Rolando McClain Retires from the NFL at 23

McClain retires


A little more than a month after signing a one-year contract to play inside linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, Rolando McClain decided to retire at twenty-three.

Drafted 8th overall in the 2010 draft, McClain’s legal problems have outweighed his football talent.  He had been signed to fill the vacancy of Ray Lewis.

His troubles began in 2011, when he was arrested for his involvement in a shooting.  Just last January, he was taken to jail for having the window on his car excessively darkened, lying about his identity, and writing an obscenity on the ticket.  McClain was sentenced to jail on an assault charge after the shooting, but prosecutors later dismissed the case.  A city judge dismissed the January charge against McClain of trying to lie about his identity. He pleaded guilty to the window tint violation and paid a $182 fine. On April 22nd, just ten days after signing a $700,000 contract with Baltimore, he was arrested in his hometown of Decatur, Alabama, for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

He is scheduled for July 9 court date for his latest arrest.

There had been no report of what action might have been taken by the Ravens after his latest legal problem.

“Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL,” Ozzie Newsome said. “We have placed him on the Reserve/Retired list.”

Newsome was clear before the draft in indicating that McClain had better be on his best behavior, saying the linebacker was “getting an opportunity to make our 53-man roster.  That’s it.”

McClain was released by the Oakland Raiders on April 5th.  A troubled 2012 season, including being thrown out of practice, prompted the Raiders to remove him from their roster.

Unless another team decides to take a chance on the troubled young man, his statistics in 3 seasons are as follow:  He had 274 tackles (195 solo), 6 1/2 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and 23 passes defensed in 41 career games.

James Turnage

The Guardian Express

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