Ryan Leaf’s Arrest
You’ve probably heard that Ryan Leaf was arrested yesterday on burglary, theft and drug charges in Great Falls, Mont., his hometown.
I was saddened by the news. Leaf, by all accounts, seemed to have kicked his addiction to pain-killers and was on the road back.
He had written a book about his final season at Washington State and planned to write two more.
We talked to him on “The Kevin Calabro Show” this week, and he sounded great. We had him on the show, not so much to talk about him, but to get his thoughts on Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.
Leaf offered his insight on each QB, recalling that the top of the 1998 draft had a lot in common with the 2012 draft – back then, the Colts were trying to decide between Manning and Leaf, and now they’re choosing between Luck and Griffin.
Leaf told me later in a text that it felt good to not be the subject of an interview. He wants to be a TV football analyst and was interested in working for the Pac-12 Network, which launches later this year.
Maybe he’ll still get that opportunity. But obviously if the charges ultimately lead to some kind of conviction, he could end up in jail. Leaf is already serving a 10-year suspended sentence relating to drug charges in Texas in April 2010.
I don’t know a damn thing about drug addiction, but it must be overwhelmingly powerful stuff. The Ryan Leaf that I’ve come to know over the past couple of years is not a Ryan Leaf who would throw his new life away. The old Ryan Leaf would’ve thrown all kinds of stuff away, but not this one.
I’ll continue to stick up for the guy. And I’ll hope that when the details come out, there will be some extenuating circumstances that will make the situation look better than it does right now.