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Leaf faces up to 50 years in prison

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Ryan Leaf, the second overall pick in the 1998 draft, didn’t spend many years in the NFL.  He could be spending 50 of them in prison.

According to the Associated Press, Leaf faces two counts of burglary and two counts of criminal possession of a dangerous drug after his most recent legal troubles in Montana.  The maximum penalties add up to a half-century behind bars.

Rarely if ever does anyone get the max.  But the fact that he’s facing up to 50 means that, if he’s convicted or pleads guilty, Leaf likely will do real time.

He’s also facing legal issues in Texas, where he received a sentence of 10 years probation after a similar incident in 2010.

Leaf currently is jailed without bond as authorities in Montana and Texas share information as to whether he violated the terms of his probation.  On Friday, the prosecutor in Texas said a motion will be filed Monday to revoke Leaf’s probation.

Leaf was arrested two days apart last month.  He had been receiving packages containing controlled substances from another state, and he had stolen oxycodone from an acquaintance’s house.  Far more troubling is the allegation that he was found in the home of two residents whom he didn’t know, and that after he left there were three prescription medications missing.

Regarded as one of the greatest draft busts of all time, Leaf almost was the first overall pick.   The Colts actually wrestled with the question of whether to select Leaf or Peyton Manning.  The Colts finally settled on Manning only after Manning told the Colts that, if they didn’t pick Peyton, he’d kick their ass for the next 15 years.

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  1. sledgehorn says: Apr 14, 2012 8:53 AM

    Ryan Leaf promised the Colts he would kick his own ass for the next 15 years if they didn’t draft him.

  2. humb0lt says: Apr 14, 2012 8:57 AM

    Leaf, JaMarcus Russell, Todd Mariuanavich, Art Schlichter. What a sorry lot of failures. Glad the Bolts only drafted one of these guys.

  3. javierjiminy says: Apr 14, 2012 9:00 AM

    BUSTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. packattack1967 says: Apr 14, 2012 9:01 AM

    Leaf and Manning will be hittin’ the streets about the same time

  5. sportsmeccabi says: Apr 14, 2012 9:22 AM

    “That’s enough out of you. You are the worst kind of scum. I’m going to sentence you to 50 years of maximum security prison. Plenty of times to lift weights and convert to Islam.”

  6. bucs13 says: Apr 14, 2012 9:24 AM

    Three comments-

    1. While noting that Ryan Leaf deserves his sentence for the crimes he committed (such as burglary), it should be noted that addiction is a hell of thing. I feel sad for him and his family that he didn’t get the treatment that he needed.

    2. This is another example of why drug addicts should almost never accept long periods of “probation” in lieu of a shorter actual jail sentence. Had Leaf gone to prison for a short period of time on the original criminal charges, he might have been aware of the consequences of his addiction, and received help. Instead, he skated with no “consequences” but was doomed by the Texas probation, which he inevitably would violate without receiving help. Welcome to the plea bargaining system.

    3. Yes, he sucked as an NFL player.

  7. randomguy9999 says: Apr 14, 2012 9:27 AM

    Leaf did some really questionable stuff while in the NFL…. but now he’s obviously dealing with some serious life problems…

    you don’t do crime unless you can do the time…. but I hope he finds some peace someday….

  8. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Apr 14, 2012 9:32 AM

    some prison time might be exactly what the guy needs. nothing else has worked for him. i hope he can get it figured out before he kills himself or someone else.

  9. mcqphx says: Apr 14, 2012 9:39 AM

    Life Bust

  10. raidmagic says: Apr 14, 2012 9:39 AM

    This has to make him worse than Jamarcus,right?

  11. duanethomas says: Apr 14, 2012 9:41 AM

    If he gets 50 years he needs to get a poster of Betty Grable. Also learn how to do the screws taxes and befriend a Morgan Freeman type. LEAFSHANK REDEMPTION.

  12. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 14, 2012 9:43 AM

    That was a good one sledgehorn, but couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy, what a waste of talent, he’s the poster boy for BUST label

  13. bettis3636 says: Apr 14, 2012 9:44 AM

    Pills are a huge problem these days… Its a shame..

  14. robertjamis says: Apr 14, 2012 9:50 AM

    I can think of nothing that would benefit society more than spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to incarcerate a troubled guy with a medical condition(drug addiction). That will really solve the drug problem in this country.

