Rolando McClain pleads guilty
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Rolando McClain has pleaded guilty to a charge in Decatur, Ala., of violating rules on car window tint, while a charge of lying about his identity was dropped, The Baltimore Sun reported.
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McClain, 23, was due in court Tuesday but paid $186 to settle the fine and court costs, according to the newspaper. When he was arrested in January, McClain signed an expletive on the citation he received from police instead of his name, resulting in the false identity charge that was dropped.
McClain is still due in court on July 9 on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest from an arrest in April. Police allege that he yelled obscenities at police officers as they were trying to disperse a large crowd of more than 700 people at a local park and then tried to pull away from officers after he was told he was under arrest.
In an interview with the Madison Weekly News last month, McClain denied the allegations.
"I tried to get my brother to calm down. Police thought I cussed them. It wasn't me. They arrested the wrong guy," he told police.
McClain said the April arrest brought him to tears because he feared what it would mean to his status with the Ravens.
"I haven't cried in years, but I had tears in my eyes. I wasn't going to let my brother get into a fight," he told the newspaper.
Decatur police responded to McClain's interview with the Madison Weekly News by saying he wasn't being completely accurate.
"At no time did he deny yelling towards the officers or did anyone in his group of friends," police spokesman Lt. John Crouch said, according to AL.com. "He says he had tears while in the back of the police car, and our officers noted he was talking with them the entire ride to the jail and they did not observe tears either."
Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said Monday at The Baltimore Sun Sports Forum that he believes McClain deserves a "second chance," when he was asked about the linebacker's status with the team.
"I think this about McClain, he deserves a second chance," DeCosta told the newspaper. "If you asked him, he would probably admit to making some mistakes."