Ryan Leaf pleads guilty to felony burglary, drug possession

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Ryan Leaf pleaded guilty to felony drug possession and burglary charges today in Montana as part of a deal that will see him serve nine months in a treatment facility, followed by six more months in a pre-release center.

Leaf, the No. 2 overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft, told a judge today that the drug treatment is exactly what he wants.

I’m very much looking forward to that opportunity,,” Leaf said, via the Great Falls Tribune. “An intensive nine months in a rehab facility is what’s presently needed at this point.”

Although Montana authorities are expected to suspend the remainder of Leaf’s five-year sentence if he does what’s asked of him in treatment and pre-release, that doesn’t mean he won’t serve significant time in prison. Leaf was already on probation in Texas for similar crimes related to stealing prescription painkillers, and Texas authorities may sentence him to up to 10 years in prison for violating his probation. A determination on his status in Texas is expected to take place next month.

Leaf has been in jail since the second of his two arrests this year for breaking into homes and stealing painkillers. He has said he became addicted to painkillers he took for injuries he suffered during his football career.

44 responses to “Ryan Leaf pleads guilty to felony burglary, drug possession

  1. He has said he became addicted to painkillers he took for injuries he suffered during his football career.

    What football career?

  2. Dude. Get some help before you become a permanent member of the prison system. Next time, they may not let you out.

  3. Leaf can FINALLY be the top draft pick……in the yard pickup games that is! šŸ˜€

    Seriously though, it’s a shame to see addiction dragging anyone this far down.

  4. I have a feeling if he gets 10 years in Texas his body parts will expand, namely the thing that doesn’t blink but stinks. Good luck boy and don’t drop the soap loser!

  5. Texas will give him a second chance if he completes the treatment program. He is a non violent offender and treatment is really what he needs anyways. It usually takes two or three relapses before you are ready to recover.

  6. best of luck to you, Ryan. Hopefully, you’ll kick the painkillers.

  7. Burglary is a dangerous crime. Who knows what he would have done if someone got between him and his precious drugs. And they let him off with barely a slap on the wrist. This guy is a liar and he will be back to doing drugs in no time. He knows all the right things to say to the judge and the rehab people, but some innocent person is going to get hurt someday by this vile person.

  8. I’ve totally evolved from joking about his failed QB career to hoping he get’s some help for his drug problem which is so obviously destroying his life.

  9. Its amazing how these players have everything, money, a profession they love and a future that is paved for them…
    Then they go and screw up every opportunity they have in a very short time, Its crazy.

  10. Hook him up to a 24 hr a day Demeral IV drip, put him in a closet in a state facility and call it a day.

  11. I am NO fan of Mr. Leaf, however his B&E into houses is a SYMPTOM of his drug addiction. I feel as though this sentence makes sense. He truly needs to go through an intensive rehab / follow-up program. In this case, prison seems to be an idea doomed to failure, if in fact, he is ever going to be a productive part of society, and I hope this is the result we all hope he will achieve and eventually embrace. I wish him well on his road to sobriety.

  12. This isn’t quite the slap on the wrist most people think, this program he’s going to is called nexus I know a few people that have gone through it and its a tough program. It’s going to be similar to a minimum to medium security prison. Plus spending 24-7 with method addicts is no picnic

  13. This isn’t quite the slap on the wrist most people think, this program he’s going to is called nexus I know a few people that have gone through it and its a tough program. It’s going to be similar to a minimum to medium security prison. Plus spending 24-7 with meth addicts is no picnic

  14. He caught a break in Montana which they shouldn’t have given him. He’s no different the the other druggies who steal drugs to get high! Texas on the other hand is not Liberal like Montana and they’ll lock his a** up!

  15. canetic says:

    Burglary is a dangerous crime. Who knows what he would have done if someone got between him and his precious drugs. And they let him off with barely a slap on the wrist. This guy is a liar and he will be back to doing drugs in no time. He knows all the right things to say to the judge and the rehab people, but some innocent person is going to get hurt someday by this vile person.
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    He knows the right things to say to the judge and rehab people? Oh, to be so innocent. Judges and rehab workers aren’t fooled by anything addicts–including Ryan Leaf–say to them. And the system isn’t treating him any differently than anyone else.

  16. Wow. He’s going to be miserable. Texas never misses the opportunity to pound someone’s head in court if the TV camera is there.

  17. He obviously has a problem.. quit using the fact that he was a first round draft pick as a joke/punch line. Sure I think he did stupid things he could of avoided and sought help for but come on man! You dont have a friend.. or a friend of a friend with an issue? I can honestly give a crap about him but dont make posts that make u look like a bandwagon jumpin fool.. the guy has a problem. You just dislike him cuz he had talent, got paid and squandered it. He is an addict. Just like somebody you know.

