The fall from grace by former quarterback Ryan Leaf continues, as he gets arrested for a second time in the last week on Monday.
Ryan Leaf was first arrested last Friday after oxycodone pills, not prescribed to him were found in his golf bag. Later a friend told police the former NFL player stole them from his home. He was released later in the day after posting a $76,000 bond.
Then on Sunday a home owner alleged that a man fitting Leaf’s description burglarized his home. The owner told police when he returned home Sunday afternoon a “tall man with an athletic build” was inside. The owner said that when he confronted Leaf, he told him that he mistakenly went to the wrong address and left.
The owners of the home later called police after discovering that three bottles of prescription medication were missing. When Montana police picked Leaf up on Monday, he did not act surprised when told why he was again being arrested.
A search of Leaf’s home revealed 89 loose hydrocodone pills in the pocket of a bathrobe. Police also checked the memory of the GPS system in Leaf’s truck, and it showed he was in the driveway of the home he was alleged to burglarize on Sunday afternoon, along with 5 to 10 other residences in the area. Police were checking in with those home owners as well.
Leaf had once been a standout college player at Washington State University and was a Heisman Trophy finalist. He was drafted number 2 overall in the 1998 NFL draft to the San Diego Chargers. Peyton Manning, which Leaf was compared to at the time was the number 1 pick by Indianapolis.
In the 3 year NFL career of Leaf’s he was hampered by injuries, most notably to his wrist which forced him to retire from football in 2001. He is considered to be the No. 1 “draft bust” of all time in the NFL.
He married a Chargers cheerleader in 2001 but was divorced just two years later. In 2009 Leaf was arrested for the first time for burglary and possession of a controlled substance, at the time of his arrest he was already undergoing drug rehab. Since then he has had a more legal troubles and arrests due to his addiction.