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Ryan Leaf sent to prison after threatening drug treatment staffer

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Ryan Leaf’s life has taken another sad turn, as he was kicked out of his residential drug treatment program and sent to prison.

The Great Falls Tribune reports that Leaf, who was sent to treatment after twice getting caught stealing prescription painkillers, has been moved from a treatment center to the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge.

“The Montana Department of Corrections terminated Leaf from the treatment program and placed him in prison after he was found guilty of behavior that violated conditions of his drug treatment placement,” a Montana probation and parole administrator said in a statement. “The violations included threatening a program staff member.”

Leaf got a seven-year sentence for drug and burglary charges in June, but if he was able to successfully complete drug treatment he was expected to serve only about 15 months. It is unclear how much prison time Leaf will now have to serve in Montana. Leaf was previously given a 10-year suspended sentence in Texas in 2010, and he may have to serve some or all of that sentence after completing his time in Montana.

In other words, the No. 2 overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft may be in prison for many years.

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43 Responses to “Ryan Leaf sent to prison after threatening drug treatment staffer”
  1. cletusvandam says: Jan 17, 2013 2:00 PM

    Are the Bengals going to hold a spot for him too?

  2. schmitty2 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:02 PM

    I wonder if he told the staffer “Don’t talk to me!!!! Knock it off!!!”

  3. Stiller43 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:15 PM

    A sad turn? Its not like a girlfriend that he made up died…thats sad.

  4. pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 17, 2013 2:15 PM

    I know I’m in the minority here, but I just feel bad for Leaf. Drug addiction at that level is simply insidious. At this point, I just hope he’s able to salvage a semblence of life.

  5. hor2012 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:16 PM

    I guess I’m the only one that doesn’t find this funny

  6. keiselsbeard says: Jan 17, 2013 2:17 PM

    What a piece of garbage.

  7. mountaindont says: Jan 17, 2013 2:17 PM

    I think the picture was taken when Leaf was a replacement ref.

  8. macneil4025 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:20 PM

    Maybe he just couldn’t believe Payton Manning threw that ball across his body, if he was still in the League he would never have made that pass!!

  9. elroyjetsson says: Jan 17, 2013 2:22 PM

    He is the definition of a Squandered Life. Still, I can’t help but feel bad for this guy.

  10. hoopieguy says: Jan 17, 2013 2:22 PM

    I have been addicted to things, and I have nothing but sadness for the guy. You have no idea just how bad it is until you’ve been there

  11. aberystwyth2 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:22 PM

    seriously, drug addiction is terrible.

  12. nolanwiffle says: Jan 17, 2013 2:23 PM

    Clearly it would be an understatement to say the Chargers missed on this pick. But in looking back, the 1998 first round was fairly crappy.

  13. mvp43 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:24 PM

    Ya, but he’s got a good arm.

  14. 2difshoe says: Jan 17, 2013 2:24 PM

    Rae Carruth, OJ, and Leaf….the Longest Yard getting longer.

  15. specialagentjohnnyutah says: Jan 17, 2013 2:25 PM

    Still hard to believe there was even a debate between him and Manning for being picked #1.
    Talk about two lives going in completely opposite directions.

  16. bgdabengal says: Jan 17, 2013 2:26 PM

    Jamarcus Russell loves this guy.

  17. SparkyGump says: Jan 17, 2013 2:27 PM

    So very sad. Prison is not the answer for this man but that’s where he’s going. We’re gluttons for our own doom.

  18. mrphatal says: Jan 17, 2013 2:29 PM

    Dallas might be interested in him. He Could be comfortably numb all the time.

  19. 4evrnyt says: Jan 17, 2013 2:29 PM

    At least Jamarcus Russell wasn’t a criminal(although he robbed the Raiders blind) Leaf continues to go out of his way to prove that he’s the biggest turd bust the NFL has ever seen.

  20. mrphatal says: Jan 17, 2013 2:29 PM

    He’s gonna make one hell of a paper boy with that arm!

  21. jmorand47 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:29 PM

    Everytime I read something about Ryan Leaf, I can’t help but wonder how in the world we wondered, “Manning or Leaf”?

  22. doublezero74 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:32 PM

    Seems like a harsh sentence for stealing painkillers. Convicted sexual offenders get less time than that

  23. aldavis4president says: Jan 17, 2013 2:36 PM

    Lol you ppl actually feel bad for this guy?? He’s been givin countless chances to change…addiction is a horrible thing I’ve grown around it my whole life..but he has had plenty of opportunities to sober up and continues to blow it. No remorse for this bum rot in prison son.