  15. skinstidecubsfan says: Apr 14, 2012 10:08 AM

    I Don’t think he deserves 50 years in prison for this.clearly,he needs rehab.let’s not forget he had a brain tumor a year or so!sentence him to rehab,put a collar on his leg and confine him to rehab and home,with trips to the doctor and his lawyer also allowed.he is not a career criminal,so don’t treat him like one!

  16. mwcarolina says: Apr 14, 2012 10:09 AM

    Regarded as one of the greatest draft busts of all time
    ——————————————————
    one of????? not in my book, he IS the greatest draft bust of ALL time!!! it’s bad enough to stink on the field or to get in trouble with the police and possibly be in prison for possible 50 years, but he also was a lockerroom and PR nightmare all of which leads to greats draft bust of all time. if you look up draft bust in a dictionary, you see Leaf smiling at you.

  17. uslim2nun says: Apr 14, 2012 10:32 AM

    Yea and people are calling RGIII….. RGLeaf. WTF just read this article idiots !!!!!! OK this sounds just like something RGIII would do.

  18. slaughterrt says: Apr 14, 2012 10:45 AM

    As an officer who works in the corrections system, sending any drug addict to prison for that amount of time is not going to benefit hin. While he may be cut off from the him mail order oxy, there are no shortage of illegal drug smugglers on the inside. This gentleman needs help, not hard time. (I am not excusing him of his crimes, he should not ealk away with a slap on the wrist, but 50 years max for a non violent crime? Murders can get off in a lot less). Controling Leaf’s addiction should stop his criminal acts.

    P.s. Hope he doesn’t run into any San Diego fans.

  19. slaughterrt says: Apr 14, 2012 10:49 AM

    Mwcarolina

    I would count Jamarcus Russel as a close number two. I would have called it closer to a tie until Leaf’s most recent criminal trouble.

  20. dryzzt23 says: Apr 14, 2012 11:31 AM

    Where is the second chance in the NFL for Leaf?

    Vick killed dogs and got a second chance

    Leaf didn’t hurt anyone but himself

  21. keepounding1234 says: Apr 14, 2012 11:40 AM

    robertjamis says:
    Apr 14, 2012 9:50 AM
    I can think of nothing that would benefit society more than spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to incarcerate a troubled guy with a medical condition(drug addiction). That will really solve the drug problem in this country.
    __________________________________
    His medical condition causes him to break into homes.

  22. Christian says: Apr 14, 2012 11:46 AM

    He should ask Paul Crewe how to handle life on the inside.

  23. exhibits5 says: Apr 14, 2012 11:49 AM

    this guy needs a intensive rehabilitation program not 50years in a maximum security facility. he hasn’t. harmed anyone only himself.

  24. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 14, 2012 11:57 AM

    So Leaf could get 50 years, meanwhile we have rapists and child molesters getting out of prison all of the time ’cause their sentences are much shorter. Plus a guy who shot a President (Hinkley) gets weekends at home. The criminal justice system is a joke!

  25. bangitfootball says: Apr 14, 2012 11:59 AM

    Tough to really feel sorry for Leaf when he was such a punk even before he turned into a drug addict.

  26. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 14, 2012 12:00 PM

    What have I missed? Last thing I remembered was Leaf was the #2 overall pick behind peyton, I’d figured by now he would’ve won a SB or two and break all kinds of records instead if laws, but pills are a high epidemic in the US probably in front of weed now

  27. b3nz0z says: Apr 14, 2012 1:05 PM

    very sad stuff.

  28. steelerhypocrite says: Apr 14, 2012 1:20 PM

    raidmagic says:Apr 14, 2012 9:39 AM says:

    This has to make him worse than Jamarcus,right?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    For now it does…however, I have a feeling that JaMarcus will trump everyone with some hideous act somewhere down the line…bet on it.

  29. voiceofrealism says: Apr 14, 2012 1:23 PM

    dryzzt23 says: Apr 14, 2012 11:31 AM

    Where is the second chance in the NFL for Leaf?

    Vick killed dogs and got a second chance

    Leaf didn’t hurt anyone but himself
    ___________________________
    He would need to be able to play the QB position well to get the second chance in the NFL.

  30. barneysbullet says: Apr 14, 2012 1:23 PM

    Where have you gone, Ryan Leaf?

