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Ravens remain vague on Rolando McClain

4/26/2013

When linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested Sunday night for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, a spokesman for the Baltimore Ravens said the team was reviewing the situation. On Thursday night, general manager Ozzie Newsome was still vague on McClain's status with the team.

McClain had previously said he would stay out of his hometown of Decatur, Ala., to avoid getting into trouble. He's now been arrested three times there.

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

My initial reaction remains the same: The Ravens need to cut ties with McClain. There's a chance the Ravens could do that, especially if they address inside linebacker in the second or third rounds Friday. Highly rated prospects such as Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, LSU's Kevin Minter, Florida's Jon Bostic, Alabama's Nico Johnson and North Carolina's Kevin Reddick are all still available.

McClain's repeated arrests show he's not committed to playing in the NFL. The Ravens began their offseason conditioning program last week. Instead of attending that, McClain allegedly yelled obscenities at police officers Sunday as they were trying to disperse a large crowd of more than 700 people at a local park after they responded to calls about a fight.

A Decatur, Ala., prosecutor won't file a motion to revoke McClain's bonds, meaning he's free to report to the Ravens' offseason program. That is, if he decides to show up.

“You can’t require anybody to be here," Newsome said of McClain's absence. "It’s all voluntary."