Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested and booked into the Cascade County jail on Friday. Officials at the Cascade County Detention Center tell NBC Montana that officers arrested Leaf on charges of felony burglary, misdemeanor theft and felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
The arrest happened at the Cascade County Probation Office. Officials say he is free on bond after posting $76,000.
He was in town for a series of book signings, but instead, Leaf spent the time he was supposed to be at a Barnes & Noble in Billings posting a $76,000 bond at the Cascade County Detention Center.
“I’ve made some mistakes, and have no excuses,” Leaf said a statement released by his publicist. “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 had taken a leave of absence from a coaching position at West Texas A&M after it was revealed that he had asked a player for painkillers — allegedly to help him with the pain of a wrist injury he had suffered in his NFL days. The burglary charge stemmed from an incident in which Leaf allegedly broke into the apartment of an injured West Texas A&M football player, looking for prescribed Hydrocodone painkillers.
As Randall County District Attorney James Farren said at that time, nobody was surprised by Leaf’s addiction, and the problems it has caused.
“Everyone knew if you got injured, you’d get a visit from Ryan Leaf,” Farren told the Associated Press in 2008. “And when he left, he had half their pain medication.”