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Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain leaves court in Decatur, Ala., Friday, July 25, 2014. McClain was convicted of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Associated Press
Published: 25 July 2014 12:15 PM

Updated: 25 July 2014 02:05 PM

DECATUR, Ala. — A judge on Friday convicted Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in his Alabama hometown and imposed an 18-day jail term that could interrupt the player’s bid to restart his career.

Municipal Judge Billy Cook convicted McClain on the misdemeanor counts after a non-jury trial that lasted about three hours. McClain was accused of yelling an obscenity at police trying to arrest him during a disturbance in a crowded city park in 2013.

McClain won’t have to report for his jail sentence until after an appeal is complete in state court. Cook also ordered McClain to pay $1,572 in fines and court costs. It’s unclear how long an appeal might take.

The judge signed a document stating McClain, 25, was free to leave the state while challenging the conviction.

Defense attorney Harvey Steinberg said McClain would head to Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, Calif., within hours of the trial.

“My attitude is I think I ran into the only person in the entire state of Alabama that would convict Rolando McClain based on this evidence,” said Steinberg. “Unfortunately, it happened to be the judge.”

The former Alabama Crimson Tide star maintained his innocence and said police arrested the wrong person. He’s been arrested three times in Decatur since 2011.

McClain tried to delay the trial so he could attend the start of NFL training camp this week, but a judge refused. The Cowboys acquired the rights to McClain from Baltimore on July 1. He was the eighth overall pick by Oakland in 2010 but hasn’t played since 2012.

The Cowboys expect McClain to return to training camp this weekend. Appeal of sentence essentially hits reset on process.


If this all that's going on, not a big deal to me.
Published: 26 July 2014 12:24 AM

Updated: 26 July 2014 12:28 AM

Former NFL general manager Charley Casserly appeared on the NFL Network's Inside Training Camp to talk about the Cowboys linebacker situation.

To say Casserly isn't very stoked about the Dallas LBs would be an understatement, and the former Washington Redskins and Houston Texans GM absolutely blasted the Cowboys' Rolando McClain.

Here's what Casserly had to say:

"Well, it's wide open; I mean wide open here. We got four names right now. You got Rolando McClain, who they traded for. I'll come back to him. Justin Durant, who started some games at outside backer for them last year. DeVonte Holloman, who started some games later in the season at inside and outside backer for them and then draft choice Anthony Hitchens.

The problem with the veterans, Durant and Holloman, is they're both, to me, the same guy. They're athletic, they can run. But they're not really good taking on blocks and being run stuffers.

McClain ... let me say this. I would never have taken this guy with the eighth pick in the draft. I think this guy is not good enough. I don't think he's physical enough. I don't think his instincts are good. I don't think he can cover; I don't think he can play. To me, it was a trade that is a waste of time. They were hoping, I guess, to get a big guy in the middle because Durant and Holloman aren't that kind of a guy. Hey, I'm going to go see them in 10 days. I hope he's not there to waste my time with him.

Tell us how you really feel Charley.

Charley is just an *** who's trying to stay around.

We'll find out real soon who the players are, and who the pretenders are.

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