Former WSU, NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf arrested in Montana

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After four unproductive and injury-plagued seasons in the NFL from 1998-2001, quarterback Ryan Leaf was out of the league and ran into legal problems involving drugs. In 2010 a Texas judge sentenced him to 10 years' probation. Then in 2012, he pleaded guilty to burglary and drug possession and given a five-year jail term. In January, he was moved from a drug treatment center to state prison in Montana for threatening a staff member and violating his treatment plan. (AP)
GREAT FALLS, Mont. —

Former Washington State University and National Football League quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested Friday in his hometown of Great Falls.

 

Leaf was booked on felony charges of burglary of a residence and criminal possession of dangerous drugs and first-time charge of misdemeanor theft, according to Cascade County Detention officer Robert Rivera.

 

Leaf was freed on $76,000 bail and is expected in court Monday, police said.

 

Leaf released a statement through his publicist, Wendy Ogunsemore, on Friday evening.

 

"I've made some mistakes, and have no excuses," the statement read. "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."

 

Police have not released details on the circumstances surrounding his arrest.

 

Friday's arrest also raises the question of whether his arrest means the 10-year probation plea agreement he negotiated with Texas prosecutors stemming from drug and burglary charges in 2009 will be revoked.

 

James Farren, the Randall County district attorney who negotiated the 2010 plea agreement, did not immediately return a text message seeking comment on Leaf's arrest in Montana.

 

Leaf was a standout quarterback at WSU and was the No. 2 pick in the 1998 NFL draft.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this story.