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Former Alabama star Rolando McClain arrested on drugs and weapons charge

Griffin McVeigh08/01/22
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Former Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested in his home state on Saturday, the Moulton Police Department said. He was eventually cited with drugs and weapons charges, having marijuana and a gun in his car.

Originally, McClain was pulled over for speeding according to the Moulton Police Department. After smelling marijuana out of the window, police were given a reason to search his car. From there, the drug was found inside a chewing tobacco pouch.

As for the gun, McClain did state to the police that the weapon was in the car. However, he did not claim ownership and did not have a license to carry a concealed weapon. Overall, the former linebacker was given out three charges — second-degree possession of marijuana, speeding, and possession of a concealed weapon without a permit.

There was a passenger in the car with McClain, Detrick Mostello, who will face a second-degree possession of marijuana charge as well.

Saturday marked the second time McClain has been charged with something related to drugs and weapons. He was arrested in 2017 and faced another second-degree possession of marijuana and carrying a pistol without a permit. McClain was also arrested in 2011 for fighting in Decatur, AL.

On the football field, the linebacker was a key member of the beginning of the Alabama dynasty run under head coach Nick Saban. McClain arrived in Tuscaloosa for the 2007 season and wound up winning the national championship in 2009. He was named to the SEC first-team twice and won the Butkus Award during the title season,

McClain was then drafted with the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. Due to the defense struggling and his off-the-field issues, he was released in April 2013 and was a free agent for the first time in his career.

Baltimore wound up picking the linebacker up but he would never see the field. McClain claimed he was retiring despite signing a one year, $700,000 contract with no guaranteed money. However, that did not stop the Dallas Cowboys from trading for him. In need of linebacker help, Dallas sent a sixth round pick over to the Ravens.

McClain played for two seasons with the Cowboys, appearing in 24 games. In total, he made 167 tackles, three sacks, and got three interceptions. The plan was to extend him into the 2016 season but due to NFL suspensions, never made the field.