Ryan Leaf – NFL Bust Arrested Again


The NFL draft is later this month, but this past week arguably one of the biggest busts in NFL draft history made some news for himself.

Ryan Leaf, the second overall pick in the 1998 draft behind future hall of famer and new Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, was arrested on drug possession and burglary charges in Great Falls, Montana.

While Manning has thrived throughout his NFL career, Leaf faltered from the beginning and he was out of the league for good after only a few turbulent seasons.

Leaf released a statement through his publicist, Wendy Ogunsemore on Friday night.

“I’ve made some mistakes, and have no excuses,” the statement read. “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 circumstance surrounding Leaf’s most recent arrest is not clear yet, but this is definitely not his first run in with the law.

In fact, Leaf is currently on probation for 2009 indictment after an investigation following an accusation that he burglarized a player’s home while he was the quarterbacks coach for West Texas A&M, showed that he had obtained nearly 1,000 pain pills from local pharmacies in only an eight-month span. As part of his plea deals, Leaf received 10 years of probation and was fined $20,000.

His most recent arrest is obviously going to affect his current probation status.

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