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Ryan Leaf remains in jail as two states discuss what to do with him


When Ryan Leaf was arrested on Friday, he quickly posted bond and was released. When he was arrested again on Monday, he had no such luck.

Leaf will stay in jail in Great Falls, Montana while prosecutors in that state work with prosecutors in Texas, where he is on probation after pleading guilty to eight felony charges in 2010. The Montana Probation and Parole Office told the Great Falls Tribune that Leaf could be held in a Montana jail for up to 30 days while the two states determine whether Leaf should be shipped to Texas for violating his probation.

Leaf got a 10-year suspended sentence in Texas in 2010. Authorities say a decision on whether he now has to serve that sentence will come after Leaf’s Montana charges have been resolved.

It’s not clear why Leaf’s first arrest didn’t result in the 30-day hold, but the second arrest was enough. Both of Leaf’s arrests were the result of allegedly breaking into homes to steal prescription medication. The photo here shows Leaf making a court appearance this week via video link from jail.

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30 Responses to “Ryan Leaf remains in jail as two states discuss what to do with him”
  1. sportmentary says: Apr 4, 2012 2:39 PM

    He’s going to be doing some serious time. It’s sad to see the guy derail like this. Drug addiction has so much power over people and I’m sure his having cancer and receiving treatments played a role in him relapsing.

    The guy needs to do some time but above that, he needs help. I hope that authorities can keep that in mind and help him deal with the disease of addiction and his cancer!

  2. ezmagic says: Apr 4, 2012 2:42 PM

    How sad…. Makes you wonder about how some drugs are legal while others that arent should be… Just saying..He wasn’t looking for some pot to smoke was he…

  3. cubano76 says: Apr 4, 2012 2:44 PM

    Damn, a life wrecked by the pressure of the NFL. Shows two things: 1). Not just anyone can play in the NFL. 2). The physical and emotional damage lasts a lifetime.

    Feel bad for the guy. Made his own choices, and now will pay the price. Wish someone would have stepped in and helped him though.

  4. pacificnw7722 says: Apr 4, 2012 2:45 PM

    Dude should do time and get clean….could be a GOOD thing for him.

  5. catquick says: Apr 4, 2012 2:52 PM

    I wonder how he did in his wonderlic?

  6. tombradyswig says: Apr 4, 2012 2:53 PM

    This guy is a real winner!!

  7. bennywisest says: Apr 4, 2012 2:54 PM

    In the end Leaf was sent to Texas and Montana chose to prosecute a guy named Manning….

  8. orakpownd says: Apr 4, 2012 2:56 PM

    Its actually getting sad at this point. Leaf….get your sh%$ together bro.

  9. blacknole08 says: Apr 4, 2012 2:57 PM

    Wow… Leaf went from two teams having to make a choice t0 now having two penitentiaries having to make a choice.

    Kinda feel bad for him though.

  10. vegaskid21 says: Apr 4, 2012 2:58 PM

    Just leave him there

  11. whatnojets says: Apr 4, 2012 3:03 PM

    Don’t worry Ryan, many of your fellow current NFL players will be visiting/staying with you in jail.

  12. glenne81 says: Apr 4, 2012 3:11 PM

    i would really rather not see this guy fail. its not fun to watch.

  13. bchapman2011 says: Apr 4, 2012 3:15 PM

    Homeboy must be going through some nasty withdrawls in prison…..I dont know from personal experience but I would imagine that prison is a gnarly place to sober up.

  14. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 4, 2012 3:36 PM

    The new Nike “Big House” uniforms.

  15. covercorner says: Apr 4, 2012 3:38 PM

    This is not NFL news. Do you think the Browns are going to sign Ryan Leaf to be a backup QB? Yes, he was a bust, but half of the draft picks don’t produce. It’s time to move on from Ryan Leaf and his misery.