  24. devildog911 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:37 PM

    I heard that the Jets are in need of a QB. I know the Jets like the media attention and with Tebow leaving, this should keep them in the spotlight, lol.

  25. RexCanCoach says: Jan 17, 2013 2:41 PM

    This guy may be mentally ill. I wonder if anyone has tested him? To think about difference between Leaf and P. Manning yesterday vs. today is mind-boggling.

  26. damnsureis says: Jan 17, 2013 2:44 PM

    I have to think that this is the end of his NFL career.

  27. digbysellers says: Jan 17, 2013 2:53 PM

    He should be able to get out of the pokey and resume his career post haste. Jeff George is still available for fill in gigs so why can’t old Leafy get off his hooch and get on out there and sling the old pigskin around like he used to back against the College’s of the Blind and whatnot that he used to destroy.

  28. whatjusthapped says: Jan 17, 2013 2:59 PM

    When he gets out, the Vikings have a place for him

  29. lightninglucci says: Jan 17, 2013 3:02 PM

    On Sunday, October 26th, 1997, the San Diego Chargers beat the Indianapolis Colts 35-19.

    Had the Colts won, the Chargers would have had the first pick.

    What could have been…

    Actually, the Chargers would have probably still managed to pick Leaf.

  30. fumblenuts says: Jan 17, 2013 3:08 PM

    “The violations included threatening a program staff member.”

    Well……looking back he never threatened a defense.

    I think that picture on this article just captured his entire life.

    Disappointment……………..

  31. tv426 says: Jan 17, 2013 3:27 PM

    Did the staff worker ask him about throwing interceptions?

  32. nathanbetz91 says: Jan 17, 2013 3:29 PM

    Still better than Manning

  33. bobnelsonjr says: Jan 17, 2013 3:30 PM

    For some people prison IS the answer.

    – It is the only way to get them off marijuana and other drugs; forced withdrawal.

    – Threats against staff members are dealt with severely.

    – He will have plenty of time to read the Bible.

    – Being cut off from marijuana and drugs gets their mind right. It produces a mind that can begin to figure out how to salvage their life.

    – Being cut off from society forces them to deal with life without having to lean on anyone or any harmful chemicals.

    Prison is a great program for druggies.

  34. rcali says: Jan 17, 2013 3:47 PM

    Buh Bye.

  35. cebig says: Jan 17, 2013 4:00 PM

    lightninglucci says:
    Jan 17, 2013 3:02 PM
    On Sunday, October 26th, 1997, the San Diego Chargers beat the Indianapolis Colts 35-19.

    Had the Colts won, the Chargers would have had the first pick.

    What could have been…

    Actually, the Chargers would have probably still managed to pick Leaf.

    ________________________________________

    Peyton would have demanded a trade to the Giants…..

  36. modellforprez says: Jan 17, 2013 4:36 PM

    damn leaf. he is just a mess and tabloid fodder

  37. jtt183 says: Jan 17, 2013 5:17 PM

    Better to be a bust than have a 9-11 playoff record. Amirite??????

  38. rayguyreturns says: Jan 17, 2013 5:39 PM

    I’m still not cryin’ for Ryan

  39. slickster35 says: Jan 17, 2013 6:09 PM

    2difshoe says:
    Jan 17, 2013 2:24 PM
    Rae Carruth, OJ, and Leaf….the Longest Yard getting longer.

    ——————–

    Don’t forget ray ray. Just because he got away with it doesn’t mean he couldn’t have been the captain.

  40. sixjak says: Jan 17, 2013 6:28 PM

    C’mon ppl, this is so sad that making light of it is truly heartless and classless. The guy is at rock bottom, self inflicted or not, not a time to point and laugh. FTR the replacement ref joke was actually funny so I did like that one. Carry on…..

  41. ticklemepickle77 says: Jan 17, 2013 8:27 PM

    Wasted opportunity! Feel bad for him tho. Wonder if the pain killer addiction started in the NFL? For him to be where he is, he really has some serious problems, I can only hope he turns it all around.

  42. swu32733 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:22 PM

    Some of these comments say much more about the writer than Ryan Leaf.

  43. natelan69 says: Jan 18, 2013 8:01 PM

    The man played on the Chargers for goodness sakes… Isn’t that punishment enough?

    (I’m a Chargers fan…)

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