Ryan Leaf arrested on burglary and drug charges again, issues statement
It wasn’t that long ago when Ryan Leaf was promoting his book and saying he straightened out his life and got clean. But the latest news out of Montana on Friday regarding Leaf shows just how hard it is for some people to get on the straight and narrow.
According to a report by the Great Falls Tribune, Leaf was arrested early Friday afternoon by Great Falls police on burglary, theft and drug charges. Leaf, who posted the $76,000 bond, issued a statement Friday night through his publicist:
“I’ve made some mistakes, and have no excuses. I am using the tools I’ve learned to move forward rather than backwards, and will be open to talking about the details in the days to come. I am confident that there will be further understanding when the facts are revealed, and feel very blessed for all of the support, especially from my friends and family.”
The charges sound very similar to when the legendary NFL bust was brought up on drug and burglary charges in Texas in 2009. That was when Leaf, who’s battled an addiction to painkillers, as an assistant football coach for West Texas A&M, allegedly broke into a player’s house to steal pills. Leaf pled guilty to those charges and received 10 years probation.
It’s still not clear what led to Leaf’s arrest on Friday. Officially, he’s charged with burglary and criminal possession of dangerous drugs (both felonies) and a misdemeanor count of theft. He was reportedly picked up at a probation office.
Leaf has yet to release his second book of a three-book deal. Looks like he needs make room for at least another chapter.