May 22, 2009
Some readers might recall ex-Washington State star turned infamous NFL bust Ryan Leaf's abrupt resignation as West Texas A&M quarterbacks and men's golf coach last November amid allegations of "a minor drug crime," though the former No. 2 draft pick wasn't arrested. Thursday, those chickens came home to roost:
CANYON, Texas (AP) -- Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been indicted by a Randall County grand jury on drug and burglary charges.
The indictment handed up Wednesday in Canyon charged the 33-year-old former San Diego Chargers quarterback and former West Texas A&M quarterbacks coach with one count of burglary to a habitation, seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of delivery of a simulated controlled substance.
The indictment said Leaf presented an incomplete medical history to several physicians between January 2008 and September 2008 to get or try to obtain the painkiller Hydrocodone.
Canyon police Lt. Dale Davis said Leaf is suspected of breaking into a Canyon apartment on Oct. 30 and stealing Hydrocodone, which had been prescribed to an injured football player.
"We have not found any evidence implicating anyone other than Mr. Leaf in this case ... but believe there's additional evidence implicating him in other events," [Randall County district attorney James] Farren said. He would not elaborate.
The saddest part of the AP's story, the one most likely to circulate and be picked up across the country and across the Web, doesn't even mention Leaf's prolific career at Washington State, the one towering success in his life that made him such a shooting star in the first place 12 years ago. Apparently, in addition to his status as hot-tempered pro flameout and now alleged criminal drug abuser, he's better known as a Division II position coach than as the All-American who averaged 330 yards passing as a junior, finished third in Heisman voting and led Wazzu to its first ever Pac-10 championship. That's what happens, I guess, when you talk to reporters like this.
According to the AP, Leaf has been in rehab in British Columbia, and is being coaxed to return to Texas of his own volition.