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Rolando McClain expected back in Decatur for trial

McClain is charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. (Source: Decatur PD) McClain is charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. (Source: Decatur PD)

Former Alabama football star Rolando McClain will be back in his hometown of Decatur for trial Friday morning.

McClain is charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Last April, Decatur police responded to a fight call at Pines Park. Investigators said after they cleared out hundreds of people, McClain swore at police, ignored their commands to stop walking, then resisted arrest.

It was the third arrest for McClain in less than two years. The charges are misdemeanors; the other cases are settled, and his lawyer said McClain just wants to get this trial over with and move forward.

"I think he is absolutely looking forward to getting these kind of things behind him, over with, and focused on reviving his football career," said attorney Carl Cole. "This is a man of immense talent that belongs on the NFL playing field on Sundays, and I'm looking forward to watching him."

Cole feels that if McClain is found guilty, it is unlikely he would get any jail time, though it is still possible. 

McClain's football comeback with the Dallas Cowboys only began Thursday. He previously retired from football, was later signed by another team, then retired again. A previous request to delay the trial so McClain could attend training camp was denied.

Officials with the Cowboys said the team knew about the pending trial during his trade. After the trial, the team expects him back at training camp in Oxnard, California in time for practice on Saturday.

Coach Jason Garrett said he talked with McClain's former coach, Nick Saban, before the team acquired the former Alabama linebacker.

"Certainly he's had some issues since he's been in the NFL," said Garrett. "The research that we did, the due diligence that we did - both with Coach Saban and other people who have been around him - we felt like with his ability, with the kind of person that he's demonstrated himself to be in the past, maybe we can help through some of these issues and get this guy back playing at the level we all thought he was capable of playing."

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