McClain House Fire Suspected as Arson

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Rolando McClain had an up-and-down season in his first (and possibly only) year with the Dallas Cowboys.

He was a key figure in the Cowboys' defense actually being respectable and putting together a season that far exceeded the outside expectations heading into the season, which said the defense would probably be historically bad.

When McClain was on the field, he was great, but he also battled injuries throughout the year and it seemed every time he made a step forward, he took another step back.

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He also had an off-field problem in December when his spacious home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was gutted by a fire. McClain wasn't at the home the night of the fire, as it was during the season, but it seemed a bit suspicious all along.

Now, the Alabama state fire marshal is coming out and saying the fire is suspected to have been caused by arson.

"We have concluded the scene examination and we have determined it was the result of an incendiary act," Fire Marshal Ed Paulk told UPI.

You have to wonder if McClain was involved at all, and no details of how the fire was started were released, but the fact McClain was hundreds of miles away will probably keep him safe from much serious speculation. McClain is set to become a free agent next month.

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