrested then baltimore in the last 10 years….and sad this stuff is tracked. bottom line is its a business and players are commodities

  28. noring4youstill says: May 7, 2013 3:36 PM

    Hey what do expect? They no longer have Ray Ray.

  29. ppdoc13 says: May 7, 2013 3:40 PM

    @logicalvoice – you are big on saying the same thing over and over but you don’t want to answer simple questions. When were the redskins last relevant? Would you rather the Danny as our owner or Stevie b? How badly does it grate on your nerves that since 2000 the redskins have made the playoffs once while the ravens have made the playoffs 9 times, the afc championship 4 times and won the SB twice. You talk trash but you can’t back it up. And you are too much of a weasel to answer anyone that calls you out. All this is typical of a fan of a team that is a constant loser

  30. braven4evr says: May 7, 2013 3:41 PM

    It’s Obvious McClain didn’t read, get or recognized the map; but then again maybe he did and just doesn’t think it applies to him!

  31. dalcow4 says: May 7, 2013 3:53 PM

    Second chance? To not window tint too darkly and not hang out in the park with his buddies?

    Stupid cops.

  32. garyhd01 says: May 7, 2013 4:08 PM

    he just plead guilty to a window tint violation tells me the police are afraid of coming up to a car not knowing if the people in the car may already have a gun pulled but this was not a gun crime and while I feel for the cops make them get out of the car hands up and then ticket them for the violation sounds like this is an unintentional overreaction by the police now mind you that’s one of the three incidents

  33. kennyr64 says: May 7, 2013 4:11 PM

    logicailvoicesays says: May 7, 2013 2:35 PM

    To be expected from the number two team in Maryland. A classy, dominant team like the Redskins would never be involved with such a troubled player.

    Haha, yeah…that’s about right. The Redskins put the “ass” in classy.

  34. Nofoolnodrool says: May 7, 2013 4:11 PM

    Sounds like a crybaby Steelers fan is upset. Relax we all know you have SIX but we have TWO and counting… As an extreme Ravens fan I have nothing but respect for the Pittsburgh organization, but if you wanna talk morality, you guys need to check your quarterback in the late hours….

    That’s rich coming from a team with an obstructor of justice in a MURDER case as their long time hero at MLB. Ben wasn’t convicted or plead to nothing. Ben is no angel, but no one died during his indiscretions …can’t say the say for Ray. Ravens can’t moralize about nothing as you will accept a murderer(not convicted).

  35. cfeeley52 says: May 7, 2013 4:26 PM

    steelerfanjo says:
    May 7, 2013 2:37 PM
    Add him to the list of Raven Criminals. Ravens are the biggest joke in pro sports. What a shame the NFL and Roger Goodell look the other way every time a Raven commits a crime.
    ————————————–
    and yet it’s perfectly fine when they look the other way after Roethlisberger rapes two girls in two different bar bathrooms…? SMH…

  36. scoobies05 says: May 7, 2013 4:29 PM

    wrong again nofool. the men who died were killed due to the men on trial having been said to act in self defense. no matter how hard you try you cant change the facts

  37. Joemontanaflacco says: May 7, 2013 4:41 PM

    Ask nofool about the cop who had to resign after heading up the Big Ben rape investigation.

  38. Nofoolnodrool says: May 7, 2013 4:53 PM

    Joemontanaflacco | May 7, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT
    Ask nofool about the cop who had to resign after heading up the Big Ben rape investigation.

    And that proves what. Is anyone dead? Are there any missing white suits? Don’t be silly. Never went to trial.

  39. rockthered1286 says: May 7, 2013 4:57 PM

    @logicalvoice
    In terms of playoff appearances since 2000, the Skins are actually the 6TH WORST in this state:
    -Ravens (9 appearances)
    -Capitals (7 apeparances)
    -DC United (6 appearances)
    -Wizards (3 appearances)
    -Orioles (1 appearance and actually won a game)
    -Deadskins (1 appearance and lost)

    Explain that “dominance” hoss?

  40. ddogdaddy says: May 7, 2013 5:01 PM

    @mustangplayer58
    @ppdoc13
    @kennyr64

    Hey guys please don’t respond to this idiot. You think you are responding to logicalvoicesays who is a fool and even Redskin fans are ashamed of his stupid comments. But now we have a pathetic loser that just wants to be noticed by using the name logicailvoicesays. Don’t give this dumbass what he craves, attention.

  41. crownofthehelmet says: May 7, 2013 5:03 PM

    @Nofool and JoeHanahMontanaFlacco,

    It is possible to dislike the person, and still be glad he plays football for your team.

    For instance, I wouldn’t want to go have a beer with Ben or Ray, for fear of getting assaulted or murdered, but I’d be happy to have em both on my team (in their prime ). I’m positive you feel the same way.

  42. Joemontanaflacco says: May 7, 2013 5:08 PM

    @nofool
    Officer Blash interviewed Big Ben, then openly trashed his accuser. Suddenly, Blash resigns and prosecutors announce they can’t make a case. And then….

    “Photos surfaced online a week later of Roethlisberger smiling alongside Blash at the Milledgeville nightclub where the alleged assault took place. Blue said the photos were taken hours before the allegation was made.”

    THERE’S your missing white suit!

  43. realfootballfan says: May 7, 2013 5:19 PM

    Anyone who seriously thought this guy would get cut over a questionable to begin with harmless disorderly conduct arrest is an idiot.

    That being said, McClain is a dummy for continuing to go back to his little hometown when you know trouble follows you every time you’re there.

  44. Nofoolnodrool says: May 7, 2013 5:29 PM

    THERE’S your missing white suit!

    Wrong! That’s your idea of a missing white suit. But hey you are missing the point or choose to ignore a missing piece of evidence that could have shed blood.. I mean light on the fate of the TWO DEAD men. You don’t want to find the white suit. Smh

  45. mazblast says: May 7, 2013 6:16 PM

    Fellow Steelers fans, this has nothing to do with our team. Leave the six rings out of the discussion. The Ravens won the Super Bowl this year, they won it legitimately, so we have to assume that their organization knows what it’s doing.

    I may disagree with giving this tool another chance, but I have to respect the Ravens for knowing their stuff. WE HAVE MORE LOMBARDI TROPHIES BUT THEY HAVE THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE, THE CURRENT ONE.

    And Rolando, let me be one of many to say, “Stay the heck out of Decatur.” I don’t know if the cops are intentionally looking for you, or if you just act like a doofus when you’re there–or both. Just stay away. Move to Baltimore and concentrate on football, why don’t you?

  46. scoobies05 says: May 7, 2013 8:48 PM

    just out of curiosity columbo….what difference would finding the white suit make. im sure there is blood on it…ray was at the scene. what you wont accept is that the two men who died instigated the whole affair and were killed by the other two men who were ruled to be defending themselves. this is all in the public record and that wont change no matter how much you want it to

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