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Rolando McClain Is The Problem, Not The Rest Of Us


Following his latest arrest you would think Rolando McClain might take a moment to reflect on where his life is heading. Of course getting jailed over an illegal tint is hardly the type of mistake one would consider life changing. I know the last time I got a fix it ticket the only pondering I did was how much it would cost to get a replacement blub at the whatever auto parts store was in my neighborhood.

Alas McClain didn’t have to post a $1000 bond because his tint was too dark. Instead it was the defiant act of supposedly signing his name as “F*#@ Y’all” on the citation issued by the officer.

Now I’ll be the first to admit I too have problems with authority. But I also know what issues are worth fighting over and which are best just left alone.

In this case McClain should have just kept it moving. In fact it is being reported that McClain had a doctor’s note permitting his use of the tint. Whether or not that is accurate or permissible is unknown. All we know is McClain could have easily avoided more legal woes, saved himself $1000 and kept his name out of more negative press by just keeping his feelings to himself over such a non-issue.

But that’s not the way things work in McClain’s world. In his mind it’s everyone else that has the problem and not him. He said as much when interviewed by his hometown newspaper following yet another arrest in the same city.

 “I’m falsely accused of everything. It’s corrupt. It’s terrible.”

Let’s play along with McClain for a minute here. Let’s assume that indeed the world is out to get him. That supposed friends were out to falsely accuse him of assault and profiling officers are trying to bust him on whatever they can. If that is in fact true then wouldn’t it make even more sense to lay low and avoid possible problems?

Of course McClain might also think the reason why his professional football career has stalled is because the Oakland Raiders are out to get him too.

All Al Davis did was make McClain a millionaire overnight by drafting him 8th overall.

All Hue Jackson did for McClain was allow him to play the game he loves despite letting his teammates down with an arrest mere days before a crucial game.

All Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen did was to wipe the slate clean and give McClain another chance.

All McClain has done is to spit on every opportunity others have given him.

Whatever comes next for McClain in his pro career is irrelevant. It pretty much seems like he’s destined to be taking shots with JaMarcus Russell at a dive bar in the middle of the week in the very neat future.

However what becomes of McClain’s life is completely up to him. He’s been given ample opportunity and has failed to show any appreciation. If he thinks everyone is out to get him while he’s rich then just wait and see the long list of people (IRS, bankers, realtors, etc.) that will be hounding him while he’s broke.

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