McClain: "They arrested the wrong guy"

McClain: "They arrested the wrong guy"
April 26, 2013, 11:15 am
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The Rolando McClain situation might be starting to take another turn, based on what the recently-signed Ravens linebacker said to the Madison (Ala.) Weekly News on Friday.

McClain was arrested last Sunday in Decatur for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and spoke with the Madison Weekly News about the situation this week. He was released Sunday night on $1,000 bail.

According to police reports, the incident took place as police were trying to break up a big crowd at Pines Park. The police said someone cursed at them, but McClain said in the newspaper article that it wasn't him, as he was at the park only to calm his brother down due to some things that had happened there. 

"The situation could have been avoided on my part, but I was at the park in an attempt to keep my brother out of trouble as he said he was going to the park because some guys had spit on his car and had harassed him," McClain said in the newspaper interview. "The police were already at the park when I arrived. I tried to get my brother to calm down. Police thought I cussed them. It wasn’t me. They arrested the wrong guy."

McClain signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Ravens earlier this month, and the team hasn't said much about the incident. GM Ozzie Newsome was asked about it at the press conference after the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, but kept his comments to a minimum.

“I knew he was going back to Decatur, but that’s still a process," Newsome said at the press conference. "We’re still working our way through it.”

McClain's had other off-the-field issues during his brief NFL career. Most of them have been well-documented in Baltimore since the team signed him, and the Ravens will need to decide what path to take with the linebacker.