Rolando McClain quits football, ends comeback attempt

Rolando McClain

Rolando McClain’s football comeback is pretty much dead on arrival.

The Baltimore Ravens signed the troubled linebacker last year after the Oakland Raiders released him following multiple arrests/off-field incidents. The Ravens placed him on the reserve-retired list, and he did not play last season.

Baltimore activated McClain last week, and the former first-round pick had a workout with the team, but it did not go well.

McClain reportedly showed up late for the workout and then failed his conditioning test. He was supposed to show up Monday for the first day of the team’s offseason workouts, but he decided to call it a career instead.

“I gotta follow my heart. It ain’t football. If football made me complete I would play. But whenever I think of it my heart pulls me away from whatever reason. … This means I’m done,” McClain said over text message to ESPN’s Seth Wickersham.

McClain also sent the following tweets, which shows where his head is:

He may not be playing football, but as long as he’s staying out of trouble, that’s definitely progress.

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.

Rolando McClain reportedly telling people he wants to make NFL comeback

Rolando McClainTroubled linebacker Rolando McClain is planning to make an NFL comeback this season, according to a report.

The Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz reports that McClain, who did not play last season following his third arrest in a 17-month span, is telling people close to him that he plans to play this fall.

McClain was a first-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2010. He was a relative disappointment for the team and was involved in multiple off-field issues. He was arrested last January and again last April.

The Baltimore Ravens signed McClain before his April arrest. They placed him on the reserve/retired list after he was arrested.

“I love football, but I have decided at this time it is in my best interest to focus on getting my personal life together,” McClain said at the time.

McClain apparently believes he now has his personal life together, which would explain why he’s training for an NFL comeback.

Rolando McClain is reportedly back in college at Alabama

rolando-mcclainFormer Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain appears to be attempting to get his life back on track. After unexpectedly retiring from football last month, McClain has reportedly decided to go back to the school where he became a star.

According to Nick Saban, McClain is back at Alabama.

“I know a lot of people get disappointed in Rolando McClain and a lot of the things he’s struggled with,” Saban said Tuesday during a speaking engagement, via AL.com, “but he’s with us now.”

McClain played three standout years with the Crimson Tide and wound up being taken with the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. He was released by the Raiders earlier this offseason and signed by the Baltimore Ravens on April 12, but was arrested for the third time in two years just 10 days later.

McClain has had a difficult time staying out of trouble since he entered the NFL. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail in 2011 for allegedly firing a gun by the head of another man. He was also arrested at the beginning of the year for giving a false name when he was pulled over, but later said the “corrupt police” were at fault for the arrest. Despite all that, Saban spoke highly of him.

“That guy was a phenomenal leader,” he said. “He affected everybody in the organization at a time when we needed leadership because we had a lot of bad things happen when I first got there.”

I suppose it’s never too late to get your life back on track, and finishing college is a good starting point for that. McClain certainly has a lot to prove.

Rolando McClain retires from football

Rolando McClain

There were a lot of questions about how the Baltimore Ravens would handle Rolando McClain following the troubled linebacker’s latest arrest. Looks like Rolando just went ahead and fixed that glitch.

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome announced on Wednesday that he placed McClain on the reserve/retired list.

McClain, a former first-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2010, was signed by the Ravens on April 12 after being released by Oakland. He was arrested in his hometown of Decatur, Ala., 10 days later.

McClain’s past includes a 180-day jail sentence for a 2011 event in which he allegedly fired a gun by the head of another man. He was also arrested in January and reportedly blamed the “corrupt” police for it.

Maybe McClain decided to retire because he thinks he’s going to jail.

I wouldn’t completely discount the possibility of him one day returning to the league.

Rolando McClain arrested in Decatur … again

Rolando McClain mug shot

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Rolando McClain was arrested in his hometown of Decatur, Ala, and was giving police a hard time.

According to AL.com, McClain was arrested Sunday and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest — both misdemeanors. He was released from jail after posting $1,000 bond.

This is the third time in two years we have reported on McClain getting arrested in his hometown. I’m beginning to think Decatur is not a good place for him.

You know how some athletes complain when they get in trouble that they are unfairly targeted by police? That’s kind of what McClain said after being arrested in January. Yeah, well, after three arrests, I’m starting to think that McClain’s whole, “It’s not me, it’s them” excuse doesn’t add up too well.

It’s not them, Rolando, it is you.

It’s crazy how steady McClain’s off-field production is becoming. Think about it: this dude has more arrests this offseason than he had sacks last season.

Rolando McClain arrested, blames ‘corrupt’ police out to get him

rolando mcclainStop me if you’ve heard this before: Rolando McClain was arrested in his hometown of Decatur, Ala.

The Decatur Daily reports that the Oakland Raiders linebacker was pulled over Tuesday afternoon for driving with tinted windows. He reportedly gave a false name to the police officer, which is a misdemeanor charge. McClain was booked at the city’s jail and bonded out.

You may recall that McClain was arrested in Nov. 2011 for allegedly firing a gun by a former friend’s ear and threatening to kill the man. McClain was convicted on all charges and received a 180-day jail sentence, but the case was dismissed in November after the alleged victim decided to drop the charges.

Combining the two incidents makes McClain think he is being targeted by “corrupt” police.

“I’m falsely accused of everything,” McClain told The Decatur Daily as he was leaving city hall. “It’s corrupt. It’s terrible.”

When McClain was asked if he believes police are out to get him, he reportedly said, “Yes. You said it. I answered it.”

You got that? Rolando allegedly fires a gun by a guy’s head, threatens to kill him, gets pulled over for tinted windows, and HE is the one falsely accused of everything. Damn those corrupt police officers for trying to protect society from someone who fires a gun at a person’s head!

Perhaps the most appropriate comment of all comes from Rolando’s cousin, Le’Ron, who plays for the Chargers. When asked for his thoughts on Rolando blaming everyone else for his arrest, he called his cousin crazy: