For the second time in just one week, Ryan Leaf has been arrested for burglary involving prescription pain killers.
At one time a young QB with a bright future (he was selected just after Peyton Manning in the 1998 draft), Leaf seemed to begin his downward spiral last year after he underwent surgery to remove a benign tumor from his brain stem–although Chargers fans think differently.
Last Friday, March 30th, Leaf was arrested for breaking into a friend’s house and stealing pain killers; a search of his truck produced the missing bottle. He posted bail, only to break into a couple’s home on Sunday to steal more. He made off with three bottles that time after telling the owners he had the wrong address and fleeing. The couple later identified him in a lineup, and police are looking at GPS information from Leaf’s truck to try and connect him to a string of other burglaries in the area.
Leaf released a statement about the arrests, saying, “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.”
Twitter users seem to think this won’t be the last we hear about Leaf:
What I’m honestly wondering, here: Is anybody going to be there for Ryan Leaf? Does he have family, friends, doctors, anything?
Ryan Leaf arrested twice over four days. The “Leaf vs. Manning” debate gets a little more lopsided