OXNARD, Calif. – Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain was found guilty Friday on two misdemeanor charges and was sentenced to 18 days in jail, but he'll appeal the ruling, according to multiple reports.
McClain was convicted of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident in April 2013. The appeal to state court should delay the jail term.
An Alabama judge found McClain guilty, and the appeal will result in a jury trial, according to the reports.
McClain's been arrested in his home state of Alabama three times since 2011. He attempted to delay the trial for training camp with the Cowboys, but that request was refused. [embedded_ad]
The Cowboys traded for the rights to McClain at the beginning of July. He played three seasons with the Raiders after Oakland took him with the eighth overall pick in 2010. McClain was with the Ravens last year, but he never played after deciding to retire.
Head coach Jason Garrett said Thursday, before the ruling, that he expected McClain to be at the trial Friday and return to Oxnard on Friday night to be ready for Saturday's practice. McClain left for the trial Thursday, so he's yet to participate in a practice with the team.