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Rolando McClain retires from the NFL

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Linebacker Rolando McClain hasn’t been released by the Ravens, but he won’t be playing for them in 2013.

Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome announced Wednesday that McClain, who was arrested for disorderly conduct last month, is retiring from the NFL.

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

McClain’s arrest was the latest in a series of run-ins with law enforcement that have checkered McClain’s brief professional career. He also wound up being asked to stay away from the Raiders for several games at the end of last season after a blow-up with coach Dennis Allen. The Raiders released him in early April and it all adds up to a rapid fall for the eighth overall pick of the 2010 draft.

Since McClain is just 23, it seems inevitable that we’ll hear rumblings about McClain wanting to make a comeback in the next couple of years. He might get a shot, but it will be a much longer one than the one he blew over the last few years.

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  1. pathsovglory says: May 15, 2013 1:16 PM

    Rolando we hardly knew ya!

  2. peytonsneck18 says: May 15, 2013 1:16 PM

    Hey ravens fans, what happened to u guys like being able to turn this turd into a hidden gem? Lol

  3. wakaflaccoflame says: May 15, 2013 1:17 PM

    In before people bashing the Ravens when they’ve neither gained or lost anything from this.

  4. therealraiderduck says: May 15, 2013 1:19 PM

    If JaMarcus Russell was a linebacker, he’d be McChump.

    Just another example of someone who quit caring the minute he was paid.

  5. tsuscrumhalf says: May 15, 2013 1:19 PM

    Low risk signing by the Ravens. Gave him exactly $0 in his short tenure. Glad he’ll not be wearing purple this year. Drafting Arthur Brown sealed his fate I believe. Wasn’t happy when we signed him, was willing to give him a shot to see if he could get his head out of his —, but happy that he’s moving along. I’d rather put a rookie UDFA out there who wants to be a football player than put a guy who just wanted to be an NFL draft pick.

    Buh bye, Rolando. I hope you get your life together.

  6. blackandbluedivision says: May 15, 2013 1:19 PM

    Why couldn’t he just move from the state of Alabama? Seriously. Every time he goes there he gets arrested.

    What a waste.

  7. baselman1974 says: May 15, 2013 1:19 PM

    The way this guy is going, he will be playing with Paul Crewe in the prison leagues.

  8. kd75 says: May 15, 2013 1:20 PM

    “At this time, I have come to the realization that my future is in crime rather than football. While I have haven’t been very successful I have been prolific at getting arrested. Therefore I am ending my career as a football player to peruse interests as a criminal.”

  9. mkbane says: May 15, 2013 1:20 PM

    Tiki will be flabbergasted when no team wants him.

  10. pooflingingmonkey says: May 15, 2013 1:20 PM

    Or is he retiring just to avoid the indignity of a suspension based on his recent antics, known or unknown?

  11. tjacks7 says: May 15, 2013 1:21 PM

    It’s like the old saying goes: “what an idiot!”

    I guess I will see you the next time I’m bored and surfing the Internet for “Alabama mug shots”

  12. twilson962 says: May 15, 2013 1:21 PM

    Do what?

  13. theseaward says: May 15, 2013 1:21 PM

    Best of luck in your future job where you will end each sentence with “Do you want fries with that?”

  14. terraj35 says: May 15, 2013 1:22 PM

    Once a Raider always a Raider

  15. vondoom92 says: May 15, 2013 1:22 PM

    Well now…. That escalated quickly….

  16. zingo1978 says: May 15, 2013 1:22 PM

    To quote Curly Bill: “Well,…….Bye”

  17. southpaw2k says: May 15, 2013 1:22 PM

    Way to tackle your issues, Rolando. Just quit your job instead of using it as a way to make your life better.

    The Ravens are probably better off without him anyway.

  18. jrebar88 says: May 15, 2013 1:22 PM

    What a waste of talent.

  19. smartman415 says: May 15, 2013 1:23 PM

    I remember when the raiders drafted him out of bama, the funny part is how every one was talking about what a solid pick it was and how the Raiders seem to finally start doing things rthe right way, Wich at the time anyone would have said. Too bad for the raiders that even when they are “right” they’re wrong

  20. 4thquartermagic says: May 15, 2013 1:23 PM

    What is with the Raiders selecting not only 1st round busts, but busts who aren’t even in football 3 years later?????

