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Ryan Leaf’s five-year sentence starts with addiction treatment


Ryan Leaf will spend the next nine months in lockdown addiction treatment as the start of a five-year sentence for breaking into a house to steal prescription painkillers.

Leaf, the No. 2 overall pick of the 1998 NFL draft, was sentenced to seven years in prison in Montana today, but two years of that sentence will be suspended.

District Judge Kenneth Neill issued the sentence after Leaf addressed the court and said he was humiliated and embarrassed by the attention he has brought on himself and his family. Leaf was arrested twice in one weekend in April for stealing painkillers and has been in jail ever since. He told the judge that jail “has been a sanctuary.”

Leaf previously pleaded guilty to stealing prescription painkillers in Texas and remains on probation there as part of a 10-year suspended sentence he received in a plea deal in 2010. Texas and Montana authorities are still determining when Leaf will be forced to answer for probation violations in Texas.

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24 Responses to “Ryan Leaf’s five-year sentence starts with addiction treatment”
  1. mjbulls45 says: Jun 19, 2012 7:06 PM

    somebody put a gun to jamarcus russell’s head and tell him he’s got no choice…

    comeback and put everything in it or end up like leaf

  2. sleepyjordan says: Jun 19, 2012 7:06 PM

    Sad. I wish him the best, and hope he can overcome this.

  3. backindasaddle says: Jun 19, 2012 7:08 PM

    He doesn’t look particularly pleased in that picture. I wonder if he wasn’t a big college QB/drafted with such big expectations into the NFL if his life would have taken such a path.

  4. ocdn says: Jun 19, 2012 7:09 PM

    Looking at his picture, I can see why..trailer trash man.

  5. bdert says: Jun 19, 2012 7:14 PM

    Self sabotaging at the highest level!!

  6. gotampabay52 says: Jun 19, 2012 7:15 PM

    did someone tell him its a true 5yr deal nfl player options doesnt work

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 19, 2012 7:16 PM

    Even prior to treatment, the facility will attempt to teach the prisoners how to button their shirts up evenly.

  8. donterrelli says: Jun 19, 2012 7:54 PM

    It’s so sad, even addiction can take everything away. I wish him the best with his forced treatment. I hope he can realize.

  9. beavertonsteve says: Jun 19, 2012 8:08 PM

    It’s easy to rip the guys since they threw away great opportunities, but for guys like Leaf and Johnny Jolly I hope they do find ways to turn their lives around for good and just be able to live a normal life again.

  10. thegreatestofalltimes says: Jun 19, 2012 8:32 PM

    It’s going to be a long, hard road for him to completely get over it. I’ve had 2 friends who were addicted to painkillers and when they never got out of the habit of doing something illegal to procure it, I thought they were idiots. Then, I watched a few documentaries about how such addictions re-wire the brain and permanently so and realized it was more complex than just impulsive behavior.

    Maybe he can start speaking engagements about his issues and help other athletes. I wish him the best of luck and he’ll need all the support he gets when he leaves jail.

  11. covercorner says: Jun 19, 2012 9:07 PM

    What are the Chargers going to do without their starting QB for the next 5 seasons? This is a huge NFL newstory.

  12. jerrysandusky1 says: Jun 19, 2012 9:23 PM

    Wouldn’t jail help his addiction? It’s called cold turkey.

  13. hailvictory10 says: Jun 19, 2012 10:03 PM

    Addiction IS a mother!!!
    Your brain totally screams out and needs help

    I hope Ryan can overcome this and turn his life into a positive. If you are not rooting for him, shame on you.

    God bless Ryan

  14. 2112ruler says: Jun 19, 2012 10:04 PM

    I find the whole thing just plain depressing.

    Scary when you consider that he was supposed to be taken ahead of Peyton Manning.

  15. trevormcnamara says: Jun 19, 2012 10:10 PM

    O how far the mighty and rich has fallen

  16. fumblenuts says: Jun 19, 2012 10:29 PM

    That pic looks like he is the new QB for the “Mean Machine.”

  17. raiderapologist says: Jun 19, 2012 10:30 PM

    Got to give the Chargers credit. They are good at drafting criminals.

  18. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 19, 2012 10:50 PM

    Im glad my colts didnt draft him and glad we didnt draft IRG3 either, rg Leaf

  19. saintsfan83 says: Jun 19, 2012 10:59 PM

    Top that Jamarcuss Russel balls in your court now.

  20. whatswiththehate says: Jun 19, 2012 11:20 PM

    jerrysandusky1 says:Jun 19, 2012 9:23 PM

    Wouldn’t jail help his addiction? It’s called cold turkey.
    Many of you seem to think the best help for the other players who suffer from addictions and are always getting busted for using drugs is jail. And funny thing is, many of them didn’t steal their drugs like Ryan Leaf was/is.

  21. duncanthecat says: Jun 19, 2012 11:20 PM

    What is he addictad to: stupidity

  22. The Prophet says: Jun 20, 2012 12:07 AM

    Talk about a real life tragedy …

  23. brasho says: Jun 20, 2012 7:14 AM

    His new uniform is a far cry from the Chargers or Cowboy uniforms he used to wear.

  24. packerbadger says: Jun 20, 2012 2:31 PM

    I’d feel a little more sorry for him if he wasn’t such a jerk.

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