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Rolando McClain was late to workout with Ravens, did not complete conditioning test

Rolando McClainA little over a month ago, it was reported Roland McClain was going to attempt to make a comeback and continue his NFL career.

The eighth overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft was signed by the Baltimore Ravens last year after being cut by the Oakland Raiders. Within two weeks, McClain was arrested for the third time in 17 months. Shortly after, he decided to retire.

Now apparently ready to get back to playing football, Rolando McClain was scheduled to hold a workout with the Ravens on Tuesday. Unfortunately, it did not go well.

For starters, McClain was late arriving, according to NFL.com’s Aditi Kinkhabwala. Then, he did not complete the conditioning test.

Obviously, this is less than ideal for a guy who hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since November 2012 and is trying to earn himself a place on a roster.

It sounds as though Rolando McClain has taken steps to get his life back on track, enrolling at the University of Alabama to continue his education. We can only hope if the attempt at an NFL comeback falls short that McClain’s life away from the football field continues down a positive path.

Jon Jones claims he was hacked after anti-gay Instagram comments

Jon Jones beltJon Jones sent a tweet Tuesday night saying he was hacked and pleading his innocence hours after a kid on Instagram claimed that the UFC star wrote homophobic comments on his pictures.

The person making the accusations is an MMA fan named Daniel Javid, who goes by “Champagnedanii” on Instagram and boasts in his bio that he’s an a–hole.

On Tuesday, Javid posted a screenshot of what he says are name-calling, homophobic comments Jones left on his Instagram pictures.

“Jon Jones stalked me on insta through twitter, blocked me & called me a fag 5 times. @AlexTheMauler knock him out – #ufc #jonjones #alexandergustafsson” the person wrote on Instagram.

He included this screenshot, which shows homosexual-related comments Jones’ account left on his pictures:

Jon Jones Instagram

What prompted everything? Javid sent this tweet and the same comment on Instagram to Jones just before the Instagram messages came:

Javid told LBS that he was born and raised in Sweden and is a big fan of MMA star Alexander Gustafsson. The Gustafsson angle is likely why Jones had so much hostility towards him.

Jones tried to clear everything up with this tweet:

Are you buying it? Javid doesn’t believe he was hacked. He points out that Jones posted a picture of himself on Instagram a few hours after the comments on his picture came, which is a sign to him that Jones was still controlling the account.

H/T MiddleEasy via tipster KrisBrewski

Aaron Hernandez reportedly threatened to kill jail officer

Aaron HernandezWhen Aaron Hernandez was first sent to the Bristol County House of Corrections and charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, we heard nothing but positive stories about the way he had been behaving. That hasn’t been the case lately.

On Tuesday, TMZ reported that Hernandez is being investigated for allegedly threatening to shoot and kill a Bristol County jail officer late last year. An ex-inmate who used to share a cell near the former New England Patriots tight end was recently asked about an alleged incident during which Hernandez tried to score some extra food.

According to the report, investigators asked the ex-inmate if Hernandez threatened to kill the guard, said anything about shooting his family, or ever made a noise like a “machine gun round” toward the guard. The ex-inmate allegedly said Hernandez did not threaten the guard but did call him a “bitch” during one heated argument.

In addition, the ex-inmate said that Hernandez was losing a lot of weight in jail and would often try to pull off schemes to get extra food. For example, he said the 24-year-old would eat half of his meal and then put an insect on his plate in an attempt to get a fresh serving. The ex-inmate said Hernandez angered officers by trying to pull the stunts “one too many times.”

Less than two months ago, Hernandez allegedly beat up an inmate who was wearing handcuffs. He was scheduled to be placed in solitary confinement for 30 days after that incident. It’s starting to sound more and more like the former NFL star has not been the model inmate.

Eric Bledsoe has great response for Twitter hater

Eric-Bledsoe-SunsThe Phoenix Suns were eliminated from the playoffs on Monday night with a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Having to sit out the postseason must be particularly disappointing for a guy like Eric Bledsoe, who was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers last offseason. Being shipped to a bad team is never fun.

