Just two days after being arrested for burglary and possession of drugs, Ryan Leaf has been arrested again. Showing the kind of consistency he never did as a professional quarterback, the most recent arrest was, once again, for burglary and possession of drugs.
Details of this most recent arrest haven't been released, but the good news is that he can't do it again. He's being detained this time on a violation of his probation.
The second-overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, Leaf's history of abusing prescription drugs is long and, evidently, ongoing. In 2009, Leaf was charged with breaking into a home, and seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. He was eventually fined $20,000 and sentenced to 10 years of probation.
All of this came after Leaf's very short, very unspectacular professional career. In 1998, Leaf was thought to be the equal of Peyton Manning as a quarterback, and there was much debate over who would be the better professional. Manning will eventually be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Leaf retired at the age of 26, having played just three years in the NFL with a quarterback rating of 50.0. And the unfortunate truth is that his NFL career may have gone better than his life after football.
With the draft approaching, it's a fascinating cautionary story. Even with all the research, background checks and preparation teams do, there will still be major, major personality problems that won't show up until after a guy is drafted. They might not be this severe, but they'll be there.
Anyway, Leaf Is still out there somewhere, still trying desperately to get things figured out. We wish him the best. If there's ever been a cry for help, it's being arrested for an attempt to acquire prescription drugs illegally, being released, and then pretty much immediately doing the same thing.
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