Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain got another chance with the organization, signing a one-year, $5 million deal this past offseason. However, that appears to have not been enough motivation for the troubled linebacker to stay out of…well, trouble.
McClain currently is facing a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, but according to a report by Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, his offseason activities may be enough to have ended his playing days for good.
That’s because according to Cole’s sources, McClain has gained 40 pounds this offseason while deciding to partake in the codiene-laced drink commonly known as ‘purple drank.’ It is part of the NFL’s banned substances list, and even with the suspension hanging over his head, McClain hasn’t been able to kick the habit.
It certainly is a sad state of affairs for the former top 10 NFL draft pick back in 2010. However, it isn’t his first brush with the NFL and the law. McClain was previously arrested three times in less than 16 months. Most will likely remember the smirking arrest picture as well.
There even was his one season of exile out of the NFL in 2013 before eventually attempting a comeback with the Cowboys in 2014. In his two seasons with the Cowboys, McClain totaled 117 tackles, three sacks, and three interceptions.
McClain has racked up just 292 tackles and 9.5 sacks in his five-year career in the NFL as well, and now it appears that the dark path he was trying to escape has caught him up in a bad way.