Every year around draft time, Ryan Leaf becomes very relevant. For a guy taken No. 2 overall in the 1998 NFL Draft, that’s not the right time to become relevant, as it means you’re likely a draft bust. For years, Leaf was the bust to end all busts, but JaMarcus Russell has done his part to bail Leaf out.
But Leaf will need more than just Russell’s help to get him out of his latest predicament. The ex-NFL quarterback has been kicked out of drug treatment and sent back to prison. Leaf reportedly threatened a staff member and engaged in “other unspecified behavioral problems at the center”, per a report from ESPN.
Great Falls regional probation and parole administrator Dawn Handa said that Leaf will be spending the rest of his drug treatment at Deer Lodge prison, which isn’t as accommodating as the name suggests.
“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 program. The violations included threatening a program staff member,” Handa said in the statement.
Leaf was arrested last spring for stealing prescription medication form two houses he broke into near his hometown of Great Falls. That in May he plead guilty to reduced charges and was sentenced to spend nine months in a locked drug treatment facility as an alternative to prison. Leaf obviously has blown that chance, which is another in a long line of fumbled opportunities he’s had in his life.
As we yet again approach preparation for the NFL Draft, Ryan Leaf has forced himself to be relevant and reminded us all why we talk about him when April rolls around.