EX-Coug QB Leaf arrested on drug, theft charges

EX-Coug QB Leaf arrested on drug, theft charges

Ex-Washington State University Cougar Quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested on drug and theft charges in Great Falls, MT. Friday afternoon.

Leaf was arrested around 1 p.m. and booked into the Cascade County Jail, authorities with the Cascade County Sheriff’s Department confirmed.

He’s facing charges of felony burglary, felony possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor theft.

Leaf, who led the Cougars to their first PAC-10 championship and a Rose Bowl appearance in 1998, he went on to have a stormy, short-lived career in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers.

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His arrest Friday wasn’t the first time Leaf has run afoul of the law on drug charges.

After his NFL career Leaf later took on the position of Quarterbacks Coach at West Texas A&M. While at Texas he was placed on indefinite leave from the team and resigned the following day after it was discovered he had asked a student for medication to help deal with some wrist pain from his time in the NFL.

He was later indicted by a grand jury on seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, one count of delivery of a simulated controlled substance, and one count of burglary of a habitation. At the time of the indictment he was in a drug rehabilitation program in British Columbia.

But then he seemed to start turning his life around. He moved home to Great Falls, was coming to terms with his past; in fact the only bump in the road was last June when doctors had to remove a benign brain tumor.

And then last fall Ryan Lead was back in the spotlight, having seemingly turned his life around as he made a whistlestop media tour around Spokane, as well as down on the WSU campus in Pullman, to promote his autobiography 596 Switch, which focused on his 1997-1998 football season with the WSU Cougars.

Shortly after his arrest Friday afternoon Leaf posted $76,000 shortly and is currently free on bond.