Baltimore Ravens linebacker Rolando McClain, who abruptly retired on Wednesday, has shed some light on what led him to make the unexpected decision. After three arrests in less than a year and a half, McClain decided it was time to get his 'personal life together.'
"Clearly, my decision to retire has raised some questions," McClain said in a statement. "Quite simply, I love football, but I have decided at this time it is in my best interest to focus on getting my personal life together. Beyond that, I am not sure what the future holds for me, including football. This was entirely my decision and the Ravens have been very supportive during this process. I am very grateful for the opportunity they gave me and wish them the best of luck in the future. God willing, maybe I'll play for them one day."
Getting his personal life together is a great priority for McClain, who was selected eighth overall by Oakland in the 2010 NFL Draft. McClain has been arrested three times since December 2011, including an arrest in April where he was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
The third-year linebacker was released by the Raiders on April 5, signed by Baltimore a week later and then arrested on April 21. He informed Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome of his plan to retire on May 15.
The 23-year-old has been placed on Baltimore's Reserve/Retired list, so if he does make the decision to return to football, the Ravens will retain his rights. McClain's April contract with Baltimore was a one-year, $700,000 deal with no guaranteed money.