Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole provided more context into the situation on Tuesday.
“He is abusing a codeine-based drug called ‘Purple Drank’,” Ross explained. “What is basically is a combination of sprite and codeine or cough syrup in this case that leaves it with a purple color. It is also ingested constantly and victims of using this often gain lots and lots of weight. That’s exactly what happened with McClain’s case where he has gained approximately 40 pounds, according to those two sources. He is incredibly out of shape at this point and time even if he was to try and return to football.”
The Dallas Cowboys linebacker played for the Crimson Tide from 2007-09, collecting 274 tackles, 31.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks and five interceptions.
This is the second time that McClain has broken the league’s substance abuse policy, as he was suspended the first four games of the 2015 season for the same infraction.
He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders with the No. 8 overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft after winning SEC Defensive Player of the Year and earning unanimous All-American honors during the 2009 season. In five NFL seasons, McClain has amassed 407 tackles and 9.5 sacks. He collected 80 tackles in 11 games last year.
Yet, it seems like his career with the Cowboys could be coming an end, according to one of Cole’s sources.
“It’s almost impossible to ever see Rolando McClain playing for the Dallas Cowboys again,” Cole said, citing his source.