Former NFL QB Ryan Leaf arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery in Palm Springs, California

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery in Palm Springs, California, on Friday.

Leaf was arrested around 2 p.m. local time and is being held at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, California, on $5,000 bail, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. 

Leaf was the No. 2 overall selection in the 1998 NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers. Leaf played just three seasons in the NFL, throwing for 14 touchdowns and 36 interceptions, and earned the dubious distinction as one of the biggest draft busts in league history. 

After his tumultuous NFL tenure, Leaf's personal life fell apart. In 2009, Leaf was indicted on drug and burglary charges in Texas. He spent two years in prison after being arrested in 2012 for breaking into a home in Montana to steal prescription drugs, and violating his Texas probation.

Leaf spent the 2019 college football season working as an analyst for ESPN.

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