  31. reeseman says: Apr 14, 2012 1:39 PM

    Stupid is as stupid does. Unfortunately stupid is on drugs so, stupid will be going to prison. Shout out to hard knocks series, Let’s see you do a real hard knocks series on Cryin Ryan Leaf.

  32. deetrain11 says: Apr 14, 2012 1:47 PM

    I’m really not shocked that Leaf is quite a bit of support and compassion here on PFT. But I WONDER where was all of this when JaMarcus Russell got in trouble and admitted to having a problem with CODIENE??? There is only ONE difference that I can REALLY think of….and we KNOW what that is!!!! What people don’t LIKE to admit and that doesn’t make a person prejudice, but maybe just a little biased.

  33. mrplow3 says: Apr 14, 2012 1:57 PM

    50 years for breaking in someones home?

    That’s more than three times the preison sentence your average pedo scumbag in this country does.

    Bail revoked?

    Jerry Sandusky one of the greatest monsters in american history is sitting in his PA home playing with his grandkids as we speak.

    The justice system in this country is broken beyond repair.

  34. lombardihero says: Apr 14, 2012 1:59 PM

    bucs13 says:
    Apr 14, 2012 9:24 AM
    Three comments-

    1. While noting that Ryan Leaf deserves his sentence for the crimes he committed (such as burglary), it should be noted that addiction is a hell of thing. I feel sad for him and his family that he didn’t get the treatment that he needed.

    2. This is another example of why drug addicts should almost never accept long periods of “probation” in lieu of a shorter actual jail sentence. Had Leaf gone to prison for a short period of time on the original criminal charges, he might have been aware of the consequences of his addiction, and received help. Instead, he skated with no “consequences” but was doomed by the Texas probation, which he inevitably would violate without receiving help. Welcome to the plea bargaining system.

    3. Yes, he sucked as an NFL player.

    Just to let you know he had been to at least 10 treatment centers so why would you feel bad for him when he was offered the help time and time again.

    I Feel bad for the family but not him how can I when his whole life it’s been one excuse after another.

  35. 2ndaryinsanity says: Apr 14, 2012 2:08 PM

    Once again, someone plays the race card when it has NOTHING to do with the situation. Here’s the difference: Leaf just flat out sucked, but Russell was a bust due to his laziness/indifference. Why is it everytime people are critical of a black player, it becomes a race issue????

  36. tmilla19 says: Apr 14, 2012 2:16 PM

    Here you go Florio legal??? He has a benign brain tumor. Does the tumor inhibit his brain and make him do things he normally wouldn’t? That would be my defense if I was his counsel all you need is an expert confirming and he is off the hook for the crime, but obviously needing some serious help.

  37. sillychrizzy says: Apr 14, 2012 3:05 PM

    I feel super bad for this man. I mean come on there’s so much ish going on in his life…I truly believe if he has the chance to OD he would…he needs to be put in some sort of institution.

  38. geeforcer says: Apr 14, 2012 3:12 PM

    Here is is why he is the greatest bust of all:
    1) Chargers gave up a ton of picks for the privilage to draft him.
    2) They insisted that they wanted him all along over Manning (only one of the best ever) to everyone who would listen.
    3) During and after that draft, Chargers disparaged Manning behind the scenes, poisoning ther relationship with the Manning family, causing Eli to refuse to play for them, go to NY and win 2 SBs.

  39. 69finfan says: Apr 14, 2012 4:38 PM

    Hate the disease, not the person. If you’ve never been adicted you have no earthly idea what it is like and how it absolutely consumes your being. Good luck Ryan.

  40. randomguy9999 says: Apr 14, 2012 4:42 PM

    raidmagic says:
    Apr 14, 2012 9:39 AM
    This has to make him worse than Jamarcus,right?

    ==================================

    I dunno….. JaMarcus really took the cake…..

  41. purpwalk says: Apr 14, 2012 5:51 PM

    so the real moral of the story is to threaten to kick your potential employer’s ass for 15 years if they don’t hire you

    ok, got it

  42. detroitcityryda says: Apr 14, 2012 7:06 PM

    50 years ? In europe they have programs that help out addicts if they are constantly getting in trouble and manny apply and become clean so they don’t have to face hard time . U.S. talks about democracy but it’s actually no different than Some dictator run countries ,its just that they don’t tell you on the news when they put people on the chair or inject them with the poison like they do over there .

  43. covercorner says: Apr 14, 2012 9:36 PM

    This is not football news. It does not impact any team or the league. Why not let this non-story go?

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