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Linebacker McClain Plans to Retire From NFL After Latest Arrest

NFL Linebacker Rolando McClain
National Football League linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested in 2011 following a shooting in Alabama, and in May 2012 was convicted of four misdemeanors. Photographer: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Rolando McClain is planning to retire from the National Football League after a three-year career marked by off-field trouble.

McClain, 23, has informed Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome of his intentions, the team said in an e-mailed statement. No reason for the decision was provided.

A former first-round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders, McClain signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with Baltimore on April 12, and was arrested 10 days later in Decatur, Alabama. He was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to the Baltimore Sun, and released from jail after posting a $1,000 bond.

It was the most recent arrest during his three-year NFL career. McClain was arrested in 2011 following a shooting in Alabama, and in May 2012 was convicted of four misdemeanors. He appealed the charges, which were dropped when the accuser told prosecutors he did not want to pursue the case, according to ESPN.

McClain was also suspended two games last season for what Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen called a “team-related issue.” He was released by the team in the offseason.

Patrick Dye, McClain’s agent, did not immediately respond to message left at his Georgia office.

The eighth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, McClain had 246 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks and one interception in three seasons with Oakland.

-- Editors: Michael Sillup, Jay Beberman

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