Ryan Leaf headed to prison after getting kicked out of treatment

Leaf is no longer in a drug treatment program. (Getty Images)

Ten months ago, we wrote about Ryan Leaf and the words we used then are just as fitting today:

Leaf's NFL existence has been a tortured one pretty much from the moment he was taken with the second overall pick in the 1998 draft by the San Diego Chargers. He lasted three years in San Diego, bounced around three other teams the next two seasons and eventually was out of football altogether.

In the decade since, the only time Leaf has made news was for all the wrong reasons.

In March, he was arrested in Great Falls, Mont., on felony burglary, misdemeanor theft and criminal possession of dangerous drugs. Three months later, Leaf was sentenced to a five-year commitment in the Montana Department of Corrections.

According to the Great Falls Tribune, the first nine months of Leaf's sentence were to be spent in a Lewiston, Mont., drug treatment facility, followed by six months in a prerelease center before serving out the rest of the five-year sentence under a supervised community placement.

That was the plan, anyway. On Thursday, the Tribune reported that Leaf had been kicked out of the treatment program and transferred to state prison.

“(T)he 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 placement,” Dawn Handa, regional probation and parole administrator in Great Falls, said in a statement (via the Tribune). “The violations included threatening a program staff member.”

Back in March, Leaf said in a statement that "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."

ProFootballTalk.com notes that in 2010, Leaf was given a 10-year suspended sentence in Texas, and he now could have to serve some (or all) of that sentence after serving time in Montana.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to the Pick-6 Podcast on iTunes. You can follow Ryan Wilson on Twitter here: @ryanwilson_07.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

Show Comments Hide Comments
CBS Sports Store
NFL Cold Weather Gear
Our Latest Stories