Former Cowboys and Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested Friday on gun and drug charges after being stopped for a possible window-tint violation. The incident occurred in Hartselle, Ala., near his hometown of Decatur and about two hours north of Tuscaloosa, where McClain helped the Crimson Tide win the 2010 national championship.
According to multiple reports, a police officer pulled McClain over, then smelled marijuana. A search of the former player’s car revealed some pot and a gun for which McClain did not have a permit.
McClain was charged with second-degree possession of marijuana, carrying a firearm without a permit and a misdemeanor equipment violation (per Decatur Daily), and he was booked into Morgan County Jail on $2,000 bond. An attorney for McClain said his client was on his way to visit family in Decatur when he was stopped.
“It was a small amount of marijuana and it was a misdemeanor,” said the attorney, Carl Cole, noting that after McClain was released from jail Friday, he made a “priority” of picking up his children from school. Cole added, “He’ll have an appearance to make in July and hopefully we’ll handle it then.”
McClain, 27, last played in the NFL in the final game of the 2015 season, when he was in his second season in Dallas. Multiple substance-abuse suspensions since then have kept him out of the league.
An all-American at Alabama and the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft, McClain spent three seasons in Oakland before being waived in April 2013, following inconsistent play and several arrests in Decatur. He was quickly signed by the Ravens but announced his retirement a month later.
After missing the 2013 season, McClain returned to the NFL with the Cowboys, and he played well enough to earn a new contract. However, he was given a four-game substance-abuse suspension to start the 2015 season, and he was subsequently reported to have an addiction to codeine, reflected in a taste for an illicit beverage known as “Purple Drank.”