Ten days after signing a one-year $700,000 deal with the Baltimore Ravens and then after another arrest, for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, linebacker Rolando McClain has decided to retire from the NFL

According to USA Today Sports:

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome announced via the team’s Twitter account that the former first-round pick was placed on the reserve/retired list Wednesday.


“Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL,” Newsome said.

McClain’s retirement came as a surprise not only to the team, but also to his family. His grandmother was especially shocked:

“He did what now?” she said to USA TODAY Sports.


He retired.


“Who did?”




“Oh, Lord have mercy,” she said.

Speculation is that his recent arrest was the final straw that pushed the decision. According to police, McClain yelled an obscenity at officers after they responded to a disturbance at a park in his hometown of Decatur, Alabama. It was McClain’s third arrest in 16 months — with all of the arrests occurring in his hometown. He was released from the Raiders, but the Ravens felt he deserved a second chance. 

Perhaps he’s already had one chance too many. Besides, of all the things he’s done, leaving the NFL may be the best decision he’s ever made.

What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis