Posted January 17, 2013

Ex-NFL QB Ryan Leaf sent to prison

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Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf, taken one pick after Peyton Manning in the 1998 NFL Draft, was sent to Montana state prison after being kicked out of a residential drug program, reports the Great Falls Tribune (via ProFootballTalk).

Leaf was at the rehabilitation center to start a five-year prison term. He had been arrested twice in less than a week – in March and April of last year —  for trying to steal prescription painkillers.

But officials “terminated Leaf from the treatment program and placed him in prison after he was found guilty of behavior that violated conditions of his drug treatment placement,” Dawn Handa, regional probation and parole administrator in Great Falls, said in a statement to the Great Falls Tribune. “The violations included threatening a program staff member.”

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Leaf would have been in line to serve only about 15 months of his sentence if he had successfully completed the rehab program, the paper reported.

Leaf, the strong-armed quarterback from Washington State, was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the second pick in the NFL Draft. He struggled on the field and played in only 25 career games. He has dealt with substance abuse issues in subsequent years.


21 comments
pio
pio

maybe during his incarceration he will be rehabilitated enough to turn over a "new Leaf " in life!

DeeSleest
DeeSleest

He deserves another 5 for being the ultimate NFL bust.

Domino
Domino

who caresa loser from day 1

DavidGeorge
DavidGeorge

Since when is a shitty career against the law?

 

JoshStanley
JoshStanley

He took lots of hits. They just werent football related.

Cool
Cool

Well since he only played 25 NFL games, he probably isn't going to be able to join the "concussion" group, but maybe he can sue Washington State for making him take so many hits.

jrisebo1
jrisebo1

least he has his college education to fall back on when he gets out. FAIL

James C
James C

In regards to the comments below regarding when he started using drugs and if it was covered up. It is very possible he was not using drugs in college and did not begin using until during or after his NFL career. 

 

His performance was good in college then dropped of significantly once he entered the NFL. That is the first sign that he may not have been using in college. 

 

Another possible indication is that he is addicted to pain killers. Pain killer addictions normally result from someone being prescribed pain killers to treat an injury. From what I have found there was o significant injury to Leaf while at WSU. He did suffer injuries while in SD, which possibly resulted in the addiction to pain killers. 

 

One thing is for sure. He has proven himself to be self centered and dumber than a box of rocks when it comes to this issue. He was a two sport coach at West Texas A&M (a solid DII athletic program). He acted as the QB coach and the mens golf coach until he lost that job due to his pain killer addiction. Normally a person with a brain in their head would realize they have a problem and get help. Leaf isn't that smart and will now have 5 years to think about his mistakes. Hopefully his time in prison will include drug treatment and anger management treatment, lord knows he needs it. 

 

I hope he gets himself back together, but he is the type person I could see not making it out of prison. His temper could result in him pissing off the wrong person in prison which is something he will regret. 

LonnieBeerman
LonnieBeerman

He didn't just start doing drugs as soon as he was drafted. No doubt, he was doing them in college, but coaches tend to overlook anything that might threaten or compromise THEIR winning season. Even if it means turning a blind eye to a young athlete who is in self-destruct mode. They stoop to any level for a win.

Wouldn't want to mar the coaches record, would we? Ask Paterno (if you could) about looking the other way.

Our so-called "institutions of higher learning" are warping our children to their agenda, be it politics or sports.

To them, our children are Silly Putty for them to play/experiment with.

Liberal thinking is "free" thinking. Anything else is bigotted, neanderthal and irrelevent.

KirkLazarus
KirkLazarus

ThomasPaine, we can pay for them in prison and keep them off of drugs or we can pay for the damage they do outside to others and the damage they do to themselves through drug use, and still pay to feed them.  It's cheaper to pay to maintain them than to allow them self destruct with a blast radius.

ThomasPaine
ThomasPaine

Putting drug users in prison is an insane waste of time and money.  Legalize drug consumption; increase the penalties for selling them.  That would make far more sense than our current statutory scheme.

dianedilewe
dianedilewe

And this trip will make him a "Well" man because?

bobcatwelder
bobcatwelder

Maybe he will turn over a new "leaf" while in prison .

ArthurKaske
ArthurKaske

I spent 9 years at MSP, for a crime I can now prove I did not commit.  It sucks.

renoruona
renoruona

Ryan Leaf is just a human time bomb waiting to go off.  I hope he stays in Jail for a while until he wakes up.

Renoruona

TylerHawkins
TylerHawkins

He's REALLY "Cryin' Leaf ", now ! ..............

cborgia
cborgia

 @LonnieBeerman Gee, Lonnie, you don't sound very lib-rul, but you appear to have bigoted, Neanderthal and irrelevant well covered. Just what does big time athletics have to do with liberalism, or higher education? The faculty at most colleges are embarrassed by the bread and circuses foisted on them by administrators and state governments looking to pump up alumni donations and visibility. Almost all these programs are big money losers that are ego-driven and destructive. It isn't the lib-rul element of society that supports them. 

Your artless segue into politics is worthy of a Palin supporter. Ryan Leaf isn't a political casualty. He's a dumb spoiled ex-jock who thought he was a Master of the Universe and could do anything he wanted.

cborgia
cborgia

 @KirkLazarus False. The cost of putting a million or so victimless 'criminals' into prison every year is far more costly than the damage that deranged pot-smokers, or even heroin users, would do. We are destroying the lives of millions of young Americans, and while we are at we create market conditions that allow huge drug gangs to get rich, recruit, and arm themselves with the best that money can buy. It's insane. 

freighthogger
freighthogger

 @ThomasPaine This guy is breaking-into-peoples' homes.  He's a ticking tragedy, waiting to happen.

 

Try typing a comment when you're not under the influence of some narcotic & wearing the 'legalize it' shades.

MTJarhead
MTJarhead

It's not because he USED drugs, it's because he burglarized and stole to fund his drug use.

cborgia
cborgia

 @renoruona I doubt it. I think he's a human root vegetable waiting to rot. I have little sympathy for burglars and thieves, however.