Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf arrested in California


Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested on Friday in southern California.

Leaf, 44, was arrested for a household battery in Palm Desert, about 177 kilometers southeast of Los Angeles, according to booking information provided Saturday by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Leaf is being held on $ 5,000 bail at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Center.

It was not immediately known if Leaf had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.

Leaf finished third in the Heisman Trophy vote in 1997 and led Washington State to the Rose Bowl. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers as number 2 pick in 1998, but he was only 4-14 as a starter in three seasons. He was 0-3 with the Dallas Cowboys in 2001 and ended his four-year career with 14 touchdown passes and 36 interceptions.

He was arrested in 2012 for breaking into a Montana home to steal prescription drugs, which violated his probation in Texas and led to prison.

Last July, Leaf was hired by ESPN to be a football analyst. Leaf worked for the Pac-12 network last season and co-hosted a show on SiriusXM’s Pac-12 channel.


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