McClain was stopped because of a window tint violation and the police officer smelled marijuana as he was interacting with McClain about that violation, according to Hartselle Police spokesman Lt. Justin Barley. The officer then searched the car and found that McClain had a weapon for which he didn’t have a permit.
He was released from Morgan County Jail later in the day on a $2,000 bond.
McClain, who last played with the Dallas Cowboys, was suspended indefinitely in early December of 2016 for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. It was the third time in his pro career he had been suspended.
He was a star at Alabama, playing linebacker on the 2009 national championship team and had 105 total tackles and four sacks. He was the eighth pick of the 2010 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders. He was with the Raiders for three seasons. His best season was 2011, when he had 79 tackles and five sacks.
After a poor start to the 2012 season, McClain had his playing time reduced and was waived by the team in April of 2013. He signed with the Baltimore Ravens, announced his retirement in May, and then was traded to the Cowboys in July of 2014. After a good season, the Cowboys gave him a one-year deal, but he got his first drug suspension for the first four games of the season. He came back and finished with 50 tackles and two sacks and the Cowboys signed him to another one-year contract.
But he received his second drug suspension before the start of the 2016 season, this one for 10 games. He got the third in December, essentially ending his career in Dallas.