Multiple sources confirm that Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain’s latest failed drug test was triggered from his use of “the purple drank.”
He told team it was because of marijuana, per a source.
Purple drank, also known on the street at sizzurp or lean, is a concoction which includes codeine, cough syrup, and sprite. A Jolly Rancher hard candy is often thrown in for extra sweetness.
McClain is in stage three of the NFL’s substance abuse program and has been suspended for the first 10 games of the 2016.
Although he was back in Dallas last week, McClain did not join the team for the flight to training camp on Thursday as expected and was placed on reserve/did not report list.
McClain missed the entire offseason program, including organized team activities _ though he showed up out of shape for mini camp to avoid being fined.
It all raises questions about his future in the NFL and whether he wants to play at all. His continued use of the purple drank could prompt a longer suspension from the NFL.
“Even we don’t know all the details,” vice-president Stephen Jones said Tuesday. “We just don’t know.”
McClain subjected to be fined $40,000 a day for missing training camp, per the NFL collective bargaining agreement. The Cowboys have not decided whether to levy the fine. The Cowboys could release McClain, costing them $750,000 against the cap.
As of now, the situation remains in limbo.
McClain has retired twice before and the owner Jerry Jones had to coax him out of retirement to join the Cowboys in 2014.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett declined comment when asked about McClain on Tuesday.
“We are focused on the guys who are here,” Garrett said.
McClain is one of three Cowboys who will begin 2016 on suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, joining defensive ends DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory.
Lawrence, who will miss the first four games, is in training camp with the rest of his teammates.
Gregory, who has been suspended for the first 10 games like McClain, is in a drug treatment center and may not play at all this year.