    Their scouting department is horrifically bad.

    “Commitment to incompetence.”

  21. r8rsfan says: May 15, 2013 1:23 PM

    The only thing keeping him out of prison is the NFL. He lives within miles of Decatur, and he can’t stay out of trouble there. I think the odds are greater that he’ll be incarcerated than he will make a comeback.

  22. zoellner25 says: May 15, 2013 1:23 PM

    8th overall pick just a few years ago retiring at age 23! That’s what I call a BUST!!!

  23. danglesnipecelly24 says: May 15, 2013 1:24 PM

    FAM

  24. homelanddefense says: May 15, 2013 1:25 PM

    Im sure the lack of employment and structure will do him wonders.

  25. surfinbird1 says: May 15, 2013 1:25 PM

    Ozzie the great will replace him. He’ll keep an eye on the police blotter for a replacement.

  26. tcostant says: May 15, 2013 1:25 PM

    I hope he saved his money, that’s a long time that money needs to last…

  27. ridingwithnohandlebars says: May 15, 2013 1:25 PM

    Hope he is able to get his life sorted out. That should be his priority right now.

  28. pickney1 says: May 15, 2013 1:26 PM

    Tremendous amount of talent and young but unfortunally put himself into too many unintelligent situations.

    Hopefully he is able to take the time needed and get his mind right before wanting to make a comeback where he is able to reach his full potential

  29. rohlo says: May 15, 2013 1:26 PM

    this guy is up there with titus young..wasted talent! titus’s dad says he needs help and maybe rolando needs help..maybe he just needs to get out of his hometwon! none the less if it is the case go get the help you need!

  30. stevenwilliams2013 says: May 15, 2013 1:26 PM

    He’ll be back when his bank account runs low.

  31. garyhd01 says: May 15, 2013 1:26 PM

    Rolando isn’t retiring hes just waiting fo r the nfl and the world to change their drug policy and to eliminate discrimination against people who beat up others

  32. occamssabre says: May 15, 2013 1:26 PM

    The Ravens gave this guy every opportunity to make a name for himself (in a positive way) and stood by him even after his recent run-in with the law and he now decides to call it quits? Sounds like this dude needs to make some appointments ASAP with a shrink to get his head on straight because if he doesn’t I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends in up jail or 6-feet-under within a few years!!

    What’s a 23yo with a checkered past going to do with the rest of his life? If I’m a betting man, he doesn’t see 30 without some serious problems in his life!!

  33. gochargersgo says: May 15, 2013 1:27 PM

    Rolando and Titus should start a hip-hop duo and go by the stage name #HOF

  34. jjthesportsguy says: May 15, 2013 1:27 PM

    What a waste of god given physical talent.

  35. Stiller43 says: May 15, 2013 1:28 PM

    I highly doubt it, but if he saved the money from his signing bonus and first couple years salary, retiring at 23 would be AWESOME.

  36. jjthesportsguy says: May 15, 2013 1:29 PM

    Did anyone happen to catch if he will decide to enter Canton as a Raider or a Raven?

  37. navyeoddavee9 says: May 15, 2013 1:31 PM

    Don’t think you can “retire” from the NFL after 3 or 4 years. Quitting is more like it. Without the NFL, probably going to be more likely to get in more trouble, than he did in the NFL.

  38. wardawg42 says: May 15, 2013 1:31 PM

    What a loser. Its sad talent is wasted on guys like this when there are so many hard working people out there.

  39. poprox13 says: May 15, 2013 1:31 PM

    What? I thought he retired years ago?

  40. hovadagod says: May 15, 2013 1:31 PM

    I hope he gets the mental help that he obviously needs

  41. piratesofthecoliseum says: May 15, 2013 1:32 PM

    Well I guess its better to retire than to get cut…again!! LMAO!! What a punk!! If he just quits like that then he never really loved the game…just the $$$!! Maybe him and Jamarcus can make a comeback together lol

  42. Mr. Wright 212 says: May 15, 2013 1:32 PM

    What a waste.

  43. mobuccsfan says: May 15, 2013 1:34 PM

    Well this thread escalated quickly…lol. I figured everyone would weigh-in on this one. I think I agree with other posters–he will sadly end up in jail or prison without football and still is young enough to turn it around, get some structure, better his skills and play even half up to his billing. Can honestly say I didn’t see this coming at all. I’m sure the Ravens will be fine in their LB corps either way, as I didn’t really see him contributing all too much.