  18. everybody makes mistakes but he has made multiple ones despite the rehab treatments. I love how he is sure this one will work now that he is staring at hard time in Texas. hope it does so that you serve your time sober so you can remember what it’s like should think about using again when you get out.

  19. …yet Mike Vick spends a year in Kansas ‘MAX’ and Plex spends the better part of two years in state prison. The idea that All athletes get preferential treatment within the judicial system simply because of their wealth and/or celebrity is an absolute LIE and has never been true……see Jack Johnson, Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, Marian Jones, etc..etc

    @ESPNfeedback

  20. I see these comments and the empathy for Leaf and wonder where was this empathy for Johnny Jolly? Come on people. They are both young men who are drug addicts. Why does Jolly have to be a worthless piece of crap who doesn’t deserve to breath?

  21. You see thats just wrong, hes getting off way to easy. If any of us had done half the illegal stuff hes done wed get 9 years instead of 9 months. Just one of many ways of why our country is messed up i guess.

  22. Good luck Leaf..addiction ain’t no joke! I know… to all of you who believe otherwise, that’s certainly your right. And its no excuse..but it is real. I wish him well..

  23. There are a lot of people among the two million people we have in prision in the U.S. who have had a lot fewer chances and a lot fewer opportunities than Leaf has. I do believe that drug addiction is a serious disease. But I also know that in every type of addiction, part of the cure involves making the decision to get better. Leaf should be clearly told that this is his LAST opportunity to make that decision and to get clean. He has to demonstrate that he wants to change and that demonstration needs to be with his actions, not his words.

  24. Give Leaf a break! Hes a drug addict who needs intensive therapy. It looks like he’s gonna get that help now. This isnt a sports story, its a human life story. Good luck!

  25. What injuries? He didn’t have a career. It’s not surprising that he’s an addict he seem pretty weak minded when he played.

  26. relaunche: Your obviously have some awareness
    of addiction.
    As a CADC treating this “disease” which is a life-time process, Ryan like all of us, may have simply started taking meds as prescribed, but after
    having to stop, found out he could not, on his own.
    In 30 years no one addicted to anything, from sex, food; alcohol; anorexia; and many more, need
    exactly what he needed, treatment. Now it’s up to him, to understand, that it will never be “cured” but he can recover and be like 25M others who attended 12 step meetings with like-minded recovery people, and lead a very good life, and helping others in the process!
    Jail is the easy way, costs more, and doesn’t do anything! I hope the others, who throw the first stones, don’t have to go through what his family and friends are going through, pain, confusion, disappointment, and shame!
    CT.

  27. ā€œIā€™m very much looking forward to that opportunity,,ā€

    …to finish all this treatment facility stuff, and get back to stealing drugs.

  28. an addict is an addict is an addict. that said, i sereriosly hope this man gets himself clean. his athletic career only brings notierity that works against him now. but for the grace of god go i, or you, or someone you care about.

  29. Just like the case of Big Ben and Ken Caminiti public opinion is TOTALLY DIFFERENT!!!! SO MUCH MORE COMPASSION AND WELL WISHES BEING SHOWN!!! Would be DIFFERENT if this was JaMarcus Russell, or Cris Carter. People were bringing up Carter’s drug problem up in comment section on the bounty story and he has kicked that habit over 20yrs ago. Most of you want Russell thrown under the jail and he’s NOT breaking into anyone’s home!!! I also wonder how many of leaf crimes have been COVERED up early on. Ken Caminiti 2.0…if he doesn’t stop getting slaps on the wrist!

  30. Will RGLeaf come visit him in the pokey? He can get some pointers of what his future as a bust will be like.

  31. I have no sympathy for leaf. He made the decision to abuse drugs. He also made the decision to be a complete A-Hole to everyone in his football career. Stand up, be a man, and take responsibility for your actions. It is incumbent upon him to
    Make an honest effort to get clean. There is no other person that can make that decision for him.

  32. We need to know every sordid detail of every criminal happening of every former NFL scrub. We lap it up like a cats lap up milk. Keep it coming.

  33. Newsflash… You are all a bunch of dumb asses…. You have no idea … None… Laugh it up… I’m sure your life is peaches and cream at home. Right? Keep on Judgin!

  34. “He has said he became addicted to painkillers he took for injuries he suffered during his football career.”

    Likewise, a lot of Charger fans became addicted to painkillers when suffering that football “career”.

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