Ryan Leaf, the former No. 1 draft pick of the San Diego Chargers, has been arrested in his hometown of Great Falls, Mont., on suspicion of burglary and drug possession.
The former NFL quarterback, a standout at Washington State before he was selected second overall behind Peyton Manning in the 1998 draft and became one of the league’s biggest busts, was booked on felony charges of burglary of a residence and criminal possession of dangerous drugs, plus misdemeanor theft, according to Cascade County Detention Center Officer Robert Rivera.
Leaf, who is on probation for a plea deal reached in Texas on burglary and drug charges in 2009, was freed on $76,000 bond and is scheduled for a court appearance Monday.
Leaf flamed out as quarterback for the San Diego Chargers, gaining a reputation as one of the biggest busts in NFL history.
Leaf’s publicist, Wendy Ogunsemore, released a statement from him on Friday night:
“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.”
Leaf, who had surgery to remove a benign tumor from his brain stem and later underwent additional radiation treatments last year, is at risk of jail time if Texas prosecutors seek to revoke his 10-year probation deal.
Associated Press contributed to this report.