Ex-QB, ESPN analyst Ryan Leaf arrested on domestic battery charge

Ryan Young
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Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ryan Leaf was arrested on Friday afternoon for misdemeanor domestic battery, per TMZ Sports.

According to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department police report, Leaf was arrested in Palm Desert, California, and booked on a single domestic battery charge. It’s unclear what incident took place that resulted in his arrest.

He was being held on $5,000 bail at Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, California, per the police report. He was released the same day and is scheduled for a court hearing in September.

The 44-year-old is one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history. The former Washington State standout went No. 2 overall to the San Diego Chargers in the 1998 draft behind Peyton Manning. However he lasted just three seasons in the league — two with San Diego and one with Dallas. In total, he threw just 14 touchdowns and 36 interceptions while compiling a career 4-17 record.

He later pled guilty to felony burglary and criminal possession of a dangerous drug in 2012, spent time in jail and violated his probation in Texas in 2014 when he broke into a home in Montana to steal prescription drugs.

Leaf had turned his life around, got sober, landed a job at ESPN last year as a college football analyst and even co-hosted “NFL Live.”

Ryan Leaf was arrested on Friday in Southern California on domestic battery charges. (Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images)
Ryan Leaf was arrested on Friday in Southern California on domestic battery charges. (Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images)

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