Former Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain is in the news for all the wrong reasons yet again in his rocky career.
McClain, currently with the Cowboys, was suspended for the first 10 games of the season on June 30, for violating the NFL substance abuse policy. On Tuesday, reports surfaced on what exactly McClain was suspended for.
The No. 8 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by Oakland tested positive for a concoction known as "purple drank," according to multiple national reports. The drink is a mixture of Sprite, cough syrup and codeine.
"Even we don't know all the details," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Tuesday to the Dallas Morning News. "We just don't know."
McClain was expected to board the team's flight to California for training camp last week, but he was a no show. Instead, the 27-year-old linebacker was placed on the reserve/did not report list.
Last season, McClain missed the first four games of the year for multiple failed drug tests in the past. He also retired multiple times before joining the Cowboys for the 2014 season, after being out of football in 2013.
With the Raiders, McClain was arrested in October, 2011, and charged with third-degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment, and discharging a firearm inside the city limits. McClain was found guilty in May of 2012 and the charges were then dismissed in November of 2012 after a financial settlement was reached.
In January of 2013, McClain was arrested for a window tint violation, in which he used a fake name to the police. The Raiders released McClain on April 5, 2013. Only 16 days later, he was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
As a Raider, McClain recorded 246 tackles in three seasons.
The last two seasons with the Cowboys, McClain has totaled 167 tackles in 24 games played.