Going from the neighborhood to becoming a millionaire has proved to not be an easy thing to do. However, becoming a millionaire in the NFL is a different thing. The league offers programs and mentor's to rookies entering the NFL. Most have watched plenty of examples of what NOT to do if and/or when they get their opportunity to play Football on the Worlds largest stage. Yet season after season young players find themselves in trouble for NOT using common sense.
So here is Rolando McClain arrested on three misdemeanor charges including reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm in the city limits after being involved in a fight. As a die hard Raider supporter I will say this, when you come from nothing and are earning that kind of money playing a game you have loved since you could carry a Football, there is NO way any football player blessed with an opportunity to play the game and get paid millions for it should ever put it at risk.. In my opinion a person that breaks the law with those type of resources deserves absolutely NO leniency.
Playing in the NFL is a privilege, and every player should be thankful and grateful they can play the game they love professionally. I am not saying it isn't a business, it is, and players should fight for their rights within the business of the game. However, when a player allows the streets to come before their career the question becomes, "Should they have to sit out until all the legal proceedings have run their course?". In one respect, No, because technically you are innocent until proved guilty, and as we all know that is a joke if you don't have any money. Secondly, "Should the arrest prompt some sort of penalty from the league before adjudication?"
In all fairness in my opinion we must wait until all the facts are on the table and final adjudication has been made in the matter. Now, if a player is convicted and they are under contract, then are sentenced to do time, the team that owns the rights to that contract should of course keep those rights, however, the terms of that contract should be open for renegotiation when the player being lost is a starter and has cost his team in performance. The need to replace that player and the replacement players performance should factor into a new contract should the team choose to bring the player back. Basically, I am saying it shouldn't be easy when a player chooses to do something that jeopardizes his life and his team.