    Plus, there are still players getting cut and worth a look and the second round of FA to come–heck all the way up to when the season begins for them to find some solid depth at least at the position.

  44. deliveredbysherpa says: May 15, 2013 1:34 PM

    Who was in the league longer Rolando or Ryan Leaf?

  45. micknangold says: May 15, 2013 1:35 PM

    A lot of guys quit caring the minute they get paid but still manage to have full careers, even if as backups. There’s more to this than simply not caring.

  46. bigbenh8tr says: May 15, 2013 1:36 PM

    In ozzie we trust. What a great LB he was apparently going to be

  47. aclegend says: May 15, 2013 1:37 PM

    Honestly, I respect him if he is retiring with the intention to straighten himself out. But if I hear his name come up in the next 3 years about arrests and then striving to return to the NFL, the respect will go out the window.

  48. mmsierra says: May 15, 2013 1:37 PM

    Annother Al Davis pick
    The guy got batty at the end
    Karma, I guess

    I hope the Raiders are on the right track now

  49. justintuckrule says: May 15, 2013 1:38 PM

    way to flush your only gift.

  50. omegalh says: May 15, 2013 1:39 PM

    Raiders have the knack for picking guys with a passion for the game.

  51. blitzinc43 says: May 15, 2013 1:41 PM

    Fletcher 2.0? lol what happened there logicalvoiceofreason?

  52. thestrategyexpert says: May 15, 2013 1:41 PM

    Smart move. Get your body and mind right, and then try to play in the NFL. It would have been nice though if he wasn’t allowed to receive so much money so that other players who deserve it and earn it could compete for those dollars. What a joke of a system.

  53. seaeagle707 says: May 15, 2013 1:41 PM

    Why ride the front seat of a Porsche, when you can ride the back seats of Ford Crown Vics?

  54. @HowdyDoobie says: May 15, 2013 1:41 PM

    He got 23mil guaranteed from the Raiders and was only going to play for the veteran minimum. If he doesn’t have the passion to play anymore perhaps it is best that he walk away now. If he lives within his means he and his family can live comfortably for the rest of their lives.

  55. seatownballers says: May 15, 2013 1:42 PM

    He’ll be broke from court costs and attorney fees by the time he’s 26

  56. punksinplay says: May 15, 2013 1:43 PM

    I remember that the Giants were thinking about drafting him before Al Davis went and made one his patented Al Davis moves and picked this guy way ahead of where he should have been picked. Instead the Giants picked JPP 15th… Whew, thanks Al.

  57. stainlessstill says: May 15, 2013 1:45 PM

    Baltimore should build a statue of this guy and put it next to Ray Lewis’s. After all, according to Ravens fans, this was the greatest off-season pickup the league has ever seen.

  58. gmen1983 says: May 15, 2013 1:46 PM

    Gotta say, I was hoping this guy would fall to the Giants in that draft and I couldn’t be happier to be wrong. He’s just another example of how you really can’t grade a draft for at least a couple of years. Guys like this, Aaron Curry, Russell, etc., are proof there are no sure things. I know they didn’t work out for different reasons, but the point is it’s impossible to be sure about any player.

  59. humbleminded85 says: May 15, 2013 1:47 PM

    wakaflaccoflame says: May 15, 2013 1:17 PM

    In before people bashing the Ravens when they’ve neither gained or lost anything from this.
    ————————————————–
    Yet non Raven fans who hate us won’t accept nor acknowledge that. Low risk. Was it a mistake? Yep But one that cost us nothing.

  60. thebigtexas says: May 15, 2013 1:48 PM

    I don’t really get the comments on here equating Rolando McClain with the Ravens all that much…he didn’t even play for them. It would be like equating Titus Young and all his drama with the Rams – ‘Man, Jeff Fisher really struck out on that one!’ *rolls eyes*

  61. capitaosuecia says: May 15, 2013 1:48 PM

    It´s also not a question about money. He, like DeAngelo Hall, got his money from the Raiders…

  62. sfraider says: May 15, 2013 1:48 PM

    And in 2 years he’ll be out of money so we’ll be hearing about some bs life change and come back story.