Bledsoe had a lousy night on Monday. He scored just 13 points on 6-for-16 shooting from the field and was just 1-for-4 from beyond the arc. After the game, he had to put a Twitter hater in his place.

If this was 1995, the entire school yard would be yelling “ohhhhhh!!!!!!!” right about now. Bledsoe’s response wasn’t quite as elaborate as the way we have seen some other pro athletes shut their followers up, but it got the job done. He won the battle.

H/T Beyond the Buzzer

LeSean McCoy: My 2-year-old son is better than Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow PatriotsYou can add Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy to the long list of current and former athletes who do not think very highly of Tim Tebow’s football ability. Tebow may have a great personality and know how to make a National Championship Game prediction, but very few are surprised that he is unemployed. McCoy certainly believes he should remain a free agent.

TMZ caught up with Shady at LAX over the weekend and asked him who he thought is the best NFL player who is not signed to a contract. The first example the reporter gave was Tebow.

“Tim Tebow?” McCoy said with a look of disgust. “My son is 2. I’ll take my son over Tim Tebow.”

McCoy went on to name former teammate Vince Young before settling on Chris Johnson, who was officially released by the Tennessee Titans just over a week ago.

Come on, man. Weren’t we supposed to stop dogging on Tebow after he made that hilarious Super Bowl commercial dogging on himself? Don’t kick a good Christian while he’s down.

H/T Shutdown Corner

Matt Harvey reportedly dating model Asha Leo

Asha-LeoDoes Matt Harvey love models or does Matt Harvey love models? The 25-year-old New York Mets pitcher is currently rehabbing after undergoing Tommy John surgery last October, and it appears as though he is enjoying his free time. On Sunday, Harvey was spotted sitting beside British fashion model Asha Leo at the New York Knicks game.

Yes, this is the same Harvey who was reportedly dating another model named Ashley Haas a couple of months ago. Harvey and Haas were seen together just weeks after he broke up with Anne V — yet another model — after dating her for several months.

Harvey and Leo also attended the New York Rangers-Ottawa Senators game together last weekend and looked extremely cozy.

As the NY Post pointed out, Harvey was not in violation of the rehab agreement he has in place with the Mets. He is allowed to work out in New York while the Mets are playing at home but must report to the team’s spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla. during road trips.

Harvey made it clear last month that he is not happy with the rehab plan and wants to be working with his teammates as much as possible, but we’re guessing he’s perfectly content with his personal life. Remember how the righthander said he wanted to model his dating life after that of Derek Jeter? Three models in roughly two months has Harvey well on his way.

Thanks to LBS reader David for the tip

Amar’e Stoudemire: Knicks could be NBA’s best team on paper

Amare-Stoudemire-KnicksThe New York Knicks had a great chance to make the playoffs after ripping off a streak of eight-straight wins in the middle of March, but ultimately they ended up right where we all expected them to — on the outside looking in. Prior to the season, many speculated that the Knicks would be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Amar’e Stoudemire thinks they should have been.

After New York was officially eliminated from the postseason, Stoudemire talked about the expectations surrounding the team heading into the year.

“They should have been a little bit higher if you ask me,” Stoudemire said, via ESPNNewYork.com. “On paper we might be the best team in the league. We’ve got great players on this team who accomplished so much. We just couldn’t put it together.”

Best in the league? No chance. Teams like the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers are way more loaded than the Knicks even on paper. That said, New York certainly had a better team on paper than the results reflected.

Stoudemire was injured for much of the year, but his play down the stretch kept the Knicks in contention. He has averaged 16.2 points and and 6.2 rebounds per game since the start of March. He simply got healthy too late.

“It’s been a tough year. It’s been a roller coaster year for us all,” Stoudemire added. “… Not making the playoffs is not an option. That’s not an option for us. We’re definitely looking to make the playoffs every year.”

The Knicks’ problems run deeper than Stoudemire’s poor health, and everyone knows it. Now that the playoffs are officially not an option, New York needs to worry about keeping Carmelo Anthony. Good luck with that.