  16. purple4reak says: Apr 4, 2012 3:39 PM

    Your world frightens and confuses me, Ryan. But what do I know…I’m just a simple caveman. Wow, life seems to somewhat come full-circle for him. It wasn’t that long ago, two teams were deciding his NFL fate. Now he has two states deciding his life in general fate. Just sad…not as sad as the present state of my Vikings…but sad nonetheless.

  17. nice2meetumarco says: Apr 4, 2012 3:42 PM

    Ryan Leaf seems like a really swell guy and I believe he would make an excellent NFL quarterback.

  18. duanethomas says: Apr 4, 2012 3:44 PM

    Ryan Leaf has to go back to Texas.

    Texas only has queers and steers.

    I don’t see any horns on Leaf…… he should do well in prison. His dance card will be punched everynight, if you know what I mean.

  19. conormacleod says: Apr 4, 2012 3:45 PM

    Why feel sorry for him? He was given more opportunities than most of us, yet we’re not on drugs or in jail. It’s simple. Make choices, and then live with the consequences of those choices.

  20. toolkien says: Apr 4, 2012 3:47 PM

    Do people realize that until the post office ratted him out to the Authorities, Leaf was simply buying his poison through the mail and not harming anyone else or their property? Leaf was exercising the satisfaction of a VICE. It was the incorrect treatment of a vice as a crime that set in motion the actual commission of a crime (the harming of another person or their property – namely burglary).

    One hundred fifty years ago, Lysander Spooner wrote an essay – Vices Are Not Crimes which everyone should read. Prohibition, writ large OR small, causes more problems than it solves. It is pretty clear that the State trying to cure a less than optimal situation through Force only creates a less optimal situation. Leaf wasn’t endangering anyone, the State steps in, Leaf is endangering people. And now he’s going to be put in an iron and concrete box at taxpayer expense for several years. Hard to detect how the latter is more optimal than the former.

  21. indywilson40 says: Apr 4, 2012 3:50 PM

    Ryan Leaf is just misunderstood.

  22. pdxbolt says: Apr 4, 2012 4:02 PM

    I seriously doubt that Ryan will get clean in prison. You can still get any kind of drug in the big house, although you’re going to be paying a 1000% markup. But by all accounts he’s actually managed his money fairly well, so that won’t be an issue. The real issue is the damage that prescription drugs have done and continue to do to our society. I watch Intervention on A&E once in a while. These kids are slamming Xanax, Oxy, and Morphine nowadays. Whatever happened to shotgunning a beer and smoking a joint?

  23. dexterismyhero says: Apr 4, 2012 4:19 PM

    Wow. He may be ready for the Bengals!!!

  24. hawaiifunfnull says: Apr 4, 2012 4:21 PM

    This story and Florence v. Board of Freeholders may be enough to turn me into a raging libertarian.

  25. teddybayer123 says: Apr 4, 2012 4:27 PM


    I agree with 100%! Criminalizing this behavior is archaic.

    Ryan Leaf’s name brings the name, “Steve Howe” comes to mind.

    Good luck Ryan.

  26. sportmentary says: Apr 4, 2012 4:42 PM

    @toolkien I’m sympathetic to LEaf but lets get honest here. The reason he was being targeted has to do with a bigger issue. People obtaining illegal drugs can have the following consequences:

    Those supplying them could be supplying dangerous drugs that aren’t being monitored by qualifies physicians.

    The person obtaining the drugs, could be trying to push those drugs on others, even minors. Those drugs could pose serious dangers to those receiving the drugs.

    These are serious issues and should be dealt with in a serious manner.

  27. hrmlss says: Apr 4, 2012 5:41 PM

    He’s anxious to get out, he now has offers to sign with the Raiders, Bengals, Eagles, and Jets.

  28. 10rg3 says: Apr 4, 2012 6:25 PM

    Wow,what a as.. don’t feel sorry for him.

  29. seanatch says: Apr 4, 2012 6:41 PM

    Not football news really…it’s too sad to watch. Too many people close to NFL would probably say they saw this coming.

  30. polishkingski says: Apr 5, 2012 11:28 AM

    @purple4reak….love the unfrozen caveman lawyer reference. way to go dude!

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