Raiders suspend McClain after Facebook rant
It’s a standard workplace principle that you shouldn’t bash your employer on Facebook, particularly after you’ve been asked to leave the premises and been suspended without pay.
Somebody should probably tell Rolando McClain that such a practice extends into the football world.
The Oakland Raiders’ middle linebacker was suspended for two games Friday following undisclosed issues on the practice field and a long Facebook rant in which he berated the team, CSN Bay Area’s Paul Gutierrez reports. The time missed will also be unpaid, costing McClain a cool $114,117.65.
I know I know, you wish you made that much in the span of two weeks. Join the club.
The suspension follows an incident in which head coach Dennis Allen asked McClain to leave the practice field Wednesday after a “heated” argument between the player and his coach. Allen commented Thursday that there would “be consequences to his actions…”
What McClain did is still unclear, but it led to Allen handing down the suspension for “conduct detrimental to the team.”
What we DO know is the McClain took to Facebook Wednesday following his dismissal from practice to bash on the team: “Officially no longer an Oakland Raider!!” his first post read, before adding, “Well technically I am. But I’m mentally done. Just waiting on my papers.”
Waiting for your papers, huh?
Sounds like somebody’s itching to get out of the 5-1-0.
The string of angry rants continued on, stating that the situation was “out of his hands” and that he is “looking forward to playing with an actual team.”
SFGate reports the comments have since been deleted.
Perhaps McClain thought that, if he complained enough, he’d get his wish and be shipped off to a new — I beg your pardon, ACTUAL — team.
Sure, he isn’t going to be playing for Oakland these next two weeks, but he has also been stripped out of two paychecks. Plus, the House of Raider isn’t giving him the luxury of wooing another team, and taking inside knowledge of Oakland’s defense with him, as Gutierrez points out.