  63. allmyexsliveintexas says: May 15, 2013 1:50 PM

    The fact that Ozzie Newsome announced McClain’s retirement suggests to me that this was a “negotiated retirement” between him and the Ravens. It saves McClain the indignity of being dropped and comes coincidentally after the Ravens drafted Arthur Brown for ILB. This allows McClain to save face for now and wait awhile to return. I suspect Ozzie is trying to take care of his ‘Bama boys.

  64. dasmol says: May 15, 2013 1:51 PM

    He’s worse than a bust. He’s a quitter whose best momemt came when he flattened lil ol Sproles.

  65. deathonwings410 says: May 15, 2013 1:52 PM

    I’m glad this loser quit now instead of wasting Ozzie and Harbs’ time and energy during OATs, camp and the season.

  66. klutch14u says: May 15, 2013 1:54 PM

    He must have called Nick Saban who quickly told him to “FLEE THE NFL”! Neither one could cut it apparently.

  67. jmammy01 says: May 15, 2013 1:54 PM

    NOW HE WILL BE A 1ST ROUND PICK TWICE ONCE IN THE NFL AND 1ST PICK OF THE PFL {PRISON FOOTBALL LEAGUE}

  68. mdagnew1 says: May 15, 2013 1:54 PM

    My guess is he was about to get cut and decided to retire instead…

  69. majormeatcurtains says: May 15, 2013 1:54 PM

    10-1 he gets busted propositioning a tranny within a year, broke in two years, and a tearful ” I’m a new man and ready for another chance” press conference shortly thereafter.

  70. nflofficeadmin says: May 15, 2013 2:01 PM

    If he wants to make a comeback he can start by getting rid of them flabby pecs. Embarrassing.

  71. Deb says: May 15, 2013 2:04 PM

    I was hoping the Steelers would take a chance on him when the Raiders let him go. But if he couldn’t make it with Ozzie’s backing, he couldn’t make it anywhere. What a sad, sad waste of so much talent and potential.

  72. nardointhenati says: May 15, 2013 2:05 PM

    I hope he gets the help he obviously needs. This appears to be the latest in a downward spiral of self destructive behavior and I hope the next headline isnt reporting he was found dead from suicide.

  73. itsfootballbaby says: May 15, 2013 2:06 PM

    I see some hard time in Rolando’s future.

  74. jmak79 says: May 15, 2013 2:10 PM

    Ill cut the guy some slack, he must be having a breakdown and with money in the bank he needs rehab not training camp. Would be nice if stories like this would get deeper into the players background and that way less idiots would post and gloat about this kids failure.

  75. mackcarrington says: May 15, 2013 2:12 PM

    When people retire, that means they usually collect a pension. This guy didn’t play long enough to qualify for even the minimum NFL pension.

  76. dowhatifeellike says: May 15, 2013 2:14 PM

    WIthout a job to occupy his time, he’s only going to get into even more trouble.

  77. helladonks says: May 15, 2013 2:16 PM

    I have some admiration for the guy, accepting his situation for what it is and retirin.

  78. souldogdave says: May 15, 2013 2:16 PM

    Don’t that beat all. Kid’s as dumb as a sack of hammers.

  79. 1bigtex says: May 15, 2013 2:18 PM

    It seems as if no team in the history of the NFL has gone through a stretch where the drafted or signed as many busts as Al did before he passed. It’s a miracle they won as many games as they did.

  80. humbleminded85 says: May 15, 2013 2:18 PM

    Deb where ya been?? Post more often, PFT had been taken over by 95% trolls these days so it’s always good to see the original PFT’ers comment…even if your a steeler fan :)

  81. therealmafio says: May 15, 2013 2:19 PM

    He’ll be dead or in jail within 5 years. Smh GOOD RIDDANCE!

  82. thesteelers says: May 15, 2013 2:20 PM

    I just wanted to drop by and say

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  83. upperdecker19 says: May 15, 2013 2:20 PM

    Ah, what the heck……I retire from the NFL, too.

  84. steeelfann says: May 15, 2013 2:20 PM

    Is it time for NFL players to be paid by the hour? Obviously, salaries do not work well?

  85. boobsmcgoo says: May 15, 2013 2:21 PM

    Now he can put that college degree from Alabama….wait….what?

  86. malab377 says: May 15, 2013 2:21 PM

    McClain retires from the NFL… so he could spend more time getting in trouble.

