March 30, 2012 in Sports

Leaf arrested in Montana


Former Washington State quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested Friday in his hometown of Great Falls, Mont., on theft, burglary and drug charges, the Great Falls Tribune reported.

According to the report, Leaf posted $76,000 bond after Great Falls police arrested him at about 12:35 p.m. A police department spokesman said more details about Leaf’s arrest should be available Saturday.

Leaf was booked on felony charges of burglary of a residence and criminal possession of dangerous drugs, plus a first-time charge of misdemeanor theft, Cascade County Detention Center Officer Robert Rivera said.

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.”

Leaf, 35, led WSU to a Rose Bowl appearance following the 1997 season and was the No. 2 pick in the 1998 NFL draft.

After a brief professional career that ended in 2002, Leaf ran into legal trouble. A burglary and drug indictment in 2009 resulted in a sentence of 10 years of probation after he pleaded guilty in 2010 to several felony drug charges in Texas.

In his recent autobiography, “596 Switch,” Leaf details his playing career, injuries from which led to his struggle with prescription drug addiction. He has spoken openly about his time in drug rehabilitation, and his website says he has since “focused his efforts on speaking with college athletes about lessons learned.”

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