It’s been a tumultuous year for Baltimore Ravens linebacker Rolando McClain.
McClain was suspended for two games by the Oakland Raiders late last season and released by the team in April. He has also been arrested two times already in 2013. However, the charges stemming from at least one of those arrests appear to be in the rear-view mirror for McClain.
According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, McClain plead guilty to a window tint violation from his January arrest in Decatur, Ala. For pleading guilty to that charge, the police dropped a charge against McClain for providing false information. McClain had signed an expletive on his citation instead of his name. McClain has paid $186 to cover the fine and all associated costs with the arrest.
He still has charges pending for his arrest in April (also in Decatur) for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest as well as two outstanding cases for driving infractions.
It’s unclear how much longer McClain will be referred to as “Baltimore Ravens linebacker.” He doesn’t have much rope left to work with and his off-field issues could very easily affect his on-field availability for the Ravens. The multiple arrests could command disciplinary action from the league office. Not to mention it’s easy to question McClain’s decision to remain in Decatur after being arrested so many times. Whether the police force has it out for McClain or the environment of Decatur just leads McClain to run afoul of the law, it may not be a wise decision to remain there in the offseason.
While McClain’s talent once commanded a top 10 draft pick from the Raiders, the rest of the package may not be worth the hassle.