  87. mrwrightsdad says: May 15, 2013 2:21 PM

    This guy just became a hot commodity in the death pool

  88. musicman495 says: May 15, 2013 2:24 PM

    This is another example of why making a big deal over how many players a particular college or particular conference had that were “drafted into the NFL” is a waste of time. Many of those drafted can be out of football without a trace in two or three years. A better statistic would be to show many have had an impact in the NFL two or three years later.

  89. fukpittsburgh says: May 15, 2013 2:24 PM

    Hey ravens fans, what happened to u guys like being able to turn this turd into a hidden gem? Lol

    _______________________________

    LOL at this clown comment.

  90. joemammy says: May 15, 2013 2:25 PM

    Are the Ravens still “reloading?” Will someone please wake me when it’s over?

  91. dbfan4ever says: May 15, 2013 2:26 PM

    Another example of the “brilliant” job the Raiders consistently own the draft! HAHAHA!

  92. kenny328usa says: May 15, 2013 2:36 PM

    Can you really retire after 2 years? It sounds more like quitting than retiring to me.

  93. goldrush36 says: May 15, 2013 2:39 PM

    All pro……. or not

  94. jagsfan1 says: May 15, 2013 2:42 PM

    Rolando is a GENIUS!

  95. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: May 15, 2013 2:43 PM

    He should a been a full back!
    Learn it then come back, niners be looking!

  96. mullman76 says: May 15, 2013 2:43 PM

    @fukpittsburgh: It’s a valid question. When the Ravens picked him up after the Raiders dropped him on the curb Ravens fans were raving about how the ravens could turn him around.

    Not this time.

  97. skinsrock says: May 15, 2013 2:48 PM

    “It’s tough to wake up and go running at five in the morning when you’re in silk pajamas”

    -Marvin Hagler

  98. irishkwh says: May 15, 2013 2:50 PM

    Roll Tide!!

  99. gohometrolls says: May 15, 2013 2:52 PM

    And that’s what you call a damn shame …….just pathetic

  100. aldog83 says: May 15, 2013 2:53 PM

    “1ST BALLOT!!!

  101. themosh2013 says: May 15, 2013 2:57 PM

    Looks like we have a new portrait for the NFL Draft Bust Mt Rushmore.

  102. raideralex99 says: May 15, 2013 2:57 PM

    Why are people harping on Al Davis and the Raiders for drafting him???
    If the raiders would have passed on him some other team would have drafted him … he was one of the top LBs in the draft.

  103. m2karateman says: May 15, 2013 2:59 PM

    Maybe he can share a cell with Titus Young, and they can get a game against the guards going.

  104. njraiderfan19 says: May 15, 2013 3:03 PM

    @malab377- hit the nail on the head there! This is his worst possible decision. And underachiever who gets cut will often get looked at again, but one who ‘retires’ has little or no chance for a comeback. He’ll be in prison before he’s 25. At least the Ravens could have kept tabs on him. He’s his own worst enemy.

  105. farmmbig says: May 15, 2013 3:03 PM

    You don’t retire at that age…. You (flat–out) quit!

  106. silverhornet says: May 15, 2013 3:05 PM

    I am curious how much of the 5 year, $40 million contract with $23 million guaranteed he actually received? Since he is “retiring” and has had off field issues. I’m sure he got at least half of the $23m. I could retire on that at 23 years old. Not sure Rolando could though. Suppose the bigger question is not how much he received, but rather how much he actually has left!?

  107. smitty152169 says: May 15, 2013 3:08 PM

    This guy will be arrested for Murder in the near future!

  108. kingpel says: May 15, 2013 3:10 PM

    He sure showed them!!!

  109. hrmlss says: May 15, 2013 3:10 PM

    At 23, you are NOT retiring, you are Quitting.

  110. moeman79 says: May 15, 2013 3:11 PM

    Can we stop calling this retirement?

  111. bookofelisha10 says: May 15, 2013 3:17 PM

    and the countdown til McClain becomes broke the suddenly ‘grows up’ beings….NOW!

  112. lovedabirds says: May 15, 2013 3:17 PM

    Devil made him do this too.

  113. scoobies05 says: May 15, 2013 3:21 PM

    good riddance. it was low risk high reward. within 2 weeks he already got arrested by doing the one thing he said he wouldnt do…go home. good luck with your life. youre gonna need it

  114. Joemontanaflacco says: May 15, 2013 3:22 PM

    Obviously, he doesn’t want to be cut when it only hurts his reputation and he gets no $. Ravens prove they are a classy operation by letting him bow out gracefully.

    This is why we are World Champs and the Steelers are still trying to dig themselves out of a hole that’s only getting deeper.

  115. nativeraider says: May 15, 2013 3:23 PM

    Damn hes only 23!? Most college athelets would just now be coming out of college right now! Fix yourself RO and dont throw your life away, your just too immature…

  116. walkinginthewasteland says: May 15, 2013 3:24 PM

    Rolando and Titus should start a hip-hop duo and go by the stage name #FAIL

    Fixed.

  117. Shinnbone says: May 15, 2013 3:24 PM

    Somehow I have a feeling this won’t be the last time we here about Rolando McClain, and I’m pretty sure Football won’t be part of the story either.

  118. golforepar says: May 15, 2013 3:27 PM

    Un retiring is easy!

    Brett Favre

  119. Shinnbone says: May 15, 2013 3:27 PM

    Boy I’ll tell you that McClain he was one hell of a ball player, HOF career if you didn’t get a chance to see him play….well you really missed something special.

  120. u4iadman says: May 15, 2013 3:32 PM

    You should return some of the money you stole from Oakland. Frustrating.
    Do hope you can pull your life together though.

  121. bengalsucker says: May 15, 2013 3:33 PM

    So when do the Bengals get credit for not signing this clown? But the Ravens actually had to pay people to negotiate a contract for him. Nice work Ozzie. You’re the greatest GM ever from what I hear.

  122. steelcurtainn says: May 15, 2013 3:35 PM

    Looks like Ozzy isnt the genius ravens fans make him out to be. Lucky for the ravens, he decided to retire.

  123. asimonetti88 says: May 15, 2013 3:44 PM

    he will join the concussion lawsuit before the end of the month

  124. psj3809 says: May 15, 2013 3:46 PM

    What a waste. Leaving college he was the ‘safe’ pick for Oakland, a good sensible draft choice. Showed some promise as a rookie but then it all started to go downhill.

    Retiring at 23 ? What people are giving him advice? Work hard on the 1 year deal with the Ravens and it could equate to a big new deal.

    That moneys going to run out at some stage and then no doubt he’ll be doing the Jamarcus Russell ‘boo hoo look at me’ begging type video he released recently.

    Its sad in a way but hes only got himself to blame.

  125. luckyd8402 says: May 15, 2013 3:48 PM

    How long until his kids are on food stamps?

  126. cannonballdookie says: May 15, 2013 3:48 PM

    No, the term “retiring” should be reserved for those who played the game with respect and passion, what Mr McClain is doing is called quitting and flaming out. He’d probably be in government housing facilities unable to hold a job if it weren’t for the National Football League. Good riddance.

  127. ravenseers says: May 15, 2013 3:53 PM

    So long Rolando! We are better off without you. I guess you found out police is tougher here in Bmore than in your hometown.
    Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard. GO RAVENS !

  128. getyourownname says: May 15, 2013 3:54 PM

    Haters fail to understand it cost the Ravens nothing to do this, so it was not a failed signing. Now, I don’t think they should have signed him in the first place, and maybe (probably?) the “retirement” was really “retire or we will cut you”, but it didn’t cost them anything.

  129. granadafan says: May 15, 2013 3:55 PM

    “hovadagod says: May 15, 2013 1:31 PM
    I hope he gets the mental help that he obviously needs”
    ===============================================

    Huh? Let’s not pretend he’s mentally ill like Titus Young. Rolando McClain is a straight up turd, a criminal, and sefl-entitled wannabe gangsta. How else do you explain someone who was given the opportunity of a lifetime, fame, wealth and threw it all away because he thought he could commit crimes like shooting at someone and think it’s ok.

  130. cmich2006 says: May 15, 2013 3:58 PM

    At least he did what the Ravens didn’t have the guts to do…now wait for the report he was about to be cut to save face.

  131. 00reo says: May 15, 2013 3:59 PM

    As someone who lives near Decatur, AL, I’m very sad to hear this b/c it means he may be around here more often…

  132. phinfan says: May 15, 2013 4:13 PM

    Since hes being placed onto the Reserve/Retired list can he still be liable of the ‘days without an arrest clock’?

    Because if he isn’t that average just dropped.

  133. baltimoresnativeson says: May 15, 2013 4:13 PM

    Truth is, he might still play for the Ravens this year. I’m being dead serious.

  134. p4hbiz says: May 15, 2013 4:24 PM

    Once a Raven, Alway’s a Raven

  135. cwenger says: May 15, 2013 4:30 PM

    therealraiderduck says:
    May 15, 2013 1:19 PM

    Just another example of someone who quit caring the minute he was paid.

    —————————————————-

    Don’t be ridiculous, he played for Alabama. He’s been getting paid for several years now.

  136. kinggator says: May 15, 2013 4:32 PM

    Sad to say, but this will likely not end well. McClain & Young .. how to not make it in the “League”. Lets hope they both stay out of jail, don’t get shot and stay out of Chris Henry’s Ex’s pickup truck bed. RIP Slim!

  137. gonavybeatarmy says: May 15, 2013 4:35 PM

    So does this mean he is ineligible for the Ravens Criminal Mount Rushmore? If so, there are so many other worthy candidates.

  138. troofbtold says: May 15, 2013 4:42 PM

    This was part of the Ozzie Plan.
    He was just trying to throw other teams off.
    Just wait. He’s playing chess while the others sit in their drool.

  139. mazblast says: May 15, 2013 4:51 PM

    souldogdave says: May 15, 2013 2:16 PM

    Don’t that beat all. Kid’s as dumb as a sack of hammers.
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    That’s an insult to sacks of hammers everywhere. He’s dumber than that.
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    bengalsucker says: May 15, 2013 3:33 PM

    So when do the Bengals get credit for not signing this clown? But the Ravens actually had to pay people to negotiate a contract for him. Nice work Ozzie. You’re the greatest GM ever from what I hear.
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    Typical Bungles fan, taking credit somehow for something they didn’t do and celebrating the Mighty Bagels’ 45 years of accomplishing nothing.

    Dear Bugles fan, the Ravens are the World Champions, much as it gripes this Steelers fan to say it. They are #1. Your team is nobody, has no Lombardi Trophies in its offices, has not won a playoff game since Bush Sr. was President, and neither your team nor you has one blessed thing to gloat about.

    The Ravens spent nothing on this guy, lost nothing, and are the best until someone knocks them out. If that happens, I doubt that it will be your unaccomplished team that does it.

  140. csdaddy7777 says: May 15, 2013 4:56 PM

    I thought u wanted to play for a real team Rolondo. Unreal the Jamarcus of LB’s. Quitter

  141. theuglitruth says: May 15, 2013 6:34 PM

    All I can say is: “Nice move Ozzie”. Hilarious!

  142. flavadave10 says: May 15, 2013 7:11 PM

    Not sure how this is a mistake by Ozzie Newsome. Didn’t cost him a dime to get rid of McClain. Tons of undrafted free agents that teams give tryouts to are cut, I suppose each of one them are mistakes as well?

  143. freebledsoe says: May 15, 2013 7:45 PM

    Retiring at 23? i don’t get it…
    What does he have to fall back on, anybody know? I know he’s had legal problems and makes bad decisions but this is kind of bizarre to me. Maybe he needs time off to clear up legal troubles and try to get his life in order? I hope so

  144. drelms says: May 16, 2013 1:43 AM

    What a freakin loser this guy is. Just another athlete that either has the wrong friends, dates the wrong women, or does not have the ability to control himself. No lost to society, let him go.

  145. packerbadger says: May 16, 2013 8:48 AM

    Want fries with that?

  146. packerbadger says: May 16, 2013 9:08 AM

    He was mad that he had to take a pay cut after playing in Alabama. The good ol’ boy system in Alabama is much better at hiding stuff than in Oakland and Baltimore.

  147. bcgreg says: May 17, 2013 1:06 PM

    Didn’t know Rolando McClain was even IN the NFL.

  148. thestatsishere says: May 19, 2013 2:10 AM

    I’m stunned. I’d figure he try to earn a few more paychecks

  149. oldcracker says: May 21, 2013 3:31 AM

    He’ll go home, hit bottom, dry out, find Jesus, and then become a local cop. He’ll end up giving “Dare” speeches at the local schools and handing out his football trading cards.

    Or, he’ll send off for one of those internet Preacher certificates, set up a tent, and tell others how to live their lives.

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